Minor League Hockey Report has received word from the Central Hockey League front office, that the league has approved changes to the overtime period and fighting rules.
The overtime period will stay a five minute period, but will be played three on three. Penalties will continue to be half the normal time of a penalty (IE: A two minute minor is one minute in overtime). If a penalty is assessed during the overtime, play will be four on three. If a second infraction is called against the same team, it will be five on three. After the five minute overtime, play will move to the shootout. The shootout will stay the same as in the last few years.
The second rule change made known to us will be if a player receives two majors for fighting, they will be given an automatic game misconduct. However, if a player has already had a fighting major, and is brought into a fight by a player who instigates, the original player will not be assessed a game misconduct for his second fight. In addition, any player who receives three majors within a game will be automatically given a game misconduct. The three majors can be of any nature in form.
All information regarding salary caps, veteran rules, and the playoff format was discussed, however, rules will not go into place until the PHPA and collective bargaining agreement are agreed upon. So, therefore, we were not made aware of what was talked about or agreed upon. The consensus during the live podcast and in talking with delegates was that the number of teams who make the playoffs are reduced.
Here is our wrap-up of the meetings and explanation of the rule changes.
When all things are made aware, you will hear it from Minor League Hockey Report.
Wednesday night also included the awards dinner and banquet. The Central Hockey League was gracious enough to allow us to attend the banquet. We live tweeted the event and if you missed those announcements, here is a recap of the awards.
The Missouri Mavericks started things off by taking home five awards.
CHL Merchandising Franchise of the Year
CHL Social Media Franchise of the Year
CHL Corporate Partnership Team of the Year
CHL Group Sales Franchise of the Year
CHL Ticket Sales Franchise of the Year
Here is the rest of the awards handed out.
Rookie of the Year/Rising Star: Mark Binetti of Rapid City
Broadcaster of the Year: Rob Loeber of Tulsa
Communications Executive of the Year: Tommy Daniels of Allen
Most Improved Franchise of the Year: Quad City Mallards
Corporate Sales Executive of the Year: Matt Brokaw of Wichita
Central Hockey League Hall of Fame: Travis Clayton and Brad Lund
League Spirit Award: Jason Mals of Wichita
Peer Excellence Award: Amy Henderson of Tulsa
Community Relations Award: Allen Americans
Game Operations: Allen Americans
Most Unique Promotion: Arizona Sundogs
Rick Kozuback Award: Taylor Hall of Tulsa
Brad Treliving Executive of the Year: Bob McNamara of Quad City
The last award of the night was handed out to the franchise of the year, the Missouri Mavericks.
All of us from Minor League Hockey Report would like to extend a hearty congratulations to all winners. We also want to thank Steve Ryan, Bob Hoffman, and Jim Wiley for making it possible for us to cover the awards. This was a thrill to be a part of, and hope it brought you, the fans, closer to what really happens at the meetings.