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KHL introduces new rink rule for next season
Hmm. Interesting.

Those were the first two words that came to mind when I saw the new rule that will be introduced in the KHL next year.

Basically, it’s not really rocket science. From now on, a player won’t be allowed to keep the puck behind his own net for more than three seconds, otherwise the referees will blow the whistle to give the other team an offensive face-off.

The offending player will receive a warning… And if he continues to make the mistake, he will be eligible to receive a fine from the league.

The aim, of course, is to speed up the game so that defenders don’t spend too much time in their own territory to restart the attack.

I like it, honestly.

It puts a new element in the game and it means there’s less downtime on the ice. It’s good for the show.

I wonder how much the guys will have to adjust. After all, it’s not as if that’s all they do on the ice… But I imagine that at the start of the season, some players will forget the rule in question.

Which is normal, we agree.

I also wonder to what extent this has the potential to change coaches’ strategies. We know that players like to go to the bench when the puck is in their territory, and when a player settles behind his net, it’s usually to give his teammates time to make a change.

In the end, it’s still special, and I can’t wait to see if it makes a difference on the ice. What do you think of this new rule?


– The Rocket has unveiled its schedule for next year.

– Johnathan Kovacevic, the traveler!

– Close your eyes and tell me that’s not Arber talking.

– Really cool!

– All bets are off at Wimbledon.

– Logical.

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