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Rule changes geared toward entertainment

Updated: July 25, 2005, 6:58 PM ET
ESPN.com

As the NHL returns to the ice, it will do so under vastly different rules.

The biggest shakeup for hockey purists will be the institution of a shootout, to ensure that every regular-season game will have a winner.

How the rules work will be monitored by a competition committee made up of four players, four general managers and one owner. Colorado defenseman Rob Blake, Calgary's Jarome Iginla, union president Trevor Linden and Detroit's Brendan Shanahan will represent the players.

"While ...

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