The Offsides Rule in Ice Hockey
Keefe Gorman, a Merrill Lynch managing director of investments, studied economics and Spanish at St. Lawrence University. When he is not engaged in his professional responsibilities at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman pursues a number of interests, including hockey.
Ice hockey is one of many sports that implement an offside rule. Similar to the offside rule in European football, the one in ice hockey is made to discourage players from hovering around the opposing team's goal and waiting for an easy shot. However, the implementation of the offsides rule in hockey is unique in that it allowed forward passes to occur for the first time in the sport’s history.
To make sense of ice hockey’s offsides rule, one must first understand how the ice rink is segmented for the game. Each team's defending zone begins at the back of the rink with the goalie. As a team’s players move out of their defending zone and past the first blue line, they enter the neutral zone. When they cross the second blue line into the opposing team's section of ice, players enter the attacking zone. The offsides rule prohibits an offensive player from entering the attacking zone ahead of the puck. More specifically, both of a player's skates may not cross the blue line ahead of the puck.
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Comparing Snow and Water Skiing
As a wealth management professional with Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman leads a team of Division 1 advisors. When he is not working for Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman, a former professional snow skier, enjoys water skiing.
Despite occurring in vastly different settings, water skiing and traditional mountain skiing share a number of similarities. The equipment used in both sports is very similar, highlighted by the recent introduction of boots and binding on slalom water skis; these features were added to reduce the frequency of ankle injuries and to help stabilize the rider’s stance, the same reasons they were incorporated onto snow skis. Both sports incorporate similar techniques, as nuanced weight shifts and balanced lateral movements make the difference between a smooth run and a forceful crash. Edge control is necessary in both sports as well, and it can be achieved on snow or water using the same hip movement and lower body compression. Finally, water skiing and snow skiing work out the same areas of the rider’s body. To succeed in either sport, athletes will need strong legs and a flexible lower back.
Michael Keefe Gorman, a broker with Merrill Lynch, serves a geographically diverse group of individual investors, businesses, and non-profits from his office in Ithaca, New York.
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