CALGARY, AB -- The American Hockey League recently concluded their 2014 Annual Meeting and the board has approved several rule changes.
The AHL will implement the following rule changes at the start of the 2014-15 season:
During the regular season, the sudden-death overtime period will be seven minutes in length, preceded by a dry scrape of the entire ice surface.
Teams will change ends at the start of overtime.
Full playing strength will be 4-on-4 until the first whistle following three minutes of play, at which time full strength will be reduced to 3-on-3 for the four minutes remaining in the overtime period.
If the game is still tied following overtime, a winner will be determined by a three-player shootout.
An automatic game misconduct will be applied to any player who has been assessed two major penalties for fighting or three major penalties for any infraction in the same game.
A player on the ice whose helmet comes off during play will be assessed a minor penalty unless he immediately exits the playing surface or puts the helmet back on with the chin strap properly fastened.
The Calgary Flames AHL affiliate relocated to Glens Falls, NY this spring and will play in the AHL's North Division.
The Adirondack Flames' home opener is on Oct. 11 at the Glens Falls Civic Centre. The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.