NHL Announces Rule Changes

The NHL announced a series of rule changes for the 2014-15 season, including making a spin-o-rama move in the shootout illegal.

Included in the rule changes is:

  • the trapezoid will be expanded by two feet from the goal post on both sides of the net
  • fines will be assessed to players and head coaches on a graduated scale for penalties associated with Rule 64.3 (Diving/Embellishment)
  • teams will switch ends prior to the start of overtime in the regular season, and the procedure requiring the head coach to submit a list of the first three shooters in the shoot-out has been eliminated

19 thoughts on “NHL Announces Rule Changes

  • September 11, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    boy that’s a relief…what is the imogi for facetious???

  • September 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Way to go NHL. It has always been so irritating to see something as stupid as the shoot out made a little more entertaining with a good spin-o-rama move. This should teach a good lesson to those goofs who get excited over exciting plays.

    Long live boring exhibitions!

  • September 11, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Not announcing the shooters.. woooo. Maybe they should change all the way to Olympic shootout rules. But I hate shootouts anyway……. so, whatever

    Eliminate 3 point games period. Make OT 7 or 8 minutes and no point for an OT loss. That will pick up the intensity of the 4 on 4 OT. With 7 or 8 minutes and no point for an OT loss, the rate ties after OT would plummet.

  • September 12, 2014 at 7:14 am

    You committed Indians… Any slight mention of the word shootout and you start hating. I have enjoyed many exciting evenings watching the spin-o-rama win a shootout. But no more… Boo.

  • September 12, 2014 at 9:18 am

    no idea wtf “kid” is talking about

  • September 12, 2014 at 9:20 am

    The shootout objective is simple; put the puck in the net! Outside of throwing or kicking the puck into the net everything should be allowed! Goalies have enough of an advantage w their enormous padding.

    The trapezoid is the worst addition to hockey since the Florida Panthers!

  • September 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Tab, I believe “kid” was referring to the use of the “spin-o-rama” on his NHL video game….. He must think the rule changes applies to him…….

  • September 12, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I think the removal on the Spin-o-rama is a good thing. Because the puck must always have forward momentum, and a spin-o-rama can cause the puck to actually move away from the net. I remember a Hawks game where a goal was allowed, but the replay showed the puck either stopping or moving away. The goal should not have been allowed.

  • September 12, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Oh please Tab… Every time there is a mention of a shootout, folks start hating on shootouts. Even though hating on shootouts has nothing to do with the article posted, like this article for example…

    This article is not about weather or not we hate shootouts or want them. This article is about changing rules during a shootout, yet the first 2 comments talk about how much they hate shootouts. So let me show some love for shootouts then…

    I like shootouts because I think a tie is a very anticlimactic way to finish a game.

    And uh… Joey… I used to love playing Hockey on the computer, how’d you guess?


  • September 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Shootouts are garbage. 4on4 for 7min.

    A lot of times Ties are better then some teams getting a free pt. This aint soccer or is that foot ball.

  • September 12, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    If we are going down this road… I perfer shootouts to ties… but that said, i do say go 7 minutes of OT

    AND if it were up to me…

    do 3 pts for a win… 2 for OT/SO win, 1 for OT/SO loss. (so all games are “3 pt games)
    2 for a win (Reg or OT), 1 for Win (SO), and 0 for all losses. (Incentive for not going to SO for all teams involved)

  • September 12, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I’ll re-iterate what I’ve stated to all of my hockey friends in person…

    The original rule stated that once the shooter himself stopped his forward momentum the shot is over, therefore the spin-o-rama has and always will be an illegal maneuver.

    It has nothing to do with the pucks momentum, players can move the puck backward, side to side, or any other direction physics will allow.

    This isn’t even a new rule so to speak, they’re just starting to enforce it.

  • September 12, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    I think I can agree to that DarkBird. If a player uses the spin-o-rama and stops their forward movement, then it should not be a good goal. The goal int eh video posted here is a good example. Although I was not there, on the ice, it looked questionable from where I am.

    However, if the shooter uses the spin-o-rama in such a way where forward movement does not stop, then it should be legal.

    Simply making any spin move illegal in a shootout seems like overkill and puts less emphasis on good, creative, and tricky skating, which I think should be a big part of hockey. We should not take that away.

  • September 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Now that I think about it, if the player is spinning, there will be a short moment where they are skating backwards, or not forwards. Therefore should be illegal.


    OK I think I have a better understanding of this rule now.


  • September 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    — and no change to the shot-out-of-the-rink-in-the-defensive-zone delay of game penalty!?!? I think the consequences of an icing would be a better result than a minor penalty. I believe most of those plays are not intentional. What do I know?

  • September 13, 2014 at 9:17 am

    RE: “I hate shootouts”, “shootouts are garbage”, “shootouts are anticlimatic” …


    When was the last time you saw a paying customer sit back down on his wallet, let alone get bored and leave the arena, once the shootout begins?

  • September 13, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Dislike of shootouts has nothing to do with their drama or excitement, at least to me. They are exciting. I simply maintain that 3 point games (2+1) cloud the standings and that teams pull off the gas after two minutes of OT. I am with those who say zero for a loss. The incentive for the quintessential team sport should be to win as a team. Shootouts don’t do that.

    As for 3-2-1 scoring…..didn’t they try that in the AHL a few years ago???

  • September 16, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    How about 4-on-4 for 5 minutes, then 3- on-3 for 5… 2 on 2 then 1-on-1?
    Anything to get rid of shootouts completely!

  • September 16, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I am all for a viable solution to getting rid of shootouts but I will take shootouts anytime over the way OT was played prior to shootouts. It was terrible play, not to lose hockey where a team would dump the puck and only send one forward in to chase while everyone else held the red line. Unfortunately, the NHL has not found or experimented with winning solutions.

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