Hybrid icing will now be used in all SNL matches for the upcoming season. In summary, play is stopped immediately if the player on the opposing team reaches the face-off dot first, instead of skating all the way across the goal line to touch the puck.
This type of icing is intended to reduce the number of collisions along the boards during touch icing, but still allowing the team that iced the puck to get to it first to wave off the icing.
In instances where the puck is shot around the end boards, travels down the ice and comes out the other end, the linesman has to determine who would have touched the puck first.
If it’s the defending player, he calls an automatic icing but if it’s the attacking player he lets the play continue.
The new icing rule will be in force from the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Chief Rferee, Graham Clark, said: “Hybrid icing has been discussed for a while now and it is a good thing for the Scottish National League that it has now been implemented.
“It is a great move forward in player safety. It keeps the excitement and the game-flow going – and creates and forces the teams to race for the puck on potential icing situations.
However, the linesmen now need to make a judgment call as to who would win the race to the puck by the hash marks.
This reduces any potential injury situations with players racing the length of the ice and injuring themselves on the end boards.”
Rule 65—ICING THE PUCK/HYBRID
i. Should a player of a team equal or superior in numerical strength propel the puck in any manner (stick, glove, skate, body) from his own half of the ice to beyond the icing line of the opposing team—including off the boards or the protective glass—without the puck being touched by any skater from either team in the offensive half of the ice, an icing will be in effect.
ii. There are two decisions a linesman must make under hybrid icing rules. First, he must determine that the shot from a player’s own side of centre ice will cross the icing line in the attacking zone. Second, he must determine whether a defending player or attacking player would be first to touch the puck.
iii. This second decision must be made no later than the instant the first of the players reaches the end zone faceoff dots, although the decision can be made earlier. The skates of the skaters are the determining factor.
iv. Should the puck be shot or propelled in such a way that it travels around the boards and slides back towards centre ice, the linesman will determine which player would touch the puck first. In this instance, the determining factor is not the end zone faceoff spots but the puck itself.
v. If there is no “race” for the puck, icing will be called as soon as the puck crosses the icing line.
vi. If the race for the puck is too close to determine which player from which team would touch the puck first, icing will be called.
vii. During an icing situation where play has been stopped, there must be strict enforcement of rules regarding avoidable contact.
viii. During an icing situation where the icing has been cancelled because an attacking player has gained positional advantage, players must compete within the rules pertaining to physical contact.
Rule 66—ICING THE PUCK/GAME SPECIFICS See also Rule 204—Icing and the goaltender
i. For the purposes of icing, the entire centre red line is part of the offensive half of the ice. Once a skater has “gained the line,” he may shoot the puck the rest of the way down the ice without incurring an icing charge.
ii. To “gain the line,” a player must make contact with the centre red line with the puck on his stick (not skate).
ii. Only a team that is playing short-handed (i.e., has fewer skaters on ice than its opponent) is allowed to shoot the puck from its own side of centre ice to beyond its opponent’s icing line without incurring an icing call.
iv. Whether a team is short-handed or not is decided by the number of skaters on ice at the time the puck leaves the player’s stick. If the penalty box attendant has opened the door at the expiration of a penalty, but the player has not physically stepped onto the ice, he will be considered on the ice as far as interpretation of icing is concerned.
v. A team is not considered short-handed if the number of players on ice is fewer than allowed but that number is not the result of penalties.
vi. If the puck hits an on-ice official on its way down the ice, the icing will still be in effect. If, by virtue of hitting an on-ice official, the puck slows down and does not cross the icing line, the icing will be nullified.
vii. After an icing call, the ensuing faceoff will take place at the end zone faceoff spot of the offending team nearest to where the player shooting or directing the puck last touched it.
viii. If the linesmen have erred in calling an icing, the ensuing faceoff will take place at the centre-ice faceoff spot.
ix. If any of the following situations occur, icing will not be called: 1. If the puck is iced directly by a skater participating in a faceoff; 2. If, in opinion of the linesman, any skater from the opposition, except the goaltender, is able to play the puck before it crosses the icing line (including skaters who slow down to ensure the puck crosses the icing line or who pretend to skate fast but don’t make a genuine effort to get to the puck before it crosses the icing line); 3. If a player making a line change ignores the puck to go to the bench instead of playing the puck, whether to avoid a penalty for too many men or any other reason; 4. If the puck touches any part of an opponent’s body or equipment any time from when it is shot to when it crosses the icing line; 5. If a goaltender leaves his goal crease during an icing play or is outside his goal crease and moves in the direction of the puck; 6. If the puck hits the goal frame and crosses the icing line.