NHL rules changes crack down on diving
NEW YORK (AP) — Repeat offenders for diving and their coaches will face increasingly steeper fines as part of a series of rule changes announced by the NHL.
Starting with players’ fourth diving offenses, coaches will begin getting fined, too. Other rules changes announced by the league on Thursday focus on overtime, shootouts, penalties, video review, faceoffs and the trapezoid behind the net.
In shootouts, coaches no longer have to submit a list of their first three shooters. Players are also no longer able to do a “spin-o-rama” on penalty shots or in a shootout. In an effort to cut down on shootouts, there will be a dry scrape of the ice before overtime, something that was previously done before shootouts.
Teams will also change ends in overtime to make line changes from the defensive zone harder.
The trapezoid behind the net in which goaltenders can touch the puck will be expanded by two feet, something the NHL Players’ Association recommended to make it safer for defensemen.