Playoffs, Banquet, & Rules
Good day JAHA!
A few updates for your Tuesday morning:
- PLAYOFF SCHEDULE: The final playoff schedule is posted at the rink and can also be found by clicking here. There were two changes from the original schedule published in January, those are marked with an asterisk (*) and highlighted in red text.
- BANQUET: The end-of-the-year JAHA banquet is scheduled for Friday, April 14, 2017. Times and more details will be announced as it gets closer.
- RULE CHANGES: To address playoff games running long and delaying the remaining games during the day, the board is proposing two major rule changes that affect overtime periods and shootouts. (A minor change to the rules was also made to clarify that overtime periods are 5 minutes with a running clock.) FIRST, during the overtime period, it is proposed that all penalties are assessed as a penalty shot for the non-penalized team in lieu of the penalized player being sent off the ice, unless the penalty involves a suspension – immediate and otherwise, which still must be served. SECOND, it is proposed that after all players on a team have had a shot attempt during a shootout, there are no restrictions on who shoots, meaning any player may take any number of consecutive shot attempts until a winner is declared. If you have any concerns about these two changes, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 16, 2017.
That’s all for today. All the tiers look to have some tight races for seeding coming into the last few games of the regular season. Should make for some exciting JAHA hockey!
Have fun out there and see you on the ice.
— Commissioner Soza
The document Proposed Rule Changes - Playoffs W2017 was attached to this post.