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As of January 15, 2021, the American Hockey League (AHL) Competition Committee has discussed and approved the following updates for the 2020-21 season.
The Committee recommends the elimination of both the Video Review requirement and the Goal Judge requirement for the 2020-21 season. On-Ice Officials hold sole responsibility for signaling a goal.
The Committee recommends the elimination of the View Review Assistant and both Goal Judges for the 2020-21 season only. The Committee agreed that one off-ice official may fill two positions but not at the expense of accuracy.
The Committee discussed the time on ice requirement and recommends the elimination of time on ice for the 2020-21 season to minimize the number of people in arenas.
The Committee discussed the current rule and recommends leaving the rule as-is for the 2020-21 season to accommodate those broadcasting games on television. The Committee recommends that there be no exception to the rule and that intermissions must fall between 15-18 minutes
The San Jose Barracuda will have 15-minute intermissions.
For the 2020-21 season only, the Committee recommends that the waiver deadline be moved from February 1 to April 15.
After discussion, the Committee recommends allowing any player on an NHL reserve list as of January 1st to be eligible to play in the AHL without requiring waivers. Therefore, the Committee recommends amending (a)(4)(B) of By-Law 26 for the 2020-21 season only so it reads as follows:
“to a player (regardless of age) who is on the reserve list of the member club’s NHL affiliate(s) and has continuously remained on an NHL reserve list since January 1st of the playing season in question.”
The Committee recommends no change to the Trade Deadline for the 2020-21 season, it will remain 7 days after the NHL Trade Deadline (April 19th, 2021).
The Committee recommends approval of all applicable NHL rule changes (housekeeping in nature) for the upcoming season, and approval of the NHL rule change to Rule 84.1 outlined below:
“A player is on-side when either of his skates are in contact with the blue line, or on his own side of the line, at the instant, the puck completely crosses the leading edge of the blue line. On his own side of the line shall be defined by a "plane" of the blue line which shall extend from the leading edge of the blue line upwards. If a player's skate has yet to break the "plane" prior to the puck completely crossing the leading edge, he is deemed to be on-side for the purpose of the off-side rule."