NHL Rule Book

2019-20 NHL Rulebook

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Rule changes for 2019-20:

  • Expansion of Coach Challenges to allow challenge of situations where play should have been stopped, including pucks in the netting, pucks played with high sticks, and hand passes.
  • Coach’s Challenges no longer require a timeout. Any failed challenges result in a delay of game penalty – 2:00 for the first failed challenge and 4:00 for subsequent failed challenges.
  • Referees can review major/match penalty calls and high-sticking double-minors.
  • Players who have lost their helmets must retrieve and replace or head directly to the players’ bench for a change.

More details on rule changes for 2019-20.


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