BBG&CS: Rules Schmules — Jerseys, Helmets, and Nets, oh my!

Many players tuck their jerseys, even in the AHL! Here’s Dylan Yeo — January 27, 2012, Oklahoma City Barons vs. Houston Aeros (Photo: Courtesy Steven Christy Photography. All Rights Reserved.)

| The interesting and rather odd No Tuck Jersey Rule:

“As anyone who has ever watched him play in a game or skate in practice knows, Alex Ovechkin has always tucked his jersey into his pants. While the Capitals winger is prepared to follow the rule, he’s not pleased with it. “I’m the guy who love that kind of stuff. I’m kind of upset about it, but most important thing, nobody talk to us, the players. They think it can be dangerous for somebody. I think it’s kind of stupid,” Ovechkin said Sunday.

Ovechkin is far from the only player or even the only star player to tuck his jersey in. It was one of Wayne Gretzky’s trademarks and something little kids all over copied, so they could be like him. The same is true with Ovechkin, but with the new rule he’ll no longer be allowed to have that particular identifier.” — via Katie Carrera at

| Helmet Rules? Ha!

“Hockey fans are learning of all the new little rules the NHL is implementing for the 2013-14 season. There’s the new goalie pad regulations, the jersey tuck rule and one that affects fighting. Beginning this season, players will be given a two-minute penalty for removing their helmet before a fight. One bout could equal seven penalty minutes for a player.  Brett Gallant of the New York Islanders and Krys Barch of the New Jersey Devils found a way around it before their second tilt Thursday night: both purposely took off the other’s helmet.”  — via PuckDaddy at

| And then — New thinner Goaltender nets:

“Interesting conversation erupted after morning workouts at Stars Camp on Monday, the genesis of which was the topic of the new, thinner, NHL nets. Cerebral puck-reppeller, Dan Ellis brought up lacrosse’s triangular shaped net as perhaps a better cage for hockey than the current – all be it skinnier – rectangular net. Ellis was funny in that he was both selling the lacrosse net’s attributes and railing against it. Goalies.” — via Daryl “Razor” Reaugh at

| Where are your former OKC Barons players now? Check out who is going to training camp and who has signed elsewhere this season:

What favorite former OKC Barons player is currently at training camp? — see Former OKC Barons heading to Training Camps via ArtfulPuck. Updated daily as new rosters are released.

Who signed where this season? — check out Where are your former Barons? via ArtfulPuck (updated continually).

Chris VandeVelde recently signed with the Adirondack Phantoms but he is still vying for a roster spot with the Flyers. We are cheering for him from OKC! — via

| And in other Jersey news — Have you seen the Finnish SM-liiga Jokerit ‘s jerseys? It’s crazy, but I love it!

| Helpful list on Twitter from the AHL — 30 Team Twitter List:

| Public Service Announcement: Just in Case you need to catch up with  all 61 episodes of Breaking Bad — back to back, non-stop mayhem — Good luck!

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