2015-2016 Mid-Season Rule Change

Hello everyone! I want to first wish you Happy Holidays and an early Happy New Year! Please enjoy yourself, be safe, and I want to see you all back in action come January!

During the break in our season this year, the NESHL’s Board has decided to update two of our League Rules. Typically we do not make rule changes during our season but for these we felt they were important enough to act on. The NESHL Rules on our website are now updated and available for download. Please make sure you review them before your next NESHL game as these changes are for all teams and divisions.

First, we removed NESHL Rule 8.16 which covered Hits above a players shoulder (high hits, checks to the head, etc. We removed it as the penalty it assessed was one which was less than USA Hockey assesses. (They assess a Minor and Misconduct at a minimum and we only assessed a Minor.) We recognize this as a very serious offense and it should be penalized accordingly. With the removal of this rule it will default our league to USA Hockey Rule 620, Head Contact, and Referee’s will now assess at least a Minor and Misconduct to any player caught hitting another above the shoulders.

In case you were interested in what USA Hockey Rule 620 is it reads as follows:

  1. A minor plus a misconduct or major plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who contacts an opponent in the head, face or neck, including with the stick or any part of the player’s body or equipment.
  2. A major plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who injures an opponent as a result of head contact or who intentionally or recklessly contacts an opponent in the head, face or neck.
  3. A match penalty for attempt to injure or deliberate injury to an opponent may also be assessed for head contact.

The second change updated Rule 4.6, Penalty Times. We added Misconduct and the time assessed as 6.5 minutes. This was missing from our Rules.

If you have any additional questions regarding these Rule changes please see your Team’s Board Representative for assistance.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

Mike Ciavarro
Commissioner, NESHL