With the new season underway, the NHL decided to make a rule change: Overtime will consist of a five minute 3 on 3 period followed by a shootout (As opposed to last year’s 4 on 4 overtime). Due to Chicago’s talent, this new rule has greatly helped the Hawks in overtime allowing for more space on the ice and greater opportunities for their skilled players. Therefore, they only have 3 overtime losses this year. In my opinion, I was not a fan of the shootout, and I really enjoy the new 3 on 3 period. There is a lot more scoring with this rule than with the 4 on 4, meaning less shootouts. Viewers can see players’ skill and speed and is just more interesting to watch than the old overtime style. I just hope they keep this rule in future seasons.
Matt Bonistalli, Rock-A-Thon Director