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NHL Changes the Rules for 2014-15

By Andrew Gregory
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Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Today, the NHL announced a few new rules changes for this upcoming season. They are minor, but important changes. Here are some of the changes.

Regarding the rink dimensions:

Rule 1.8- The trapezoid, or the area directly behind the goalie, will be expanded by two feet, making the pie slice smaller.

Rule 1.9- The hashmarks will be moved from three feet apart to five feet, seven inches apart.

Players can now receive a game misconduct penalty for clipping, charging, elbowing, interference, kneeing, headbutting, and butt-ending (Rule 23). They will be counted in the category ‘Physical Fouls’. If a player incurs to ‘Physical Fouls’ game misconduct penalties, they will automatically be suspended for a game.

This is probably the most controversial rules change. The NHL has officially banned the ‘Spin-O-Rama’ shot in shootouts and penalty shots (Rule 24). Every time this type of goal is scored in one of those events, it seems to start an incredible amount of controversy and speculation about whether the puck stopped or the player did not continue forward progress, so the league simply decided to cut it out completely.

The NHL will also provide broader video review capabilities in calling goals or no goals (Rule 38). This will also make for more leeway for players on goals that were supposedly ‘kicked in’.

Rule 57 on tripping will be revised to make it more difficult for diving players for avoid a tripping penalty.

There are many more rules revisions that have been made. These include new ‘diving/embellishment’ fines for players, new overtime rules, and puck out of bounds rules.

The entire list of new rules, including the exact amount fined for diving, can be found here.

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