Several rule changes have impacted the NHL before the new season.
BY RYAN HOLLINGSWORTH SEPTEMBER 16, 2023 (3:22)
Before the start of this season, the NHL implemented several relatively minor but still important rule changes that are essential to understand as the game continues to evolve. One of these changes mandates the use of helmets during warm-ups for players who joined the league after 2019.
This rule is now officially part of the rule book rather than a mere suggestion. It was a common topic of discussion among general managers, as numerous players were getting injured by errant pucks during warm-ups.
Another notable rule change concerns illegal sticks. The NHL has consolidated all conditions for illegal sticks into one rule, known as Rule 10.8. This rule is crucial to ensure that every player is on a level playing field and will be enforced by the referees if they observe any illegal sticks.
A significant clarification made during this offseason pertains to the coaches' challenge. Specifications have been added to the rule book, stating that if a puck goes out of play and is not noticed by the officials, these plays are eligible for a coaches' challenge, regardless of which team sent the puck into the netting.
Lastly, offsides were also addressed in these changes, and the rule now reads as follows:
It remains to be seen whether these rule changes will have a significant impact on the NHL, but it is always prudent to ensure that the rules align with the NHL's vision for the game.
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