NHL Screening Committee Meets on Rules Enforcement
/ New York Rangers
The National Hockey League's General Managers' Screening Committee yesterday reviewed the standard of enforcement on obstruction and forechecker interference that was implemented for this season and unanimously agreed that the standard is being enforced appropriately by the On-Ice Officials.
The Committee includes General Managers: Glen Sather of the New York Rangers, Brian Burke of the Vancouver Canucks, Bob Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers, Lou Lamoriello of the New Jersey Devils, Kevin Lowe of the Edmonton Oilers and Craig Patrick of the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Committee is chaired by NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. Others in attendance at today's meeting were Commissioner Gary Bettman, other representatives of League senior management, and representatives of the League's Officiating and Hockey Operations Departments.
"The Committee believes that the standard is working well and has not slipped -- and we will not allow it to slip. We are doing what we said we would do when it comes to enforcement on obstruction and forechecker interference," Campbell said. "So that there is no confusion, the standard adopted for this season only deals with obstruction and interference away from the puck, and those calls are being made. The standard does not apply, and never was intended to apply, to battles for the puck or checking the puck carrier."