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Demystifying NHL rules – part 2 September 11, 2009

Posted by calvin in Uncategorized.
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Captaincy: now here’s one that seems to get broken all the time…

Here’s the rule:

One Captain shall be appointed by each team, and he alone shall have the privilege of discussing with the Referee any questions relating to interpretation of rules which may arise during the progress of a game. He shall wear the letter “C,” approximately three inches (3”) in height and in contrasting color, in a conspicuous position on the front of his sweater. No co-Captains are permitted. Either one Captain and no more than two Alternate Captains, or no Captain an no more than three Alternate Captains are permitted (see 6.2).

Only the Captain, when invited to do so by the Referee, shall have the privilege of discussing any point relating to the interpretation of rules. Any Captain, Alternate Captain or any player or goalkeeper who comes off the bench and makes any protest or intervention with the officials for any purpose shall be assessed a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct under Rule 40 – Abuse of Officials. Should this protest continue, he may be assessed a misconduct penalty, and if it further continues, a game misconduct penalty shall be warranted.

A complaint about a penalty is NOT a matter “relating to the interpretation of the rules” and a minor penalty shall be imposed against any Captain, Alternate Captain or any other player or goalkeeper making such a complaint.

The Referee and Official Scorer shall be advised, prior to the start of each game, the name of the Captain and the Alternate Captains of both teams.

No playing Coach or playing Manager or goalkeeper shall be permitted to act as Captain or Alternate Captain.

Ok, now that we’ve got that out of the way… let’s think about how often that rule gets broken. First, the whole “one captain” thing. I think they mean only one captain at a time. Otherwise the co-captains the Sabres had a few years ago would be illegal. It would also mean that the rotating captaincy would not be allowed.

Then there’s the matter of the penalty protest. Seriously? Even if a captain or an alternate captain complains they get a penalty? Rightttt. Considering Derek Roy doesn’t often wear a letter it would seem he should be spending a lot of quality time in the box if that rule was enforced.

So. Does the rule just not get enforced?

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