Mid-Season Rules Changes
The rules have changed. I’ve yet to see it anywhere else, but TSN is reporting two rules changes starting tonight:
Beginning tonight pucks fired directly over the glass in the defensive zone are no longer an automatic two minute minor. If a puck is deflected, batted or gloved over the glass and the referee deems it unintentional, it is no longer a penalty.
Also, all sticks will be measured before shooters take part in the shootout. If a stick is illegal, its owner is sent back to the bench for a legal stick.
I was unaware rules changes could be made in-season.
While I do hope the first one is true, as I wasn’t a fan of the automatic delay of game penalty, I do hope the linesmen/refs who handle stick measuring are very quick about it.
Thanks to Jamie for the pointer.
Update 5pm: Confirmed. NHL.com now has an article about the rules changes. I’m a fan of the wording in the stick measurement rules: quickly, efficiently, promptly.