List of NHL rule changes

Here’s the complete list of the new rules that will be implemented next season…From andrewsstarspage…

The shootout will be implemented this season. “Following a scoreless five-minute overtime, three players from each team participate in the order the coach selects.

Each team takes three shots. The team with the most goals after those six shots is the winner.

If the score remains tied, the shootout will proceed to a “sudden death” format.

Regardless the number of goals scored during the shootout portion of overtime, the final score recorded for the game will give the winning team one more goal than the score at the end of regulation time”
Other rules are…

-Elimination of the red line for the purpose of allowing two-line passes.

-Tag-up offsides will permit play to continue if offensive players who preceded the puck into the zone return to the blue line and “tag” it.

-Touch icing will remain in effect. However linesman will be able to wave off icing calls if they are deemed to be an attempted pass.

-A team that ices the puck cannot make a line change prior to the ensuing face-off.

-The dimensions of goaltender equipment will be reduced by approximately 11 percent. In addition to a one-inch reduction in the width of leg pads, the blocking glove, upper-body protector, pants and jersey will also be reduced in size.

-Goaltenders may play the puck behind the goal line only in a trapezoid-shaped area defined by lines that begin six feet from either goal post and extend diagonally to points 28 feet apart at the endboards.

-Goaltenders who play the puck behind the goal line but outside the designated puck handling area will be penalized for delay of game.

-Goaltenders will be penalized for delaying the game if they “freeze” the puck unnecessarily.

-Any player who shoots the puck directly over the glass in his defending zone will be penalized for delay of game.

-Zero tolerance on Interference, Hooking and Holding/Obstruction.

-A player who instigates a fight in the final five minutes of a game will receive a game misconduct and an automatic one-game suspension. The length of suspension would double for each additional incident.

-As well, the player’s Coach will be fined $10,000 — a fine that would double for each such incident.

The neutral-zone edges of the blue lines will be positioned 64 feet from the attacking goal line and 75 feet from the end boards in the attacking zone. The addition of four feet in each of the offensive zones should encourage more offensive play, particularly on power-plays.

-The goal lines will be positioned 11 feet from the end boards, two feet closer to the end boards than previously.

-The size of the neutral zone will be reduced to 50′ from 54′.

-The blue lines and center line will remain at 12 inches in width


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