Penalties for Unsuccessful Challenges (Continued):
The Situation Room in Toronto will continue to handle initiating video review in the final minute of regulation time and overtime not to mention continuing to have final say over all Coach’s Challenge video review decisions with input and advice from both the On-Ice Officials and a former Official staffed in the Situation Room.
Referees Review of Major/Match Penalty Calls and Double Minor High-
Major & Match Penalties: Referees will be required to do an on-ice video review for all Major (non-fighting) and Match Penalties they see on the ice for the purpose of (a) “reducing” the penalty to a two-minute minor penalty or (b) “confirming” the penalty. Referees shall not have the choice to rescind a called penalty altogether.
Other Approved Rule Changes
Helmets: Subject to further consultation with the NHL Players’ Association on exact language, a player who loses his helmet during play must (a) leave the playing surface, or (b) get his helmet and put it on his head correctly.
A player who is making a play on the puck or who is ready to make an immediate play on the puck when his helmet comes off shall be given a good amount of time to finish the play before either exiting the ice or getting his helmet. Failure to comply with the above will result in a minor penalty being given to the offending player. A player who removes an opponent’s helmet on purpose is going to be assessed a minor penalty for roughing.
Face-Offs Following an Icing & To Begin A Power-Play: Following an icing and at the beginning of any power-play, the offensive team will have the option of which end zone dot the face-off will occur.
Awarded Goal: If the goal post is displaced on purpose by a goalkeeper during a “breakaway”, a goal will be awarded to the non-offending team.
The NHL is going to have numerous rule changes for the 2019-20 season which will include using expanded video review and improved player safety initiatives, as well as encouraging even more offense and flow in the game.
The rule changes were approved by the League’s Board of Governors, NHL
General Managers and the Competition Committee over the last few weeks. NHL Hockey Operations will work on the exact rule book language over the coming weeks. Below is an overview of the changes:
Expansion of Coach’s Challenge
New Category: Besides Coach’s Challenge for “Off-side” and “Interference on the Goalkeeper”, a third category will let the Coach’s Challenge of goal calls on the ice that follows plays in the offensive zone that should have resulted in a play stoppage but didn’t.
This change will let plays be challenged that may involve pucks that are high-sticked to a teammate in the offensive zone, pucks that hit the spectator netting, pucks that have gone out of play but are touched in the offensive zone and hand passes that go before a play stoppage and conclude in the scoring of a goal. Plays that have penalty calls will not be subject to a Coach’s Challenge.
Coach’s Challenges for these sorts of plays (and for “Off-Side” Challenges) will only be available if the puck does not come out of the attacking zone between the time of the missed infraction and when the goal is scored.
Line Changes for Defensive Team: The defensive team will not be allowed a line change when a goalie stops the puck on any shot from outside the center red line. Likewise, if the actions of a skater of the defensive team create a stoppage by inadvertently dislodging the net from its moorings, the defensive team won’t be permitted to do a line change. In both of these examples, the offensive team will have the choice of which end zone dot the face-off will occur.