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Gone are the days of the hip check as the D angles the F to the boards. Based on the new rules this will now almost always be illegal. This is a great skill for D but I fear this will be lost for future US hockey players.
We have been teaching the boys to engage players physically as they enter the zone to get them to surrender the puck. The puck is then collected by the supporting defensive player along the boards. This can now be construed as a penalty, by some officials, yet still meets the mandate of making a play on the puck. This is a 2 player system that has worked for decades without increasing the risk of injury.
The competitive contact rule isn't terrible in concept but the inconsistency throughout the rinks is a problem. I understand the kids will learn the game but for those that are U14 and above their time has passed for this. They should have been "grandfathered" through this new rule change including the automatic offside - which is the most ridiculous rule implemented to date.