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National Hockey League

NHL players approve hybrid icing

New York, NY (Sports Network) - After experimenting with hybrid icing in the preseason, the NHL Player's Association has voted to implement the new rule for the 2013-14 season.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly made the announcement on NHL Live on Monday.

The rule change is viewed as a way to make the game safer by eliminating the dangers and potential injuries that may result in the full bore races to the end boards for the puck.

In hybrid icing, a linesman is tasked with judging the race at the faceoff dots in the far zone. If the defending player is clearly ahead of the attacking player, then the whistle will sound and icing will be called. However, if the attacking player has the edge in pursuit of the puck, the icing is negated and the play will continue.

09/30 19:08:15 ET

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