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Committee helps keep players, and game, in check

Updated: August 13, 2007, 3:46 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

In the years leading up to the lockout that scuttled the entire 2004-05 NHL season, the game had deteriorated into a morass of hooking and holding and goaltenders with equipment that blotted out all but the scarcest glimpse of the netting behind them.

The players and coaches who deployed these tactics weren't cheating per se but rather taking advantage of an atmosphere in which the lowest common denominator thrived instead of creating an environment in which the best could showcase their ...

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