The National Hockey League announced Monday that it will use hybrid-icing rules during the 2013-14 season after the NHL Players' Association announced its membership voted in favor of the rule change.
It's the most significant rule change in the League for 2013-14. The League had been using the touch-icing system since 1937.
The object of the hybrid-icing system is to reduce the risk for the potentially damaging collisions into the end walls as players race for the puck to either force an icing or negate an icing.
"Ultimately the [general] managers believe it's a safety issue. It makes the game safer for the players and we think it's important," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said on NHL Live on Monday.