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AHL Announces Rule Changes

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors has concluded its 2014 Annual Meeting, held this week at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Chaired by AHL President and CEO David Andrews, the four days of meetings, which concluded Thursday, saw the approval of the following rules changes to be implemented beginning in 2014-15:

Rule 85 (“Overtime”)
During the regular season, the sudden-death overtime period will be seven minutes (7:00) 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 (4:00 remaining), at which time full strength will be reduced to 3-on-3 for the duration of the overtime period.

If the game is still tied following overtime, a winner will be determined by a three-player shootout.

Rule 20.4 (“Major Penalties”)
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.

Rule 9.6 (“Helmets”)
A player on the ice whose helmet comes off during play will be assessed a minor penalty unless he immediately (a) exits the playing surface or (b) puts the helmet back on with the chin strap properly fastened.

“With the full support of the league’s Competition Committee and Player Development Committee, the Board has approved these changes with the betterment of our game and the safety of our players in mind,” said Andrews.

In operation since 1936, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates, and for the 13th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2013-14.

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Da lil Guy's avatar

So does that mean a shorthanded situation cold be 3 on 2 or even 3 on 1 during overtime?

Posted by Da lil Guy from Guelph, Ontario on 07/10/14 at 01:24 PM ET


So does that mean a shorthanded situation cold be 3 on 2 or even 3 on 1 during overtime?

Never thought of that one.  I’m glad to see this go into effect, sounds very interesting.

Posted by neffernin on 07/10/14 at 02:54 PM ET


So does that mean a shorthanded situation cold be 3 on 2 or even 3 on 1 during overtime?

The team with the power play will get an extra player for every penalty up to 5. 


Posted by neffernin on 07/10/14 at 02:56 PM ET

Chris in Hockey Hell's avatar

Whatever happened to the two foot wide blue lines they tried not too long ago?

Posted by Chris in Hockey Hell from Ann Arbor, MI but LIVING in Columbia, TN on 07/10/14 at 03:08 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

So happy they’re experimenting with the 3 on 3 in the A. Means it’ll be in the NHL ‘15-16 season. The more gimmicky the game can get the better sick

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 07/10/14 at 03:13 PM ET

Hootinani's avatar

What a fuching circus.  Can’t they just play the damn game as it was meant to be and leave well enough alone?  So sick of gimmicks.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/10/14 at 03:49 PM ET

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