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National Hockey League
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National Hockey League Players' Association
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Toronto, Ontario
Canada
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To the National Hockey League, it's Regulators, Directors, Team Owners, Managers and Players;

We, the undersigned, loyal fans of the sport, do hereby lodge protest against the newly instituted "shoot out" rule. We wish to outline our reasons for feeling that this new rule is not only detrimental to the sport, but will eventually be detrimental to your base of fans, unswerving fans who have stayed loyal throughout a year of "no hockey" hell.

The "three shot shoot out" leaves 65 minutes of hard fought hockey to be decided on a few moments of luck.

Having all games that end in a tie decided in this manner leaves the game open to coasting. Why fight to do anything more when in three quick shots at game's end, the game could easily go either way.

Hockey is a game that is played in three periods, each of those periods being twenty minutes in length. Except in extreme circumstances, such as in cup play when a clear winner is needed, if a game ends in a tie, it's a tribute to the skill of both teams and it is counter productive to say that three shots can or should change that outcome.

In the end, this "shoot out" rule will have the effect of debasing a good game. It will no longer matter how you play for 65 minutes, what will matter is how lucky you are in the five minutes after the regulation periods are over.

Don't do this to our game!!!

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