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Report: NHL rightly backpedals on ridiculous jersey tuck rule

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Alex Ovechkin would have been one of the players affected by the NHL's jersey rule. (Evan Vucci/AP)

Alex Ovechkin would have been one of the players affected by the NHL's jersey rule. (Evan Vucci/AP)

It looks like the NHL is retreating, albeit slightly, on the jersey tuck rule.

And it's no surprise that it's happening as quietly as the decision to strictly enforce the long-ignored rules in the first place.

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In his 30 Thoughts column today, the CBC's Elliotte Friedman slipped this nugget in at No. 26:

"The NHL’s hockey operations department has modified how it will enforce the 'jersey tuck' rule. If the sweater tucks while a player is skating, there will be no warning/penalty providing it was untucked at the beginning of a shift. That eases one of the bigger complaints, while allowing the league to pursue players who deliberately flout this crackdown."

Nice to see a little common sense applied here. Players have enough to deal with while the game's going on without having to worry whether their jersey rides up when they bend over.