"Whether we're trying something that is a popular idea or an unpopular idea, all of it is done to just give us more information. This is all about us being proactive and not reactive. The game has never been better, but we don't want to rest." -- Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's Senior Vice President of Player Safety and Hockey Operations
School will be back in session beginning Wednesday in Etobicoke, Ont. as the National Hockey League gathers its top professors and prospective freshmen for another Research, Development and Orientation Camp in order to test potential changes to the game ranging from the subtle variety to the more drastic kind.
For instance, if you want to know how today's game would play if the trapezoids behind the nets were erased, then you'll want to pay attention to the news coming out of the two-day research camp being held at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
Thirty-six of the top prospects available for the 2012 Entry Draft will act as test pilots in the NHL's experiments next Wednesday and Thursday. The last two
-- will serve as coaches for the teenagers.