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RULE CHANGE: NHL Updates Coach's Challenge on Goaltender Interference

Effective today, the NHL's Situation Room to make final call on goals after consulting with on-ice officials

by LA Kings @LAKings / LAKings.com

The NHL announced today that the Board of Governors has approved the changes to Rule 78.7 (ii) Coach's Challenge - Goaltender Interference.

This season, the LA Kings have been involved 29 reviewed plays this season and a handful of Coach's Challenges for Goaltender Interference that have gone to the situation room...

Video: Situation Room: Brown's late goal is overturned

...with not many going in the Kings' favor. 

However, there will be more consistent rulings going forward as the NHL will have the Situation Room be more heavily involved in confirming and overturning calls. Via NHL PR, the following changes will be implemented starting games on March 28th:

  • (ii) Scoring Plays Involving Potential "Interference on the Goalkeeper"
  • (c) The standard for overturning the call in the event of a "GOAL" call on the ice is that the NHL Situation Room (which shall include a former referee in the Officiating Department in the decision-making process), after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Referee who made the original call, determines that the goal should have been disallowed due to "Interference on the Goalkeeper," as described in Rules 69.1, 69.3 and 69.4.
  • (d) The standard for overturning the call in the event of a "NO GOAL" call on the ice is that the NHL Situation Room (which shall include a former referee in the Officiating Department in the decision-making process), after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Referee who made the original call, determines that the goal on the ice should have been allowed because either: (i) there was no actual contact of any kind initiated by the attacking Player with the goalkeeper; or (ii) the attacking Player was pushed, shoved or fouled by a defending Player causing the attacking Player to come into contact with the goalkeeper; or (iii) the attacking Player's positioning within the crease did not impair the goalkeeper's ability to defend his goal and, in fact, had no discernible impact on the play.

Tweet from @lakingsinsider: BOG approves chgs to coach's challenges on goaltender interference. New standard decided by "the NHL Situation Room (which shall include a former referee in the Officiating Department in the decision-making process) ... and consulting with the Referee who made the original call"

    It would seem as though this would be something that Head Coach John Stevens should be happy about. 

    Especially considering how he's felt over some of the past calls ...

    Tweet from @LAKings: "I think the league is so confused that I'm confused. They don't know what it is, so how the hell are we supposed to know what it is?"- Head Coach John Stevens on the goalie interference call pic.twitter.com/UQPV8TjWn7

    Tweet from @LAKings: "It's a guessing game for me. But that's the call they made." - Head Coach John Stevens on tonight's goaltender interference call pic.twitter.com/Z1R2rW73Ia

    ...but sometimes those calls went his way!!

    Tweet from @LAKings: Huge news: The LA Kings finally won a coach's challenge

    Tweet from @LAKings: UPDATE: JOHN STEVENS IS ON A ROLL. https://t.co/V0hCAYUwKt

    Last week, Kings Vice President General Manager Rob Blake stated that "I think that once you get to video review, you can take the emotions away. You can watch it on the replay, slow it down, move it frame-by-frame and, hopefully, make a better call."

    Video: EJ chats with Rob Blake about the GM Meetings

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