While hockey is still the same game, there are a few rule changes when you go from the NHL to the Olympics/IIHF. Read up on some of the differences between the two:
|Ice Size||200′ x 85′||200′ x 98′|
|Goal Distance from Boards||11′||13′|
|Icing||Hybrid – Linesman judgement based on leading skater||No Touch – Whistle blows when puck crosses goal line|
|Overtime||4-on-4 for five minutes||4-on-4 for five minutes.
In playoff game, 4-on-4 for ten minutes.
In gold medal game, 4-on-4 for twenty minutes.
|Faceoffs||Visiting player’s stick down first||Attacking player’s stick down first|
|Rosters||18 skaters, two goalies||20 skaters, two goalies|
|Trapezoid||Goaltender may only play puck above goal line or within trapezoid||No restriction on where goaltender plays puck.|
|Goalie Equipment||Size restrictions based on size of goaltender||No restriction on size of equipment|
|Helmets||Players permitted to play without helmet if knocked off during play. Must be replaced at next stoppage.||Players must return to bench immediately if helmet lost during play.|
|Head Shots||Anywhere from minor penalty to major/game misconduct.||Minor penalty includes mandatory 10-minute misconduct. Major penalty includes a game misconduct.|
|Fighting||Five-minute major penalty||Five-minute major penalty plus match penalty; player is tossed from the game.|
|Penalty Shots||Fouled player must take the shot||Any player on the team eligible to take the shot|
|Goalie Crease||Players may be allowed in the crease provided they do not interfere with goaltender’s ability to make a save.||Play will be stopped if attacking player is in the creaase. Faceoff will come outside the zone.|
Additionally, women’s Olympic hockey is a no-checking sport, so watch for the occasional penalty for a Body Check.