By: Mallards Communications Staff
Photo: Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards

Central Hockey League Commissioner Steve Ryan, upon the conclusion of the CHL’s Annual Meetings in Chandler, Arizona last week, has announced an adjustment to the overtime procedure for the 2014-15 season and has announced a rule change relative to fighting major penalties. 

While overtime will remain five minutes in length, teams will now play 3-on-3 for the duration of the overtime period.  The league consensus was that 3-on-3 would add enthusiasm and excitement to the fan experience en route to a definitive winner.  Should a penalty occur, teams will skate 4-on-3 or, if two penalties are assessed to the same team, 5-on-3.  If the game is still tied after overtime, the shootout process will remain the same as last season. 
“Upon recommendations by the coaches of the CHL, we are excited to move forward with the hybrid change to overtime,” said Jim Wiley, CHL Director of Hockey Operations.  “Fans will be thrilled to see the talent on the open ice and with as many chances as a 3-on-3 session will present, more winning results should be the outcome.”
Additionally, it was unanimously approved that a game misconduct penalty will be assessed to any player who receives two fighting majors in the same game.  Should a second major be the result of a player’s opponent receiving an instigator penalty, the game misconduct penalty will not apply.
“This adjustment falls in line with continued efforts by professional hockey leagues to maximize and improve player safety,” said Wiley.  
The CHL’s regular season begins on Friday, October 24, 2021 and the playing schedule will be unveiled in the near future.

October 24 @ 7:00 PM
Quad City Mallards   Rapid City Rush
October 25 @ 7:00 PM
Quad City Mallards   Rapid City Rush
October 31 @ 7:00 PM
Quad City Mallards   Brampton Beast
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