Tuesday afternoon in Boca Raton Florida, the NHL General Managers voted 29-1 in favor of allowing a coach's challenge in the NHL next year. This is a pretty big shift in opinion among a group who vetoed the same or similar proposal 28-2 just 4 years ago. The NHL Players Association still has to approve the proposal before it can be adopted next season, but it sounds it has a lot of momentum and support.
The coach's challenge could be used only in 2 circumstances.
- Goaltender interference on scoring plays. Penalties aren't up for challenge, only goal or no-goal calls, and the judgement will be made in review based on goaltender contact, not whether a player was in the crease or not. The referees will still make the final call, but they'll have the advantage of video review and discussion with Hockey Operations in Toronto to re-evaluate their on ice call.
- Delay of game calls when the puck goes over the glass. A coach's challenge can only be used to try to get a delay of game puck over the glass penalty removed, not to have one called.
So, what do YOU think?