Originally Posted by crgildart
Kids grow up playing hockey outdoors, or they did when I was a kid. True, here in NC outdoor hockey is unheard of. But, I NEVER heard of changing sides halfway through the 3rd when I lived in Minnesota and there was ALWAYS a wind factor. Perhaps JohnL or Scott or someone that played outdoors at higher levels could chime in? It just seems pretty sketchy to start changing basic rules for two or three games, They'll need to have a set standard for just how much wind or whatever when deciding to change... and again what if the wind shifts again after they change??? There are all kinds of things that could be done to make things more "fair" when conditions are varying in any sport. Best to just stick to the rules, especially when a lot of money is on the line.
We only practised outside through bantam. Otherwise, any games we played outside, pond or outdoor rink, was just shinny. If it was windy in a manner that one side was disadvantaged, I remember the go-to for sides was paper-rock-scissors. We'd play up to some goal number, switching after one team scored three or something. That was just us though.
I sort of agree with you, but in hockey you don't get a flip for choice of sides; Home is on one side, visitor on the other, not like soccer or football. THey could flip for it, but then that is a rule change.