Hmmmm, I think these boys (knuckleheads?) might be on to something. With a few adjustments here and there it just might work (aaah, not really, I just love the oddness factor of it all). I very much like the idea of players being checked over three and a half foot boards, rather than into them. Makes for more dramatic TV visuals. However an indoor version will require some kind of cushioning system other than piles of snow, unless the desire is to go for more player/fan interaction. But equipping referees with fire extinguishers is a brilliant innovation that I suggest Bettman and his crew implement immediately.
Hey, it makes about as much sense as anything they've come up with recently for the NHL... which is none.