Talk­ing rule changes

The Western Star - - CLOSE TO HOME - BY DAVE KEARSEY david.kearsey@thewest­ern­star.com Twit­ter: WS_S­port­sDesk

There are some rule changes com­ing for on-ice hockey of­fi­cials.

Ev­ery two years, Hockey Canada makes changes to the rule book af­ter ask­ing mi­nor hockey as­so­ci­a­tions from across the coun­try what can be done to make the game even bet­ter.

Rule changes for the 20182019 sea­son were made dur­ing the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of Hockey Canada in Ottawa back in Novem­ber.

Ed Flood, ref­eree- in- chief for Hockey New­found­land and Labrador, was among the del­e­gates who at­tended the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of mi­nor hockey branches from coast-to-coast.

Flood said there were 46 mo­tions put on the ta­ble for changes to the rule book, with 14 of them only in­volv­ing house­keep­ing is­sues in­volv­ing clean­ing up lan­guage, but at the end of the day Hockey Canada will im­ple­ment four new rule changes ef­fec­tive start of the 2018-2019 sea­son.

Four rule changes 1.Hand sig­nal for too many men on the ice

The rule used to be that an of­fi­cial would put up six fin­gers to sig­nal there was too many play­ers on the ice. The new sig­nal re­quires the of­fi­cial to put one hand out in front of him and cir­cle the other hand around it in a stir­ring mo­tion to let peo­ple know a team has six play­ers on the ice. This change isn’t viewed as some­thing that would have an im­pact on how the game is played.

2.3.6 (c) Pro­tec­tive Equip­ment

If any player loses a hel­met dur­ing play they have to stop im­me­di­ately and put it back on or go di­rectly to the bench. This rule is now changed to in­clude goal­keep­ers and also the blocker and catch­ing glove of the goal­keeper.

Be­fore the change, if the goal­keeper lost their catch­ing glove or blocker play wasn’t blown down im­me­di­ately. The new change will see the ref­eree stop play if a goal­keeper ac­ci­dently loses ei­ther. If the goal­keeper loses ei­ther, they has to pick it up and put it on and if they refuse to do so they are as­sessed a mi­nor penalty for de­lay of game.

4:13 (a) Call­ing of Penal­ties

If a player on the team in the pos­ses­sion of the puck com­mits an in­frac­tion of the rules which would call for a match, ma­jor, mis­con­duct, bench mi­nor or mi­nor penalty, the ref­eree shall blow the whis­tle im­me­di­ately and give the penalty(ies) to the de­serv­ing player(s). When this sit­u­a­tion leads to a time penalty or mul­ti­ple time penal­ties be­ing placed on the penalty time clock to one team, mak­ing that team short­handed, the en­su­ing face- off shall be con­ducted at one of the two end zone face-off lo­ca­tions in the of­fend­ing team’s de­fend­ing zone. There are five ex­cep­tions: (1) when a penalty is as­sessed af­ter a goal the face-off will take place at cen­tre ice, (2) when a penalty is as­sessed at the end (or be­fore the start) of a pe­riod the face-off will take place at cen­tre ice, (3) when a gath­er­ing is tak­ing place fol­low­ing a stop­page of play lead­ing to a penalty and one or both de­fence­man, point play­ers or any player com­ing from the player or penalty bench of the at­tack­ing team, en­ter deeply into the at­tack­ing zone (the top of the cir­cle be­ing the limit), the en­su­ing face-off will take place in the neu­tral zone at one of the face-off dots out­side the of­fend­ing team’s de­fend­ing zone, (4) when the non-of­fend­ing team clears the puck and ic­ing is called the en­su­ing face-off will take place at one of the face-off spots out­side the zone of the team that iced the puck and (5) when a stop­page of play re­sults due to the non-of­fend­ing be­ing guilty of pre­ma­ture sub­sti­tu­tion of the goal­tender the en­su­ing face-off shall take place at cen­tre ice. The ex­cep­tion would be in cases where the of­fend­ing team would gain a ter­ri­to­rial ad­van­tage by hav­ing the face-off take place at cen­tre, in which case the face-off shall take place where the stop­page of play oc­curred as per Hockey Canada Rule 10.2 (g).

4. Trip­ping (slew foot)

The new rule says a dou­ble mi­nor or match penalty would be as­sessed for slew foot at dis­cre­tion of ref­eree based on the de­gree of vi­o­lence of the im­pact with the ice. It used to be an au­to­matic match penalty. A player stand­ing still in front of net and some­body takes him down it’s a dou­ble mi­nor be­cause it wasn’t deemed vi­o­lent, but if a player is mov­ing and the of­fi­cial views it as a vi­o­lent play then it’s an au­to­matic match penalty.

Source: Hockey Canada

Flood

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