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Playing Rules Proposals in Review Process

By Minnesota Hockey, 03/01/21, 9:30AM CST


The USA Hockey Playing Rules Committee has publicly posted a summary of all rule change proposals for the 2021-2025 rulebook.

USA Hockey now uses a four-year cycle for rule changes, with this being a rule change year. USA Hockey members had until November 1, 2020 to submit rule change proposals. Since then, the Playing Rules Committee has reviewed, discussed and made early recommendations for all submitted proposals.

All proposals are now available for review by USA Hockey board members, affiliate leaders and participants.

The final stage of the rule change process will occur at the 2021 USA Hockey Annual Congress, where the Playing Rules Committee will host an open forum where all USA Hockey members have a chance to voice their opinion on each proposal. At this time, the Playing Rules Committee will also make their final recommendations to the USA Hockey Board of Directors for their official vote to "accept" or "decline" each proposal during their annual meeting.

The USA Hockey Board of Directors will then vote on the proposals during their annual meeting on Sunday, June 13. The proposals that are accepted, will be incorporated into the Official Playing Rules and will be in effect for the 2021-22 through the 2024-25 seasons.

A summary, as well as a detailed report, on each rule change proposal is available here.



  • Left column: displays current rule language.
  • Right column: displays current rule language with proposed edits.
  • Rationale: provides explanation of Playing Rule Committee's recommendation to "Approve" or "Defeat" (see below).
  • Committee Recommendation: provides current recommendation by Playing Rule Committee for vote to "Approve" or "Defeat" by the USA Hockey Board of Directors.
  • Housekeeping Proposals: propose minor edits to language to correct spelling/grammar or to clarify current language, but do not change the actual playing rule itself.

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