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Carolina's Stefan Noesen Blatantly Breaks the Sean Avery Rule and Doesn't Get Called

Published January 2, 2024 at 8:55 PM
There's not even really any argument here. An NHL player openly and repeatedly breaks the Sean Avery Rule and completely got away with it.

While taking on the New York Rangers tonight, Stefan Noesen of the Carolina Hurricanes stood face-to-face with Rangers goalie Igor Shesterkin and waved his stick and hands in his face in an attempt to distract him. It's clear as day. There was no call made.

Here is the official "Sean Avery" rule from the NHL, which was enacted after Avery did this exact same thing to Martin Brodeur in the playoffs while playing for the New York Rangers.

"An unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty will be interpreted and applied, effective immediately, to a situation when an offensive player positions himself facing the opposition goaltender and engages in actions such as waving his arms or stick in front of the goaltender's face, for the purpose of improperly interfering with and/or distracting the goaltender as opposed to positioning himself to try to make a play."

That is the very definition of what Neosen did. There's really no debate at all. You also have to wonder why one of Shesterkin's teammates didn't come to his aid in any way, shape, or form. If you've never seen why the Avery rule was enacted, see below.

January 2   |   288 answers
Carolina's Stefan Noesen Blatantly Breaks the Sean Avery Rule and Doesn't Get Called

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