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Andrei Vasilevskiy Exploits NHL Equipment Loophole


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Elliot Ben Jacob
September 22, 2023  (4:02 PM)
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Vasilevskiy's Clever Equipment Tweak

One of the NHL's premier goaltenders, Andrei Vasilevskiy, has recently been spotlighted for finding a way to potentially tilt the odds in his favor, even if it's just by a slight margin.

Utilizing the Grey Areas of NHL Equipment Rules

NHL players often seek innovative ways to gain an edge over competitors, and this includes capitalizing on areas where the league's equipment rules might be ambiguous. Vasilevskiy's recent choice to use black skate holders exemplifies this.
Potentially going to make it harder to see the puck over the line if it's along or under his skate. No rule on the color there... only requirement is that the stick knob has to be white tape.

Strategic Move to Blur the Line

Vasilevskiy's move to adopt black skate holders may seem minor, but it's a deliberate effort to obscure the puck during contentious reviews.
When determining the legitimacy of goals, camera angles from overhead or behind the net can be crucial. But to overturn a call, the evidence needs to be definitive.
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By using black holders, Vasilevskiy is complicating the visual separation between the puck and his skate, posing a challenge for officials trying to verify if the puck has completely crossed the goal line.
It's a strategy that currently abides by the rules, though this might prompt reconsideration in the future.

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