NHL shootout controversy (creative response)

Article: http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/01/video-pavelskis-controversial-shootout-winner/

Recently in the NHL there has been controversy surrounding the rules of the shootout.  More specifically, when a player is coming down the ice, the puck must continue momentum towards the net.  The controversy began with the seldom used ‘spinorama’ move in which a player does a full 360 upon close contact to the net.  Many players and coaches have shown displeasure towards the move believing that the puck goes against the rules of a shootout.  Therefore the policies surrounding the shootout are being put into question by the media, especially the goal (see article) by San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski, in which he begins a stopping motion and then continues forward.

The argument in support of Pavelski suggests that he was ‘stopping’ but did not necessarily ‘stop’.  As well, the puck was continuously moving forward while Pavelski began to stop.  Other stakeholders in the league believe that Pavelski comes to a full stop which should be considered no goal.  The overall rule has been misinterpreted and misunderstood by many and has established a grey area for what should and should not be considered a goal.

Therefore there is a need by the league to address the situation to improve the policies within the shootout.  Common controversial moves should be critically analyzed in order to determine there legality and provide a guideline for determining a good goal.  Furthermore the rules should be rewritten and structured with words that can allow the referees to conclude on a call in the shootout without controversy.


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3 Responses to NHL shootout controversy (creative response)

  1. bc10et says:

    At the beginning of the season the spin-o-rama was under review. it was reviewed by the NHL and the NHLPA about wether they believed it had a place in the game. It was the NHLPA that chose to allow the spin-o-rama to be used as they decided not to give it the go ahead to make it an illegal shootout move. As a result of the NHLPA’s actions this should not even be a controversy or talked about at this time as the players decided to keep it in making it a legal shootout move at least for the remainder of the year.

  2. hartmendy says:

    I could not agree more with your statement that the league needs to improve the policies within the shootout. It is evident that there have been many issues in the shootout. The stop-and-go and the spin-o-rama are the most notable, among others. They specify these rules regarding the shootout in the rule book, but there are ambiguities that arise more often than not. It seems every time a goal like Pavelski’s stop-and-go, or Maple Leaf forward Raymond’s spin-o-rama, there is controversy. The league does not seem to respond to these controversies, and it is evident something must be done. Perhaps sending these goals to Toronto and “the war room” is the best case scenario to get a good review of the goal and establish its legitimacy rather than ambiguity.

  3. tmills17 says:

    I agree completely, the spin-o-rama does seem to go against the rules of the shootout. The rules state that you must keep forward progress with the puck and there are many instances where these moves clearly go against this rule. Not to mention that in most cases when this move is performed, the players actually interfere with the goalie as well. The players legs usually end up impeding the goalies ability to push back to the short side and make the save. I think that these rules need to be addressed as the shootout continues and that they should be revisited regularly as these controversial moves occur.

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