SECTION FOUR - PLAYING RULES

Rule 401: Starting Line ups

This Rule has been Deleted.

Rule 412: Change of Players Procedure During Stoppage of Play

This incorporates the IIHF PROCEDURE BULLETIN No. 2 into the rule book.

Following a stoppage of play, the visiting team shall promptly place a line-up of players on the ice for play and no substitution shall be made until play has resumed.

The home team may then make any desired substitution, which does not result in the delay of the game.

If there is any undue delay by either team in changing lines, the Referee shall order the offending team or teams to take their positions immediately and shall not permit a line change.

The procedure shall be carried out as follows;

The Referee will take his position for the start of the next play, and the linesman dropping the puck will proceed promptly to the location of the face-off.

The Referee shall allow the visiting team 5 seconds to make their player changes.

After 5 seconds, the Referee shall raise his arm to indicate that the visiting team may no longer make a player change.

With the arm still up, the Referee shall allow the home team 5 seconds to make their player changes.

After five seconds, the Referee shall drop his arm to indicate that the home team may no longer make a player change.

As soon as the Referee drops his arm the Linesman conducting  the face-off will blow the whistle, which signals to both teams that they have no more than 5 seconds to line up for the face-off.

At the end of the 5 seconds, or sooner if the facing off players are ready, the linesman will drop the puck.

Rule 414: Change of Goalkeeper During the Play

This Rule has been Deleted

Rule 415: Change of Goalkeepers During Stoppage of Play

During a stoppage of play, goalkeepers shall not be permitted to go to the players bench except to be replaced or during a time-out. The goalkeeper can change as soon as play resumes.

Rule 592 will still apply

Rule 442: Procedure for Conducting Face-Offs

When the face-off is at the center ice spot the player of the visiting team shall place his stick first.

Rule 490:Stopping/Passing the Puck with Hands

A player shall be permitted to stop or bat the puck in the air with the open hand or push it along the ice with his hand, unless in the opinion of the Referee, the player has deliberately directed the puck to a team mate.

If a team mate of such player obtains possession of the puck in the neutral zone, play shall be stopped and the puck faced off at the location where the offence occurred, unless the offending team gains territorial advantage, then the face-off shall be where the stoppage of play occurred.

If a team mate of such player obtain possession of the puck in his defending zone, the Referee will not stop the play, provided the hand pass is completed before the player and puck leave the zone.

If a team mate of such a player obtains possession of the puck in his attacking zone, the Referee will stop the play with the face-off at the neutral zone face off spot outside the attacking zone.

Rule 491: Kicking the Puck

Kicking the puck shall be permitted in all zone, but a goal may be scored by the kick of an attacking player unless deflected off the stick of an attacking player.  (Even if deflected by any player, goalkeeper or official)

Rule 492: High Sticking the Puck

Stopping the puck with the stick above the height of the shoulders is prohibited, the play will be stopped (and face-off will be conducted at one of the end zone spots of the offending team

If the puck has been high-sticked by an attacking player in his attacking zone the fece-off shall take place at the nearest spot in the neutral zone.

If the puck has been high-sticked by a player in his defending zone or in the neutral zone face-off shall take place where the offence occurred unless the offending team gains territorial advantage, then the fece-off shall be where the stoppage of play occurred.