The National Hockey League is typically slow to make any real changes to its game, however, there was a least a step in the right direction on Tuesday when the Competition Committee met in Toronto to discuss new rules recommendations.
Aside from video review, also changes coming for helmets off during play, puck out of bounds, faceoff procedure, and regular season standings tiebreakers.
As Pierre LeBrun points out, recommendations included “dropping OT for calculating the tiebreaker just like shootouts. So just 60-min wins. Plus a few other tiebreaker tweaks.”
However, some fans will be disappointed to find out that the NHLPA has also requested more video review in the process.
Are there too many already?!
Here is the full statement provided by Co-chairs of the NHL/NHLPA Competition Committee Mathieu Schneider, National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) Special Assistant to the Executive Director, and Colin Campbell, National Hockey League (NHL) Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations to reveal the discussed issues:
Expanded Video Review/Coach's Challenge The Committee recommends changes to the Coach’s Challenge and expanded video review, including as it relates to a Referee’s ability to review some of his own calls on the ice. Recommendations will be prepared for the League’s Board of Governors, General Managers and the NHLPA’s Executive Board.
Helmets Off During Play The Committee recommends work on a rule construct for implementation next season that would reasonably require a player to leave the ice in the event his helmet comes off during play.
Goalies Unnecessarily Freezing Puck The Committee recommends that the defensive team not be permitted a line change when a goalie freezes the puck on any shot from outside the center red line. The offensive team will have the choice of which end zone dot the face-off will take place.
Face-off Procedure Changes/Line Changes The Committee recommends: i) that following an icing, the offensive team will have the choice of which end zone dot the face-off will take place. ii) To begin a power-play, the offensive team will have the choice of which end-zone dot the face-off will take place. iii) That no line change be permitted for the defending team if, in the judgement of the Official, the actions of a skater of the defensive team caused the stoppage by unintentionally knocking the net off. The offensive team will have the choice of which end-zone dot the face-off will take place.
Puck Out of Bounds The Committee recommends that when the attacking team is responsible for the puck going out of play in the attacking zone, all face-offs will be conducted at one of the two face-off dots in the attacking zone.
Regular Season Tie-breakers The Committee recommends adoption of a proposal that would modify existing regular season tie-breaking procedures and adding additional criteria.
The new rules recommendations still require approval by the NHLPA's Executive Board and the NHL's Board of Governors, at which point the language of the rules will be formalized.
The NHLPA was represented by Ron Hainsey (Toronto), Connor Hellebuyck (Winnipeg), Connor McDavid (Edmonton), John Tavares (Toronto), and James van Riemsdyk (Philadelphia). The NHL was represented by Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold and General Managers David Poile (Nashville), Ken Holland (Edmonton), Doug Wilson (San Jose) and Steve Yzerman (Detroit).
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