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Rule Changes Announced for 2017-2018 NHL Season

William Deyesso

A computer science graduate of Bryant & Stratton School of Business, William Deyesso is the former CEO of Royal Administration Services. Outside of his professional endeavors, William Deyesso is an avid hockey fan.

In an effort to increase offense and quicken the pace of play, the National Hockey League (NHL) approved a few minor rule changes prior to the 2017-2018 season. One of the most significant changes is intended to limit the frequency of coaches’ challenges, particularly as it pertains to offside reviews. Under the new rule, if a coach is unsuccessful in challenging a goal that he believes was offside, his team will be given a two-minute penalty. Previously, the team only lost its timeout if a challenge was unsuccessful.

While each team still has one timeout to use during the course of a game, they won't be able to use it after icing the puck. A coach isn't allowed to make any on-ice personnel changes following an icing call but, as of last year, he could call a timeout and allow his players an opportunity to rest. That won't be the case in 2017-2018.

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