Friday, July 25, 2014

Rule changes for 2014-15

A major penalty for interference in the case of blindside hits and other significant contact not to the head or neck area is among the college hockey rule changes approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel for the 2014-15 season.

The changes were recommended by the Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Rules Committee in June.

The rules include expanded video replay to determine: if goals are scored before a penalty occurs, if offsides or too many players on the ice are missed on a goal-scoring play and use of video of any source available to officials (not just TV broadcasts).

Other changes include:

* Players taking a faceoff no longer can use their hand to play a puck. Violation will result in a minor penalty (similar to NHL rule).

* In end-zone faceoffs, the defending team's player is required to put his/her stick down first. Previously, the attacking team did that. Center-ice and neutral-zone faceoffs will continue to require the visiting team to put their sticks down first.

* If the puck goes out of play during on an offensive team's attempt to score, the faceoff will remain in the attacking zone.

* In the case of high sticks and hand passes, faceoffs will now move one zone closer to the offending team's goal.

* If the goal becomes dislodged by the goalkeeper during a penalty shot or shootout, a referee can award a goal (if intentional or if a goal is obvious or imminent) or allow the team to shoot again.

* If a player awarded a penalty shot is injured and unable to take the shot, another player who was on the ice at the time of the infraction can be chosen to shoot.

* 10-inch goal pegs must be in place at all NCAA levels by the 2016-17 season.

* A Look-Up Line, a warning-track style line intended to impact safety near the boards, as been approved but is not mandatory.

* Women's hockey will get an experimental rule in which the puck can be played legally with a high stick.

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