We’ll admit that we never thought anyone else would ever be called for the “Avery Rule,” but then Chris Pronger was given a penalty – and a Flyers’ goal was called back – during a game against Calgary. When it happened we assumed that this was the first time a player had been called for a penalty that is essentially named after someone else.
We were wrong.
While doing our research, we found that there are several NHL rules named after other players. Of course, the names of these rules don’t appear in the NHL rulebook, but neither does the phrase “Avery Rule.” In many cases these rules are considered understood and thus they remain unwritten. But they’re still there. Honest.
The P.K. Subban Rule – No player may insult, badmouth or otherwise “trash talk” Mike Richards unless he has played at least one NHL season. Any rookie who demonstrates too much confidence or acts like he is “better than anyone” may “have something happen to him.”
The Ilya Kovalchuk Rule – Any player who signs a large, lucrative contract is required to play at least one terrible season immediately following the contract being accepted. This player is also allowed to destroy the hopes of one (1) formerly successful franchise.
The Sidney Crosby Rule – Should a talented player record years of boring, predictable interviews he will be paired for life with a loud, exciting personality who will play his rival. NHL rules dictate that promotion of this rivalry will receive at least 99% of the NHL’s marketing budget at all times.
The Brian Gionta Rule – Should a team employ several players who are small in stature, that club is required to sign Hal Gill for comedic effect.
The Alexander Ovechkin Rule – No player may talk, laugh or otherwise fraternize with a member of the opposition after suffering an embarrassing loss while his team’s coach gives a press conference nearby. If a player does, he will be forced to look around the arena and realize that there are literally hundreds of other places to laugh with your friends.
The Jeremy Roenick Rule - Any player who was unable to lead any of his team’s to the Stanley Cup is required to cry on national television should one of those teams win the Cup at a later date.
The Brian Burke Rule – Any general manager who signs with a popular, financially successful hockey team in a lucrative market is required to make his job more difficult by sacrificing at least two first round draft picks.
The Steven Stamkos Rule – Any player who spends extensive time training with Gary Roberts will either a) immediately become a stronger, more energetic player, or b) die.