The Champions Hockey League instituted a handful of rule changes prior to the start of the 2023-24 season, all aimed at increasing scoring. Nearly 50 games into the season, it looks like those modifications are paying off as intended.
- Penalties are still assessed when a goal is scored on a delayed penalty
- Minor penalties are served for the full two minutes
- Shorthanded goals end a minor penalty
“The implementation of the new on-ice rules during the first four game days was smooth and has already an impact. In average, 0.4 goals more were scored compared to last season which leads to the assumption that the new rules enhance the scoring opportunities.”“Additionally, a shorthanded goal has been scored in every fourth game which is twice as much as in 2022-23. Consequently, penalty-killing has become more attractive due to the fact that teams take more risk as they get an additional incentive if they score shorthanded.”“Of course, this analysis is only a snapshot after 48 games played, but after the first experiences we are very positive that the new on-ice rules are changing the game in an exciting way. Also, the feedback received so far underlines that the changes have been the right decision.”
“You can look at the new rules two ways,” said Belfast Giants head coach Adam Keefe. “Penalties can always cause you problems, especially in the CHL, but with the new rules you could find yourselves a couple of goals down if you’re not careful.”
“On the flip side, we can also look at it in that we could get ourselves up by a few in games if we take our chances.”