Swiss Ice Hockey

Swiss Ice Hockey announced several changes at their pre-season conference today, some of them are adjustments to rules.


Besides the know changes in the administrative board, the CHF 11,000.- profit during the fiscal year 2017/2018, the announcement the organizing committee for the World Championship 2020 and a look back to the past season, there were changes to some rules.

IIHF rule 96 (goals with the skate) was changed so that it is not just based on a possible kicking motion if a goal is disallowed, but on the intent of redirecting the puck to score. IIHF rule 167 (tripping) now also assesses a minor penalty if a player lunges on the ice and knocks the puck away from an opponent's stick first but still causes them to fall. However, there will be no penalty shot in such a situation. IIHF rule 176 (penalty-shot procedure) now states that any player on the executing team can be selected to take the shot.

There also were some interpretation-changes made for other rules. You can check out the details in the link at the end of the article.

The bonus-system for women's national team players has been adjusted to the men's one, only differing in the distribution formula. Players will get a larger amount the more games they have played for the national team, ranging from CHF 50.- to CHF 650.- for each camp they attend.

From now on, promotion from the MySports - to the Swiss League is possible. Either the champion or the runner-up have the chance to do so, but infrastructural and financial criteria have to be fulfilled. Based on this, there could also be a team relegated at the end of the 2019-2020 season.

Some changes in the structures of the Regio League and the SWHL as well as in the staff of the national team program were also spoken about. You can find all the details (in German) here.

Last Update: 13 September 2018, 04:34 PM | esi*

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