November 07, 2014
Icing On The Cake
After the New York Americans ice the puck 61 times during a 3-2 win December 8th, 1931 in Boston, Bruins owner Charles Adams demands the NHL introduce a rule calling for a faceoff in the defending team's zone when it elects to shoot the puck the length of the ice to relieve pressure.
However his idea falls on deaf ears. Undeterred, the Bruins make their point known by making of a mockery of the tactic in their next game against the Americans, a 0-0 tie on January 3rd, 1932 in New York. The Bruins ice the puck a reported 87 times!
Despite these tactics the icing rule would not be adopted until the 1937-38 season.