Everyone, not just refs, has to buy in

Updated: September 21, 2005, 12:40 PM ET
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

The crackdown on obstruction will be enforced. They really mean it this time.

In concert with new rules, the ice will be opened up so much, rinks will seem to have been stretched to international dimensions and fire-wagon hockey will be back.

Instead of slouching in your seats as you eat nachos and read Architectural Digest in an attempt to get some relative excitement during an NHL game, you will be on the edge of your chair -- or the couch -- every second.

The numbers will ...

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