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For our hockey fans before the season starts

NHL rule changes for 2014-15: More trapezoid, no spin-o-rama, please stop diving

The NHL announced nine rule changes for the 2014-15 season.

The changes will go into effect for the 2014-15 season. Here's a rundown:

More trapezoid

"The trapezoid will be expanded by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the net," the league says. The trapezoid rule, also known as Rule 1.8 in the NHL rulebook, was introduced after the 2004-05 lockout. Brodeur, a phenomenal puck-handling goaltender, was one of the chief reasons for the introduction of the rule as the NHL tried to cut down on goalies leaving their crease to stop dump-ins behind the goal.

The 'long change' comes to overtime

Previously, NHL teams didn't switch ends before overtime in the regular season. That'll change in 2014-15, meaning teams have the dreaded "long change" in the OT period, just as they do in the second period. Presumably this will lead to a few more breakaways and blown line changes in the 4-on-4 OT period. That'll be fun.

Other OT changes: Teams don't need to submit their list of three players to the officials before shootouts, and the entire ice will undergo a dry scrape by the Zamboni before OT.

Goodbye, spin-o-rama

This seems a little silly since it's not used all that much, and it's a SportsCentre-level highlight every time it happens, but the NHL has outlawed the spin-o-rama move in shootouts and penalty shots. Goalies don't like it, though, since it can be hard to track the puck.

Seriously, stop diving

From the NHL, here are some changes to the tripping rule as related to diving and embellishment:

The rule relating to "Tripping" will be revised to specifically provide that a two minute minor penalty will be assessed when a defending player "dives" and trips an attacking player with his body/arm/shoulder, regardless of whether the defending player is able to make initial contact with the puck.

But, in situations where a penalty shot might otherwise be appropriate, if the defending player "dives" and touches the puck first (before the trip), no penalty shot will be awarded. (In such cases, the resulting penalty will be limited to a two-minute minor penalty for tripping.)

In addition to that change, the NHL is implementing fines for both players and coaches who are repeat offenders when it comes to diving and embellishment. As follows:

Incident 1: warning for player
Incident 2: $2,000 fine for player
Incident 3: $3,000 fine for player
Incident 4: $4,000 fine for player, $2,000 for coach
Incident 5: $5,000 fine for player, $3,000 for coach
Incident 6: $5,000 fine for player, $4,000 for coach
Incident 7: $5,000 fine for player, $5,000 for coach
Incident 8: $5,000 fine for player, $5,000 for coach
You can't game the system after icing anymore

We all know about how the same defending players must remain on the ice after an icing call, which leads to tired players and, ideally, less icing infractions. But teams currently use every trick in the book to delay the ensuing face off, giving themselves a chance to get some rest before play resumes. The NHL is eliminating one of those tricks.

Starting in 2014-15, if the defending player in a face off commits a face off violation after an icing call, he'll be given a warning but will be forced to stay in the face off circle. Previously, players would commit a violation and then would be replaced by another player, who would take his sweet ole time getting set for the face off. No longer. If there's a second face off violation by the defending player, the team will receive a two-minute bench minor penalty.

A few others...

In the 2014 preseason, the hash marks on face off circles will be moved from three feet apart to five feet. This is the international standard, and this change may carry into the regular season if the NHL and NHLPA agree to do so after the preseason test.
Stiffer penalties: If a player earns two game misconduct penalties in a season for clipping, charging, elbowing, interference, kneeing, head-butting or butt-ending, they'll automatically be suspended one game. Previously that was only the case for boarding and checking from behind.
Video review is being slightly expanded to give the video goal judge more authority. They'll have more discretion on correcting on-ice calls when the video evidence disagrees with the call made by the referees. When it comes to goals disallowed due to a "distinct kicking motion," however, video goal judges will require more evidence to overturn the on-ice decision.
Face off location will remain in the offensive zone when the attacking team shoots and does the following, forcing the puck out of play: shot breaks the glass, shot goes off the side of the net and out of play, shot goes off the boards or glass and out, shot is deflected out by a teammate, shot gets stuck in or on the net.


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..thanks.. diving.. that must be from watching too much footy/soccer during the off season?
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