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USA Hockey Rule Changes 2017-2018

By Admin, 09/24/17, 11:30AM MDT


At USA Hockey's Annual Congress, several rule changes were voted into effect that will be implemented in the 2017-2018 season.

The significant changes include:

601(e.2) Abuse of Officials and Other Misconduct - Changes language for racial/ethnic slur to include any language that is
“offensive, hateful or discriminatory in nature”.

612(b) Face-Off Locations - All face-offs must be conducted at one of the nine designated face-off spots.

624(b) Icing the Puck - Eliminate the ability of a shorthanded team to legally ice the puck for 14U
age classifications and below.

The other rule changes mostly clarify/further define existing language and rules. The full list (Youth Edition) can be found here:


The below provides some of USA Hockey's rationale for changing the shorthanded icing rule: