QMJHL announces changes to the playing rules

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today announced several new changes to playing rules adopted at the League’s Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors in Montreal, Qc.

15.5 Face-off locations 
When a player is penalized, the ensuing face-off shall be conducted at one of the two face-off spots in the offending team’s end zone. The offensive team will have the choice of which end zone dot the face-off will take place. 

There are only three exceptions to this application:

  1. (i)  when a penalty is assessed after the scoring of a goal (face-off at center ice) 
  2. (ii)  when a penalty is assessed at the end (or start) of a period – face-off at center ice 
  3. (iii)  when the defending team is about to be penalized and the attacking players enter the attacking zone beyond the end zone face-off circle – face-off in the neutral zone (see Rule 76.1 paragraph 10). 


47.11 Fight During the Last Five Minutes of Regulation Time 
Following a body check by an opponent, a player who doesn’t show any intent to play the puck but rather skates towards an opponent in order to initiate a fight with the player that body checked his teammate will be assessed an instigator penalty or an unsportsmanlike conduct minor penalty whether the check was legal or deserving of a penalty.


81.4 Line change on icing 
When the offending team ices the puck, it will not be allowed to substitute players. On-ice players will be determined at the moment the puck leaves the offending player’s stick

When the offending team ices the puck from its defensive zone, the team is not allowed to substitute players. On-ice players will be determined at the moment when the puck leaves the offending player’s stick.


85.1 Puck out of bounds 
When the attacking team shoots the puck out of bounds from the attacking zone, the ensuing face-off will take place at one of the face-off spots in the attacking zone.

When the attacking team was responsible for the puck going out of play in the attacking zone, some exceptions were applied and as a result, the face-off was conducted at one of the face-off spots in the attacking zone: In all situations, the officials considered that the key words were “the shot is directed towards the goal” and not directly at the goal. As long as the shot was directed towards the goal, the ensuing face-off remained in the offensive zone. 

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