The NHL released information about several new rule changes for the 2013-14 season, including several about how uniforms must be worn, last week.
One of the rule changes is that the players’ protective equipment and padding, excluding: gloves, helmets and goaltenders’ leg guards must be worn under the uniform. If a referee notices a player in violation of the rule, they’ll be asked to correct the problem and if they get a second violation it would result in a minor penalty.
Here’s the additional description of Rule 9.5 from the PDF the NHL released last week:
"Players are not permitted to tuck their jersey into their pants in such a manner where the top padding of the pant and/or additional body protection (affixed to the pant or affixed to the Player’s body) is exposed outside the jersey. The back uniform number must not be covered or obstructed in any fashion by protruding pads or other protective padding."
Little kids and youth during the Wayne Gretzky era did what they could to be like Gretzky. This included tucking their jerseys into the right side of their hockey pants. It’s what was called “The Gretzky Look.” It was his trademark style.
Now the new era of youth hockey fans whose favorite player is the Washington Capitals, Alexander Ovechkin, copy him, in tucking in their jersey. It’s a hockey fashion statement of its own kind and has become a particular identifier for Ovechkin. Anyone who has seen him play or practice knows he tucks his jersey into his pants.
Ovechkin told Katie Carrera of the Washington Post that even though he will follow the rule he is not pleased with it, “I’m the guy who love that kind of stuff. I’m kind of upset about it, but most important thing, nobody talk to us, the players. They think it can be dangerous for somebody. I think it’s kind of stupid,” Ovechkin told Carrera Sunday. “My gear is not stay [near] my body so jersey always goes in. If I’m going to put jersey normally, I’m going to skate and it goes back.”
When Ovechkin first arrived to the NHL he wore a mirrored and tinted visor that the league outlawed. He still tucks his jersey and wears yellow skate laces. Its part of his personality, and Ovechkin wants to hold on to his individuality.
Ovechkin also told Carrera “I think if NHL wants to make a show, this is a show. You can see the young kids look at the players. They do like tinted visors or yellow laces, they do the same what the NHL players do,” Ovechkin said. “Right now, what are they going to do? Everybody going to be on the same page? We individuals, everybody wants to do their own thing. It’s stupid.”
To see exactly how the league enforces the rule will be interesting because during a game, players’ jerseys sometimes get tucked into their pants unintentional.
Link to uniform guidelines PDF as released by the NHL:
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