NHL introduces four new rules to modernize hockey

Elliot Ben Jacob
June 28, 2024  (8:33)

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The NHL announced four new rules for the 2024-25 season, aiming to enhance video reviews and improve various game aspects, reflecting the league's modernization efforts.

The NHL revealed several updates to the rulebook, targeting improvements in video reviews and game flow. While these changes might not revolutionize the sport, they underscore the NHL's dedication to keeping the game modern and fair. Here are the new rules hockey fans should watch out for:
1. Expansion of coach's challenge for puck-over-glass (only to challenge a called penalty, not to put one on the board).

2. Attacking players now get warned instead of removed from face-off following an icing call.

3. Inadvertently knocking the net off rule (64.A iv) will now also apply to goalies (if they or anyone on the team does it, the attacking team gets to choose the face-off location in the o-zone and the defending team can't change).

4. Rule 75.3 instituted for unsportsmanlike conduct - offending team will be first warned (and then penalized if they didn't heed the warning) for players hanging over the boards prior to a line change.

These updates are designed to fine-tune specific game situations and ensure a smoother experience for players and fans alike.
The NHL's rule changes have sparked a variety of reactions from fans. One of the most talked-about changes is the expansion of the coach's challenge to include puck-over-glass penalties. Some fans believe this could streamline game interruptions, while others question its necessity.
Why does puck-over-glass need to be a coach's challenge? Just review it if necessary. The play is already stopped

Not everyone has been thrilled with these announced changes, with many disappointed about the lack of information regarding goalie interference.
But let's not fix goaltender interference, it's going so well right

These new rules aren't perfect, and there's definitely room for improvement, but they're steps in the right direction.
The introduction of these new rules demonstrates the NHL's commitment to evolving the game. By refining video review protocols and addressing game flow issues, the league aims to provide a fairer and more engaging experience for everyone involved. These updates may not be the sweeping changes some fans hoped for, but they are steps in the right direction, ensuring the game continues to progress and adapt.
As the 2024-25 season approaches, it will be interesting to see how these new rules play out on the ice and what additional changes the NHL might consider in the future. For now, fans and players alike will have to adjust and embrace the league's latest efforts to modernize the sport.
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