If ever the NHL wanted proof that the current icing rule has to yield to the experimental “hybrid icing” that will be used in preseason just refer to the video of Joni Pitkanen.

This week the Carolina Hurricanes announced that their standout defenseman will miss the entire season and quite possibly never play again because of an injury suffered last spring on a icing play.

He went feet first into the boards against Washington on April 2 trying to win a puck race. The 29-year-old former Flyer shattered his heel bone (calcaneus) into six pieces.

His painful rehab didn’t go well this summer and his career is very much in jeopardy according to general manager Jim Rutherford.

The NHL competition committee came up with a hybrid version of icing that was successfully used in the AHL last season.

Hybrid icing will be used this preseason then immediately voted upon for use in the regular season.