Hotdog Hockey: Should the NHL shootout format be changed?

Posted by Ari in Hotdog Hockey Column on November 16, 2009 — 7 Comments

This week over at Hot Dog Hockey, I had the chance to provide my E-Take on whether the NHL should change the shootout format.

Here is an excerpt:

When hockey returned from an extended absence in 2005, one of the major rule changes was the implementation of a shootout if a game was tied after overtime.  Three skaters for each team, followed by a sudden death round the winner.  Hockey purists weren’t thrilled with the changes, but the NHL doesn’t cater to hockey purists.  The NHL is looking (begging) for a new fan base, and this decision was made for the fans.

“From a marketing standpoint, how many times are you seeing the shootout on ESPN?” Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Aaron Ward observed.  “Just about every day you see the winning goal.”  The best skaters in the world go head-to-head against the best goaltenders in the world to decide the winner of the game.

Debates generally center on whether the shootout format should be used to decide a contest, but it seems the shootout is here to stay, and it is a big hit with fans.  Perhaps the debate should focus on whether the current NHL shootout is the best format for players and fans.  Other professional leagues have different shootout rules.

Read the entire article here.

  • http://www.crashthecrease.com CrashTheCrease

    Its entertaining but I don’t like seeing a team sport being decided by individuals.

  • Bob Roberts

    “Its entertaining but I don’t like seeing a team sport being decided by individuals.”

    Fair point, CTC.

    “…this decision was made for the fans.”
    “…how many [games] are you seeing on ESPN?”

    The NHL needs its games on an easily accesible, nation-wide network much more than it needs shootouts.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Richard

    Hate the shootout. Always have and always will. What was wrong with a tie game? If a team cannot beat another team in 65 minutes, give each team a point and call it a day. I don’t like three point games either.

  • http://illegalcurve.com Ari

    It seems silly a team can miss the playoffs because of something only marginally related to hockey.

    Imagine if other sports took a similar stance: instead of a baseball game going to extra innings there was a homerun derby, or a dunk/3 point competition in basketball (Actually a game of H-O-R-S-E would be amazing).

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Richard

    So true. Imagine the outcry if baseball did a homerun derby. All the purists would yell and scream and say you are ruining the game–which would be true. The difference is, they listen to the purists in baseball.

  • http://illegalcurve.com Ari

    But imagine Kobe vs. Lebron in a game of H-O-R-S-E

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