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AP/CP survey: NHL players dislike delay of game rule

By The Associated PressApril 23, 2019
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Referee Steve Kozari, left, escorts Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett to the bench as he points to the Colorado Avalanche team box when players taunt Bennett after his fight with Colorado left wing Matt Calvert in the third period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Monday, April 15, 2019, in Denver. The Avalanche won 6-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Referee Steve Kozari, left, escorts Calgary Flames center Sam Bennett to the bench as he points to the Colorado Avalanche team box when players taunt Bennett after his fight with Colorado left wing Matt Calvert in the third period of Game 3 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series, Monday, April 15, 2019, in Denver. The Avalanche won 6-2. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Associated Press and The Canadian Press surveyed an NHL Players’ Association representative or alternate representative from all 31 teams on several questions related to the state of the game. While the players polled love 3-on-3 overtime, results were mixed when it came to which rules they don’t like.

Q: Do you like 3-on-3 overtime?

—Yes: 30 players (97

—No: 1 player (3

Q: What is the worst rule in hockey?

—Delay of game: 5 players (16

—Goalie interference: 3 players (10

—Offside reviews: 3 players (10

—Other: 9 players (29

—No answer: 11 players (35

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