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2010-2011 NHL RULE BOOK – SUMMARY OF CHANGES

(last updated July 28, 2010)

Rule No.

Rule
Title
Former
Wording
Revised
Wording
10.1
Sticks
Paragraph 3:

Requests for an exception to the length of the shaft (only) may be submitted in writing to and must be approved by the League’s Hockey Operations Department prior to any such stick being approved for use. Maximum length of a stick granted an exception under this rule is sixty-five inches (65”).

Paragraph 3:

Requests for an exception to the length of the shaft (only) may be submitted in writing to and must be approved by the League’s Hockey Operations Department prior to any such stick being approved for use.  Only players 6’6” tall or more will be considered for exception. Maximum length of a stick granted an exception under this rule is sixty-five inches (65”).

10.5
Sticks
Paragraph 10:

If, after a player’s stick has been ruled illegal, he attempts to take a penalty shot with a second stick that is also ruled illegal prior to taking the penalty shot, the opportunity to take the penalty shot shall be disallowed. The player shall be assessed one minor penalty for the first illegal stick.

Paragraph 10:

If, after a player’s stick has been ruled illegal, he attempts to take a penalty shot with a second stick that is also ruled illegal prior to taking the penalty shot, the opportunity to take the penalty shot shall be disallowed. The player shall be assessed one minor penalty for the first illegal stick.

11.2
 
 
 
 
 
NEW
Goalkeeper’s Equipment

Paragraph 1:

Leg Guards – The leg guards worn by goalkeepers shall not exceed eleven inches (11'') in extreme width when on the leg of the player. The maximum length from bottom mid-point to top mid-point of the pad is not to exceed thirty-eight inches (38''). The minimum length of the boot of the pad is to be no less than seven inches (7''). The goal pad must have a defined boot channel with no inserts. The channel must be big enough so that the skate slots into it and is not resting on the pad. No attachments such as plastic puck foils are permitted. Pads can only be ten and one-half inches (101/2'') deep. The measurement will be taken from the front face of the pad to the last edge of the inner knee protection.

Paragraph 1:

Leg Guards – The leg guards worn by goalkeepers shall not exceed eleven inches (11'') in extreme width when on the leg of the player. The maximum length from bottom mid-point to top mid-point of the pad is not to exceed thirty-eight inches (38'').  Each goalkeeper must wear pads that are anatomically proportional and size specific based on the individual physical characteristics of that goalkeeper. The League's Hockey Operations Department will have the complete discretion to determine the maximum height of each goalkeeper's pads based on measurements obtained by the League's Hockey Operations Department, which will include the floor to center of knee and center of knee to pelvis measurements.  Each goalkeeper will be given a Limiting Distance Size based on these measurements. The Limiting Distance Size will be the sum of the floor to knee and 55% of the knee to pelvis measurements plus a four inch (4”) allowance for the height of the skate.  The Limiting Distance Size is a vertical measurement from the playing surface and will be measured with the Limiting Distance Gauge.  Any pads deemed too large for a goalkeeper will be considered illegal equipment for that goalkeeper, regardless of whether or not they would have fallen within previous equipment maximums. The minimum length of the boot of the pad is to be no less than seven inches (7''). The goal pad must have a defined boot channel with no inserts. The channel must be big enough so that the skate slots into it and is not resting on the pad. No attachments such as plastic puck foils are permitted. Pads can only be ten and one-half inches (101/2'') deep. The measurement will be taken from the front face of the pad to the last edge of the inner knee protection.

11.4
Goalkeeper’s Equipment
Paragraph 4:

All knee protection must be strapped and fit under the thigh pad of the pant leg and not exceed a contoured ten inches (10''), with no flat surfaces and must not be permanently attached or fixed to the pants.

Paragraph 4:

All knee protection must be strapped and fit under the thigh pad of the pant leg and not exceed a contoured ten inches (10''), with no flat surfaces and must not be permanently attached or fixed to the pants.

11.5
NEW
Goalkeeper’s Equipment
11.5 Catching Glove – etc.

11.5 Knee Pads – All knee protection must be strapped and fit under the thigh pad of the pant leg and not exceed a contoured nine inches (9”), with no flat surfaces and must not be permanently attached or fixed to the pants.

Layering at the knee is permitted to add protection but not to add stopping area. Any layering to protect the knee, whether across the front or along the sides, shall not exceed nine inches (9”).

This measurement is to be taken while the goalkeeper is in an upright standing position.  In the event a goalkeeper is required to wear a medical appliance to support the knee, the measurement will be taken without the goalkeeper wearing the medical appliance.

11.6 to 11.9
 
All section numbers to be adjusted with new section (above) added.
 
11.8
Goalkeeper’s Equipment

Masks – Protective masks of a design approved by the League may be worn by goalkeepers. Protective masks deemed to be worn only to increase stopping area will be considered illegal.

Masks – Protective masks of a design approved by the League may must be worn by goalkeepers. Protective masks deemed to be worn only to increase stopping area will be considered illegal.

11.9
Goalkeeper’s Equipment
Paragraphs 1 & 2:

League Inspections - These inspections can take place any time, before, during, or after the game. A member of the League’s Hockey Operations, Officiating and/or Security departments may obtain the equipment from any or all four participating goalkeepers. This equipment may be removed to a secure location for measuring.

Any violation of this rule will result in an automatic two (2) game suspension for the next League game to the offending goalkeeper. Should both goalkeepers on a Club have illegal equipment, both will be suspended in sequence. The goalkeeper who played the day/night of the measurement will be suspended for the next two (2) games, and the back-up goalkeeper will be suspended for the following two (2) games.

Paragraphs 1 & 2:

League Inspections - These inspections can take place at any time, before, during, or after the any game. A member of the League’s Hockey Operations, Officiating and/or Security departments may obtain the equipment from any or all of the four participating goalkeepers. This equipment may be removed to a secure location for measuring.

Any violation of this rule will result in an automatic two (2) game suspension for the next League game to the offending goalkeeper. Should both goalkeepers on a Club have illegal equipment, both will be suspended in sequence. The goalkeeper who played the day/night of the measurement will be suspended for the next two (2) games played by his team, and the back-up goalkeeper will be suspended for the following subsequent two (2) games.

19.1
Coincidental Penalties
Paragraph 3:

Should one or both of these players also incur a misconduct penalty in addition to their one minor penalty, this rule shall apply and the teams would still play four skaters against four skaters (the player incurring the misconduct penalty would have to serve the entire 12 minutes – minor plus misconduct – and his team would have to place an additional player on the penalty bench to serve the minor penalty and be able to return to the ice when the minor penalty expires).

Paragraph 3:

Should one or both of these players (or any other players) also incur a misconduct penalty in addition to their one minor penalty, this rule shall apply and the teams would still play four skaters against four skaters (the player incurring the misconduct penalty would have to serve the entire 12 minutes – minor plus misconduct – and his team would have to place an additional player on the penalty bench to serve the minor penalty and be able to return to the ice when the minor penalty expires).

20.3
Major Penalties

Substitution – When a player has been assessed a major penalty and has been removed from the game or is injured, the offending team does not have to place a substitute player on the penalty bench immediately, but must do so at a stoppage of play prior to the expiration of the major penalty. He may then legally exit the penalty bench when the major penalty has expired.

Substitution – When a player has been assessed a major penalty and has been removed from the game or is injured, the offending team does not have to place a substitute player on the penalty bench immediately, but must do so at a stoppage of play prior to the expiration of the major penalty. He may then legally exit the penalty bench when the major penalty has expired. If the player has been assessed minor penalties in addition to the major penalty that must also be served on the penalty time clock, the offending team must place a substitute on the penalty bench immediately.

21.2
Match Penalties
Paragraph 2:

The match penalty, plus any additional penalties, shall be served by a player to be designated by the Manager or Coach of the offending team through the playing Captain, such player to take his place in the penalty box immediately.

Paragraph 2:

The match penalty, plus any additional penalties, shall be served by a player (excluding a goalkeeper) to be designated by the Manager or Coach of the offending team through the playing Captain, such player to take his place in the penalty box immediately.

24
 
Rule 24 – (Not in use)
Rule 24 – Penalty Shot
24.5
Penalty Shot

Face-Off Location - If a goal is scored from a penalty shot, the puck shall be faced-off at center ice. If a goal is not scored, the puck shall be faced-off at either of the end face-off spots in the zone in which the penalty shot was tried.

Face-Off Location - If a goal is scored from a penalty shot, the puck shall be faced-off at center ice. If a goal is not scored, the puck shall be faced-off at either of the end face-off spots in the zone in which the penalty shot was tried, except when another rule dictates the face-off location should be in an alternate location, such as when the point men enter the zone beyond the outer edge of the end zone face-off circle or when the attacking team has been penalized on the same play (see Rule 76.2).

25
 
Rule 25 – Penalty Shot
Rule 25 – Awarded Goals
25.4
Awarded Goals

Infractions – During the Course of a Penalty Shot - A goal will be awarded when a goalkeeper attempts to stop a penalty shot by throwing his stick or any other object at the player taking the shot or by deliberately dislodging the goal.

Infractions – During the Course of a Penalty Shot - A goal will be awarded when a goalkeeper attempts to stop a penalty shot by throwing his stick or any other object at the player taking the shot or by deliberately dislodging the goal (either deliberately or accidentally) (see Rule 63.6).

26
 
Rule 26 – Awarded Goals
Rule 26 – Delayed Penalties
27
 
Rule 27 – Delayed Penalties
Rule 27 – Goalkeeper’s Penalties
27.1
Goalkeeper’s Penalties

Minor Penalty to Goalkeeper – A goalkeeper shall not be sent to the penalty bench for an offense which incurs a minor penalty, but instead, the minor penalty shall be served by another member of his team who was on the ice when the offense was committed. This player is to be designated by the Manager or Coach of the offending team through the playing Captain and such substitute shall not be changed.

Minor Penalty to Goalkeeper – A goalkeeper shall not be sent to the penalty bench for an offense which incurs a minor penalty, but instead, the minor penalty shall be served by another member of his team who was on the ice when the offense was committed. This player is to be designated by the Manager or Coach of the offending team through the playing Captain and such substitute shall not be changed.

If the goalkeeper is involved in coincidental penalties being assessed and as a result, his team is required to play shorthanded due to additional penalties assessed to the goalkeeper, the player designated to serve the additional time penalties assessed to the goalkeeper may be any player as designated by the Manager or Coach of the offending team through the playing Captain.

28
 
Rule 28 – Goalkeeper’s Penalties
Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline
29
 
Rule 29 – Supplementary Discipline
Rule 29 – Signals
29.19
Signals
Insert new signal and description.
29.19 Illegal check to the head
 

Patting flat (open palm) of the non-whistle hand on this side of the head.

29.20 to 29.34
 
All section numbers to be adjusted with new signal (above) added.
 
30
 
Rule 30 - Signals
Rule 30 – Appointment of Officials
31
 
Rule 31 – Appointment of Officials
Rule 31 - Referees
32
 
Rule 32 - Referees
Rule 32 - Linesmen
33
 
Rule 33 - Linesmen
Rule 33 – Official Scorer
34
 
Rule 34 – Official Scorer
Rule 34 – Game Timekeeper
35
 
Rule 35 – Game Timekeeper
Rule 35 – Penalty Timekeeper
36
 
Rule 36 – Penalty Timekeeper
Rule 36 – Goal Judge
37
 
Rule 37 – Goal Judge
Rule 37 – Real Time Scorers
38
 
Rule 38 – Real Time Scorers
Rule 38 – Video Goal Judge
38.4
Video Goal Judge

(viii) The video review process shall be permitted to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals (e.g. to ensure they are “good hockey goals”). For example (but not limited to), pucks that enter the net by going through the net meshing, pucks that enter the net from underneath the net frame, etc.

(viii) The video review process shall be permitted to assist the referees in determining the legitimacy of all potential goals (e.g. to ensure they are “good hockey goals”). For example (but not limited to), pucks that enter the net by going through the net meshing, pucks that enter the net from underneath the net frame, pucks that enter the net undetected by the referee, etc.

39
 
Rule 39 – Video Goal Judge
Rule 39 – Abuse of Officials
40
 
Rule 40 – Abuse of Officials
Rule 40 – Physical Abuse of Officials
41
 
Rule 41 – Physical Abuse of Officials
Rule 41 - Boarding
42
 
Rule 42 - Boarding
Rule 42 - Charging
43
 
Rule 43 - Charging
Rule 43 – Checking from Behind
44
 
Rule 44 – Checking from Behind
Rule 44 - Clipping
45
 
Rule 45 - Clipping
Rule 45 - Elbowing
46
 
Rule 46 - Elbowing
Rule 46 - Fighting
47
 
Rule 47 - Fighting
Rule 47 – Head-butting
48
 
Rule 48 – Head-butting
Rule 48 – Illegal Check to the Head (see below)
48
NEW
Illegal Check to the Head
 
Illegal Check to the Head
 

48.1 Illegal Check to the Head - A lateral or blind side hit to an opponent where the head is targeted and/or the principle point of contact is not permitted.

48.2 Minor Penalty- There is no provision for a minor penalty for this rule.

48.3 Major Penalty- For a violation of this rule, a major penalty shall be assessed (see 48.4).

48.4 Game Misconduct- An automatic game misconduct penalty shall be assessed whenever a major penalty is assessed under this rule.

48.5 Match Penalty- The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty if, in his judgment, the player attempted to or deliberately injured his opponent with an illegal check to the head.

48.6 Fines and Suspensions- Any player who incurs a total of two (2) game misconducts under this rule, in either regular League or playoff games, shall be suspended automatically for the next game his team plays. For each subsequent game misconduct penalty the automatic suspension shall be increased by one game.

If deemed appropriate, supplementary discipline can be applied by the Commissioner at his discretion (refer to Rule 28).

53.6
Throwing Equipment

Penalty Shot - When any member of the defending team, including the Coach or any non-playing person, throws or shoots any part of a stick or any other object or piece of equipment at the puck or puck carrier in his defending zone,the Referee shall allow the play to be completed and if a goal is not scored, a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team. This shot shall be taken by the player designated by the Referee as the player fouled.

Penalty Shot - When any member of the defending team, including the Coach or any non-playing person, throws or shoots any part of a stick or any other object or piece of equipment at the puck or puck carrier in his defending zone,the Referee or Linesman shall allow the play to be completed and if a goal is not scored, a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team. This shot shall be taken by the player designated by the Referee as the player fouled.

69.1
Interference on the Goalkeeper
 
New paragraph 5:

If a defending player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by an attacking player so as to cause the defending player to come into contact with his own goalkeeper, such contact shall be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, and if necessary a penalty assessed to the attacking player and if a goal is scored it would be disallowed.

76.2
Face-offs
Paragraph 8:

When a goal is illegally scored as a result of a puck being deflected directly off an official anywhere in the defending zone, the resulting face-off shall be made at the end face-off spot in the defending zone.

Paragraph 8:

When a goal is illegally scored as a result of a puck being deflected directly off an official anywhere in the defending zone, the resulting face-off shall be made at the end nearest face-off spot in the defending zone where the puck deflected off of the official.

76.2
Face-offs
 
New paragraph 9:

When a goal is illegally scored by the attacking team by directing, batting, kicking or high-sticking the puck into the goal, the resulting face-off shall take place in the neutral zone at the nearest face-off spot.

 
85.5
Puck Out of Bounds
Paragraph 2:

For a puck that is unplayable due to being lodged in the netting or as a result of it being frozen between opposing players, the resulting face-off shall be at either of the adjacent face-off spots unless in the opinion of the Referee, the stoppage was caused by the attacking team, in which case the resulting face-off shall be conducted in the neutral zone.

Paragraph 2:

For a puck that is unplayable due to being lodged in the netting or as a result of it being frozen between opposing players, the resulting face-off shall be at either of the adjacent face-off spots unless in the opinion of the Referee, the stoppage was caused by the attacking team, in which case the resulting face-off shall be conducted in the neutral zone or at the nearest face-off spot in the zone from which the puck was shot, whichever gives the offending team the least amount of territorial advantage.

87
Time-outs
 
Add new paragraph 7:

Television commercial time-out guidelines are established by the League. However, no commercial time-out is permitted after the scoring of a goal. No commercial time-out is permitted after the calling of an icing infraction, except when a penalty or penalties are assessed that affect the on-ice strength of either team.

Table 5
 
 
Add:
Rule 48 – Illegal Check to the Head
Table 6
 
 
Add:
Rule 48 – Illegal Check to the Head
Table 8
 
 
Add:
Rule 48 – Illegal Check to the Head
Table 17
Coincidental Penalties
 
Add Example 28:

A3   2+10   B5   2    Teams play 4 on 4

 
Add Example 29:
A3   2+10 B5 2+10 Teams play 4 on 4
 
 
Add Example 30:
A3 2       B5 2
A4 10     B7 10     Teams play 4 on 4
Table 18
Interference on the Goalkeeper

3. A DEFENDING PLAYER PUSHES, SHOVES, OR FOULS AN ATTACKING PLAYER INTO THE GOALKEEPER, WHO IS IN OR OUT OF THE CREASE.

3. A DEFENDING PLAYER PUSHES, SHOVES, OR FOULS ANOTHER ATTACKING PLAYER INTO THE GOALKEEPER, WHO IS IN OR OUT OF THE CREASE.

 
Situation
 

D. An attacking player, through his actions pushes, shoves or fouls a defending player into the goalkeeper at the time a goal is scored. 

 
Result
 

A penalty may be called at the discretion of the Referee for the actions of the attacking player and the goal is disallowed.

 

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory