Posted by NHL on Monday, February 22, 2019 12:11:14The NHL has been busy with the start of the new NHL season, so they’re not only taking a look at the league’s newest uniforms, but also the league-wide rule changes.
While it’s great to see the league continue to be open and transparent with the fans and the media, there are still some important details that need to be made public.
With the NHL on a mission to become a top league in the world, there will be plenty of time for the league to release more information, especially as it’s the only league to have an official policy on the legality of the use of the term “whos.”
“The league has a policy that we don’t use the term ‘whos’ or ‘whales,’ and the league has an official stance that no player can wear them,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Monday.
Daly added that “no player is allowed to wear any kind of hat or any type of uniform that has ‘whisper’ embroidered on it.”
As the league continues to expand its player pool, it’s important to keep in mind that the use and abuse of “whisperers” is a huge issue, so the use/abuse of the phrase should not be overlooked.
While “whistle” is one of the most popular terms to use for players to communicate, it isn’t a legal term.
“Whistle” has been banned by the NHL for nearly three decades, and players have had their playing days in the NHL shortened by the use.
However, it doesn’t mean that a player can’t use it as a term for anyone who wants to, including those that are playing in the National Hockey League.
While the NHL has an unofficial policy against the use, “whispers” are still used by the players, and Daly said the league is in the process of determining whether it can continue to use the phrase “whistles.”
“I think we have a very good understanding that there’s no need to change it and we’re not changing it,” Daly said.
“We think it’s appropriate and appropriate for the players to use it.”
Daly also said that the NHL will look into whether “whists” are legal for certain uses.
“As I mentioned before, the NHLPA is currently in the preliminary stages of developing an official position on whether whistles are legal or not,” Daly added.
“We’re still working through the process to come to that decision.
But I do believe it’s a legitimate term and that we should continue to utilize it for all the various purposes that we do.”
As a refresher on the use issue, the term was coined in the 1970s by legendary hockey commentator Lou Lamoriello, who had been using it as shorthand for “whiskers.”
While it has been used since the late 1970s, the phrase became a catchphrase in the 1980s, when it was shortened to “whir” by Lamoriellis wife, the actress Marlene Dietrich.
While a majority of the fans agree that it’s inappropriate to use “whismes,” there are many who have been against the term, especially during the World Cup of Hockey, where it was used to describe a player who was yelling at the refs, and for which the team had to apologize.
In a recent piece on NBC Sports, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman stated that the term is “an expression of respect, a gesture of humility, and a statement of gratitude to the players who have served this great game.”
The term “Whistles,” however, has become a popular term to use by players to express appreciation for the game and the fans, as well as to use as a name for the player who’s being whistled at, and also to have a nickname for him or her.
The term has also been used by other players, including goalie Roberto Luongo, who called himself a “whizz,” in the first game of the season.