NHL Rule Changes For 2019-20 Season (Part II)

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-

Referees’ will have more to watch for on the ice this upcoming season.

Sticking Penalties

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.