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NHL implements several key rule changes for the upcoming 2023-24 season

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

The NHL has officially implemented several new rule changes for the upcoming 2023-24 season. Some of these rules will severely impact the game. We've listed these rule changes below.

Offsides see a big change

"If, during a delayed off-side, an attacking player in the attacking zone chooses to proceed to his players' bench (which extends into the attacking zone) to be replaced by a teammate, he shall be considered to have cleared the zone when both skates are off the ice, and the Linesperson judges him to have left the playing surface."

Coaches challenge changes

The rulebook now states that if the puck exits the play without officials noticing, it's eligible for a coaches challenge, regardless of which team sent the puck out of play.

Updates to helmet rules during warmups

Changes to who is allowed to not wear a helmet during warmup have been made for the upcoming season. Previously, it was only a suggestion for players to wear a helmet during warmup.

Now, if a player entered the league after 2019, they are required to wear a helmet during warmup.

Illegal Stick penalties more likely to be called