Dear MIHOA Members:
MIHOA attended the USA Hockey Annual Congress this past week alongside Missouri Hockey and the Missouri Amateur Ice Hockey Youth division representatives. Being a rule change year, the various group discussions centered on the many proposals that were put in front of the membership for ratification. While I do not have the entire summary available, here are three prominent rules that the USA Hockey Board of Directors approved for implementation:
The key reasons discussed to approve this change focused on puck possession and the development aspect of making plays. Also, many felt that allowing a team to ice the puck rewarded a team that was just penalized for an infraction.
This rule received almost unanimous approval due to the simplicity of managing the game.
This language change allows for a wider variety of poor behavior to be penalized with a game misconduct where racial/ethnic slur was more specific.
MIHOA seminar instructors will be working with USA Hockey to incorporate these and any other rule changes into the fall seminar curriculum. We will also be reaching out to the coaches to schedule time in their seminars to discuss our Zero Tolerance Initiative along with information regarding these new rules.
Lastly, due to the loss of Hardee’s Iceplex, we have been working diligently to establish our seminar dates and locations. Please visit the MIHOA website as this information has been posted and you are now able to plan ahead.
I sincerely hope your summer is an enjoyable one.