Calgary, Alta. – The Western Hockey League announced today two rule changes that will take effect immediately. The rule changes were approved Tuesday, October 8 at the WHL General Managers meeting in Calgary.
The rule changes to be in effect for games beginning tonight include:
1) Double-Minor Penalty – High-Sticking
When a double-minor penalty has been assessed due to an injury from high-sticking, the Referee will instruct the Video Goal Judge to review the situation to either confirm or overturn the penalty. This means that in every situation when a double-minor penalty is assessed for injury due to a high stick, the Video Goal Judge must review the situation.
There are three possible outcomes from a Video Review in this scenario:
- Video Goal Judge confirms that a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking is to be assessed;
- The penalty is overturned because the Video Goal Judge determines the injury was caused by a teammate’s stick or the puck;
- The review is inconclusive and the original call on the ice stands – a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking is assessed.
It is important to note that the Video Goal Judge is only to be used to review a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking that was assessed on the ice by the on-ice officials. The Video Goal Judge cannot be used to add a penalty that was not originally assessed. The Video Goal Judge is also not able to assess a Double-Minor Penalty for High-Sticking when only a single Minor Penalty for High-Sticking has been assessed on the ice by an on-ice official.
2) Face-off Location
When a delayed penalty is signalled, and the team not being penalized ices the puck, the ensuing face-off will be conducted at one of the two face-off circles in the penalized team’s end zone. Previously, the face-off would have been moved outside the blue line.
About the Western Hockey League
Regarded as the world’s finest development league for junior hockey players, the Western Hockey League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 located in Western Canada and five in the U.S. Pacific Northwest. A member of the Canadian Hockey League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving WHL Scholarships to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice. Each season, WHL players also form the nucleus of Canada’s National Junior Hockey Team.