Thursday, August 30, 2007

A Few Rules Changes/Hitmen Getting Better

WHL Adopts Rule for 2007-08 Changes
Created: Aug 30, 2007

CALGARY, AB - Western Hockey League fans notice some rule changes for the upcoming 2007- 08 season. The WHL has adopted several rule changes consistent with the rule changes the NHL has put into place for their upcoming season. Below are the following rule changes that will be used, commencing with the 2007-08 WHL Pre-Season Schedule:

i. The home Club shall have the choice of shooting first or second in the shoot-out.

ii. The term “Gross Misconduct” has been eliminated from the Rule Book. Any act that would have been assessed a Gross Misconduct penalty previously will now receive a Game Misconduct penalty.

iii. A player may be awarded a penalty shot if he is fouled on a clear breakaway outside his defensive zone (i.e., anywhere in the neutral zone or in the attacking zone). Previously, a penalty shot was awarded only when a player was on a clear breakaway and was fouled on the attacking side of the center line.

iv. Referees have the discretion to assess a major penalty and game misconduct when an injury results from an act of interference. Previously, only a minor penalty could be assessed for interference.

v. All face-offs must be conducted at one of the nine face-off dots painted on the rink. Previously, there were instances, such as when a puck left the playing surface, which caused the face-off to occur on unmarked ice.

vi. The WHL will not have a measurement for stick curvature for player’s or goaltender’s sticks.


The Calgary Hitmen have picked up another good one.... here's the release:

Hitmen Acquire Galiardi From the Winterhawks
Created: Aug 30, 2007

Calgary, AB – Calgary Hitmen General Manager and Head Coach Kelly Kisio announced today the acquisition of 19-year-old forward T.J Galiardi (GALLEY-ar-dee) from the Portland Winter Hawks in exchange for a third round pick in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft.

“This is a very big move for our organization being able to add a front line player to our mix,” said Kisio. “T.J. has very good puck skills and will add some much needed offence to our team.”

Galiardi spent the 2006-07 season with Dartmouth College of the Eastern College Athletic Conference (Division I, Ivy League) and was second in scoring with the Big Green. He was also an all-star for the Calgary Royals of the Alberta Junior Hockey League in 2005-06.

BORN: Calgary, AB (April 22, 1988)
HEIGHT: 6’2” WEIGHT: 172 lbs.
NHL DRAFT STATUS: Drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2nd round (55th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry draft.

- There's a lot of different stories out there about Galiardi's departure from Dartmouth College. Apparently it wasn't a "mutual"decision. I'm not going to spread rumours so I'll leave it at that.

Regardless, the Hitmen have picked up a potential top two line forward and he will compliment an already dangerous team with the likes of Ryan White, Keegan Dansereau and Ian Duval just to name a few.


Oh-Vee said...

"The WHL will not have a measurement for stick curvature for player’s or goaltender’s sticks."

does this mean that the WHL is allowing any amount of curve on the blade? I must be misunderstanding something . . .

Jon Keen said...

My understanding is that anything goes Oh-Vee.

So much for the old stick measurement tactic in the final minute for a desparation powerplay

Anonymous said...

That's ridiculous, to say the least. It was great to see any coach do the old stick measuring call, and get the penalty. So what? Will players now be allowed EXTREMELY long blades on their sticks? What if a guy hits the ice with broom?? No call? Ridiculous.