Just off the Las Vegas strip, the NHL’s board of governors took time off to approve two rule changes as well as the sale of the Toronto Maple Leafs at its annual June meeting.
A day before the annual awards night, the NHL board of governors gathered in Las Vegas on Tuesday to deal with some end of the season matters.
Last fall, the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan sold their 79.5 per cent share of the Maple Leafs for $1.32-billion to a partnership comprised of Rogers Communications and BCE, Inc. That sale finally has been finalized and the league has approved the restructuring of the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment ownership group. MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum owns the other 20.5 per cent.
The NHL board of governors also decided to endorse two rule changes.
- 67.2 now reads “any time a player places his hand over the puck while it is on the ice in order to conceal it from or prevent an opponent from playing the puck, a minor penalty shall be assessed for closing his hand on the puck.When this is done in his own team's goal crease area, a penalty shot shall be assessed (67.4) or a goal awarded (67.5). A minor penalty shall be imposed on a player who, while play is in progress, picks up the puck off the ice with his hand.
- Rule 76.4: Both players facing-off are prohibited from batting the puck with their hand in an attempt to win the face-off. Any attempt by either center to win the face-off by batting the puck with their hand shall result in a minor penalty. This penalty shall be announced as a minor penalty for delay of game. Once the face-off is deemed complete, and the winner of the face-off is clear, hand passes shall be enforced as per Rule 79.