Hybrid icing, video review comes to AHL

2012-06-29T01:35:00Z 2012-06-30T22:04:38Z Hybrid icing, video review comes to AHLStaff report Glens Falls Post-Star
June 29, 2012 1:35 am  • 

The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors Annual Meeting concluded Thursday and with it came rule changes as well as a new alignment in the Western Conference.

The conclusion of the four-days of meetings this week at Hilton Head Island, S.C., also came with an announcement that the board approved the use of a video goal-review system this season.

There was also a variation approved to icing at the request of the NHL. It will be in effect until Nov. 19. At that time the board will decide whether to continue with it going forward.

-- Rule 81 (“Icing”) in the event of a potential icing violation, complete the play should a defending player be the first to reach the end zone face-off dots and provided the puck has crossed the goal line at that point.

According to an AHL press release, other rule changes include:

-- Rule 67.2 (“Handling the Puck”) now calls for a minor penalty “any time a player places his hand over the puck while it is on the ice in order to conceal it from or prevent an opponent from playing the puck”.

-- Rule 76.4 (“Face-offs”) states that “both players facing off are prohibited from batting the puck with their hand in an attempt to win the face-off.” Violation of this rule will result in a minor penalty for delay of game.

As for realignment, Abbotsford moves from the West Division to the North Division. Grand Rapids, in the North Division last season, joins the Midwest Division. Charlotte moves to the South Division, formerly the West Division. The Checkers played in the Midwest Division last year.

The regular-season schedule format and Calder Cup Playoffs format are still to be determined, and the complete playing schedule for the 2012-13 regular season, which begins Oct. 12, will be announced later this summer.

Alignment for 2012-13

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

Manchester Monarchs (LA)

Portland Pirates (PHX)

Providence Bruins (BOS)

St. John’s IceCaps (WPG)

Worcester Sharks (SJ)

Northeast Division

Adirondack Phantoms (PHI)

Albany Devils (NJ)

Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NYI)

Connecticut Whale (NYR)

Springfield Falcons (CBJ)

East Division

Binghamton Senators (OTT)

Hershey Bears (WSH)

Norfolk Admirals (ANA)

Syracuse Crunch (TB)

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (PIT)

Western Conference

North Division

Abbotsford Heat* (CGY)

Hamilton Bulldogs (MTL)

Lake Erie Monsters (COL)

Rochester Americans (BUF)

Toronto Marlies (TOR)

Midwest Division

Chicago Wolves (VAN)

Grand Rapids Griffins* (DET)

Milwaukee Admirals (NSH)

Peoria Rivermen (STL)

Rockford IceHogs (CHI)

South Division

Charlotte Checkers* (CAR)

Houston Aeros (MIN)

Oklahoma City Barons (EDM)

San Antonio Rampage (FLA)

Texas Stars (DAL)

* Designates division change

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