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Official 2017-2018 SPHL Rule Book

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Rule changes:

78.5 Disallowed Goals – Apparent goals shall be disallowed by the Referee and the appropriate announcement made by the Public Address Announcer for the following reasons:

(i) When the puck has been directed, batted or thrown into the net by an attacking player other than with a stick. When this occurs, if it is deemed to be done deliberately, then the decision shall be NO GOAL. A goal cannot be scored when the puck has been deliberately batted with any part of the attacking player’s body into the net.

79.2  Defending Zone - Play will not be stopped for any hand pass by players in their own defending zone. The location of the puck when contacted by either the player making the hand pass or the player receiving the hand pass shall determine the zone it is in.

85.5  Face-Off Location - Notwithstanding this rule, should an attacking player cause the puck to go out of play or become unplayable in the attacking zone, the face-off shall take place at a neutral zone face-off spot or at a face-off spot in the zone from which the puck left the ice, whichever is less advantageous to the attacking team.

When the attacking team shoots the puck towards the opponent’s goal from inside the attacking zone and it hits the goal post or crossbar and goes out of play, the ensuing face-off shall take place at one of the end zone face-off spots in the attacking zone. When the same happens but the puck is shot towards the opponent’s goal from any other zone, the face-off shall take place at the nearest face-off spot in the zone from where the puck was shot. If, however, the attacking team shoots the puck into the zone and a delayed off-side is indicated, or if the attacking team contacts the puck with a high-stick or bats the puck with a glove and it then deflects off the goal post or crossbar and goes out of play, the ensuing face-off shall be in the neutral zone outside the offending team’s attacking zone.

87.1 Time-out - Each team shall be permitted to take one (1) thirty-second time- out during the course of any game, regular season or playoffs. All players in- cluding goalkeepers on the ice at the time of the time-out will be allowed to go to their respective benches.

No time-out shall be granted to the defensive team following an icing.

80.4, 81.4 & 81.5 are also supposed to have changes, but none were indicated (except 80.4 is missing).

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