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Friday, September 12, 2014

The Death of the Spin-O-Rama by @ChicksDigHockey

I stand before you a broken woman. I feel as though the NHL has singled me out. I feel as though my guilty pleasure is being squeezed from the game I love.

They outlawed the “Spin-o-rama”.

Rule 24 – Penalty Shot
The 'Spin-O-Rama' move, as described in Section 24.2 of the 2013-14 NHL Rule Book, will no longer be permitted either in Penalty Shot situations or in the Shootout.

Of course with all the problems faced by the NHL, they would make it a priority to outlaw one thing that gives me joy; the spinning deke-the-goalie move. 
I love the skater gliding down the ice….'mano a mano' with the goalie... Each one trying in that split second to figure the other out. Then, just when the goalie figures the shooter is going glove side, he does it….. that 360 degree move that brings the crowd to their feet…..the move that sends the goalie sprawling and (hopefully) the shooter elevates the puck into the net…

I will mourn the SPIN-O-RAMA! Players already have a hard enough time scoring, even in shootouts. This was their best weapon.

Goalies hate the spin-o-rama. Once a goalie and all his gear makes a commitment to go left or right, science takes over… know: “A body in motion remains in motion until acted on by an equal opposing force”……it is damn near impossible to change direction once you have momentum.. The skater comes out of his spin and shoots the puck over the recovering goalie.

When executed well, it is a thing of beauty. The whirling penalty shot put the drama as well as controversy in the shootout. The shootout rule states that a shootout attempt is over if a player stops his forward movement. That has been a point of contention with the spin.  Eliminating the move gets rid of the ambiguity, though it will cut out a staple of highlight-reel films. 

The shootout has lost some of it’s luster since it emerged after the 2005 lockout but why take one of it’s few fun maneuovers? Of the outlawing the never shy @strombone1 tweeted:

Before we start to shovel the dirt on the spin-o-rama, let’s take a look at some of the best.

The undesputed king of the spin-o-rama was  Denis Savard . He was known for his trademark move, the 'Savardian Spin-o-rama' which entailed Savard whirling around with the puck in a full rotation allowing him to defeat defenders and goaltenders alike. (also see Serge Savard)

Here's a spin-o-orama during a playoff game from Todd Bertuzzi"

This is one of my all-time favorites from Mason Raymond:

Here's a compilation of some of the best spin-o-ramas

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