BOCA RATON, Fla., March 13 (UPI) -- NHL general managers said Tuesday they're moving to change the rules for icing in an attempt to eliminate the potential for serious injuries.
The GMs, holding winter meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., said they are recommending a "hybrid" icing rule in which players from the icing team won't be forced to race opponents down the rink in a bid to touch the puck first and negate the call, NHL.com reported.
Under the change, linesmen instead will make judgment calls at the faceoff dot on who would have won the race.
Such icing plays have resulted in several serious injuries to players who have crashed into the end boards.
Minnesota defenseman Kurtis Foster and Edmonton's Taylor Fedun each have suffered season-ending broken legs on races to negate icing calls in the past few seasons.
"It's going to go forward as a recommendation, but there is some cleaning up as to how exactly it is going to work and what directives we're going to give," Montreal General Manager Pierre Gauthier told the Web site.
The 10-member NHL Competition Committee must approve the change before it moves to the board of governors for possible ratification.