It looks like the NHL is retreating, albeit slightly, on the jersey tuck rule.
And it’s no surprise that it’s happening as quietly as the decision to strictly enforce the long-ignored rules in the first place.
In his 30 Thoughts column today, the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman slipped this nugget in at No. 26:
“The NHL’s hockey operations department has modified how it will enforce the ‘jersey tuck’ rule. If the sweater tucks while a player is skating, there will be no warning/penalty providing it was untucked at the beginning of a shift. That eases one of the bigger complaints, while allowing the league to pursue players who deliberately flout this crackdown.”
Nice to see a little common sense applied here. Players have enough to deal with while the game’s going on without having to worry whether their jersey rides up when they bend over.
Now here’s hoping the decision to pursue those “deliberate flouters” goes the way of the hurry-up face-off and the crackdown on interference.