The Canadian Hockey League today announced that it has adopted the following two NHL rules for the 2008-09 playing season:
When players are penalized at a stoppage of play so as to result in penalties being placed on the penalty time clock to one team, the ensuing face-off shall be conducted at one of the two face-off spots in the offending team’s end zone. There are only four exceptions to this application:
(i) when a penalty is assessed after the scoring of a goal (face-off at center ice)
(ii) when a penalty is assessed at the end (or start) of a period – face-off at center ice
(iii) when the defending team is about to be penalized and the attacking players enter the attacking zone beyond the outer edge of the end zone face-off circle – face-off in the neutral zone (see paragraph 11 of this section)
(iv) when the team not being penalized ices the puck – face-off in the neutral zone outside the blue line of the team icing the puck
Puck out of bounds
When the puck hits the goal frame, goal post or crossbar and goes out of play, regardless as to which team shot the puck, the ensuing face-off shall take place at one of the end zone face-off spots in the zone where the puck went out of play.
The QMJHL added new fighting sanctions. From the Montreal Gazette:
I don't agree with the new fighting sanctions.
The new rules will penalize players who instigate fights, fight twice in a game, fight during the warm up, or fight a goaltender with stiffer automatic suspensions.
Plus, goaltenders that are aggressors in fights will now face automatic 10-game suspensions.
Also, the league will hand out fines ranging from $500 to $5000 for coaches who are involved in, or engage in altercations.
That's My Take
(Nathan also is a writer for Maineiacs Post to Post and the Maine Hockey Journal. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)