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NHL to adopt modification to faceoff circle hash marks

Monday, 10.06.2014 / 3:15 PM / Rules

NHL.com

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today that the modification to Rule 1.9 - Face-off Spots and Circles will be implemented for the commencement of the 2014-15 Season. The rule change, which moves the hash marks at the end zone circles from three feet apart to five feet, seven inches apart, had been tested during the 2014-15 preseason.

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Hockey Operations Update: Standard of Enforcement and New Rules

Friday, 01.18.2013 / 4:39 PM / Rules

The NHL's Hockey Operations Department hosted a two-day meeting on August 21-22, 2012 at the League Office in Toronto to discuss the standard of enforcement by NHL on-ice officials. Among those in attendance were representatives from the NHL and NHLPA offices; team general managers, coaches and players; and on-ice officials.

Over the course of two days the group discussed:

1) Interference (Rule 56)

2) Face-off Interference (Rule 56)

3) Holding (Rule 54)

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Head hits, pads biggest changes to rulebook

Tuesday, 10.05.2010 / 4:34 PM / Rules

Brian Hunter - NHL.com Staff Writer

"One of the aspects that drove our managers to make this decision, something like 50 percent of our concussions came from hits that were delivered from the side -- call it the blind side for lack of a better term. Our managers felt that by getting rid of this particular hit, it would certainly reduce concussions in the game."
-- Colin Campbell

It's Rule 48 in the NHL's official rulebook for the 2010-11 season and highlighted in yellow so as to make no mistake about its implementation and importance.

Illegal checks to the head, defined as "a lateral or blind side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principle point of contact is not permitted," will now be subject to a five-minute major penalty and automatic game misconduct, as well as possible supplemental discipline if deemed appropriate by the League.

In a conference call Tuesday that included NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell and Senior Vice President and Director of Officiating Terry Gregson, the point was driven home repeatedly that as the game has evolved and players have become bigger and stronger, the need arose to better protect them from injuries caused as a result of hits to the head.
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NHL releases new rules, points of emphasis video

Monday, 09.20.2010 / 9:29 AM / Rules
As the NHL's first preseason games start Tuesday, the League's Hockey Operations Department sent a video to all 30 clubs' general managers, coaches and players explaining new rule changes and points of emphasis for the 2010-11 regular season. The most visible change, of course, involves hits to the head.

The Board of Governors, General Managers and the Competition Committee unanimously agreed that "a lateral or blind side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principle point of contact is not permitted." On March 25, the League implemented the rule for the remainder of the 2009-10 season. The rule only provided for supplemental discipline.

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[He's] real confident with the puck now, getting it off his stick quick and no second-guessing. We need that. He's such a good guy in the room. He works so hard. That's the big thing. For not a big man, he just fights for every puck and when he scores, the guys appreciate that even more.

— Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice on Mathieu Perreault, who scored two goals in win against Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday