NHLPA Approves Amendment To Goalie Interference Rule
Moments ago, the NHLPA announced that their competition committee, which includes Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, has agreed to the suggested rule change from the league’s general managers.
The NHLPA has agreed to approve the recommended change to Rule 78.7 (ii). Media release here: https://t.co/XFHBOVLYRc pic.twitter.com/6OWR3Wy4J4
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) March 21, 2018
The suggested change to the current rule would have the league’s situation room, which monitors every single game from Toronto, have the final say on any goaltender interference call. NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director, and former New York Rangers defenseman, Mathieu Schneider said: “First and foremost, the players want consistency in the application of the rule, and therefore support this proposed change in order to help accomplish that goal.”
The NHLPA announces it has approved the rule change recommended by the GMs today to give final authority on video review for goalie interference to the Situation Room in Toronto. It now needs unanimous BOG approval to become official.
— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) March 22, 2018
As hockey insider Dan Rosen notes above, the rule change still needs to be approved by the league’s Board of Governors. But seeing that the players and general managers are on board with the amendment, I don’t think it will meet much resistance and will be a part of the game in the very near future.