Dropping the Gloves on Shootouts

by Jillian Dzieciol

Hockey is a team sport, so why should the outcome of a game be based on whether the top goal scorers of a team can score on a shootout, or a goalie can make the save?

In the playoffs rules are changed up a little bit so that the games are more interesting, and more fairly won. It’s important for the game to be won by scoring goals the way that they are scored during the game. If there’s a tie at the end of regulation, then the deciding factor should be a continuation of the game. In the playoffs that continuation is sudden death overtime no matter how long it takes for one of the teams to score a goal.

It can be debated that shootouts are a better way to end a game after overtime because it’ll end the game quicker so that games don’t go on for extensively many periods after they’re supposed to end. However, even though they end the game faster, which promises post game television programs will run at a more reasonable time, and offers a faster paced nail-biting alternative to overtime, shootouts are not composed of all the elements of hockey.

Not many other sports change up the rules for games that don’t end in regulation. In football the team still must score with all the usual athletes on the field continuing their game plan, and in baseball there are just extra innings, so why should hockey be any different?