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Blues Player Dismissed for Violation of Controversial NHL Rule


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Elliot Ben Jacob
September 27, 2023  (2:18 PM)
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Battle for a Contract

The NHL pre-season unfolds with a unique intensity, a battleground where veterans and emerging talents collide, vying for their respective contracts. This fervor was abundantly evident in the Blues' recent clash.

Veteran's Quest on a PTO

After accruing 13 goals and 26 points over 74 games split between the Arizona Coyotes and the Calgary Flames last season, one veteran is on a Professional Tryout (PTO), endeavoring to secure his place with the St. Louis Blues.
His determination was on full display during the Blues' 3-2 triumph over the Columbus Blue Jackets, where he engaged in a confrontation with Josh Dunne, aiming to solidify his position on the Blues roster.

Controversial Rule

Nick Ritchie unsurprisingly emerged victorious from the tussle but found himself ejected due to a game misconduct, leaving fans in disbelief. This repercussion stemmed from a highly debated and seemingly lenient rule within the NHL's regulation framework.
A player who engages in a fight and whose jersey is not properly "tied-down" (jersey properly fastened to pants), and who loses his jersey (completely off of his torso) in that altercation, shall receive a game misconduct penalty.

Ritchie faced expulsion for his jersey not being securely tied down, leading to a game misconduct penalty when he lost his jersey during the skirmish.
While players are ostensibly aware of this rule, its validity and relevance have been a subject of contention, appearing to lack logical grounding for many within the NHL community.
As Read on HockeyOTB - Blues Forward Ejected After Breaking One Of The Softest Rules In Hockey
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