NHL, NHLPA announce further COVID-19 protocols and one rule change – The Denver Post
The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Tuesday announced medical protocols and other COVID-10 safety guidelines along with an adjustment to the offside rule.
In the past, an attacking player’s skate must be behind the blue line or his skate touching the blue line before the puck enters the offensive zone. Now, his skate can hover over the blueline and he will not be ruled offside.
The COVID-19 protocols for home and traveling teams are generally what the general public is being asked to do. A few of the players-only rules:
— Coaches will be required to wear face coverings on the bench (they were not required at the playoff bubbles in Edmonton and Toronto).
— If a player tests positive for COVID-19, he is named (previously he was anonymous).
— A player’s family can be in the building starting with the beginning of the season (in most cities, fans will not be allowed at first.)
— Visiting teams cannot practice at third-party rinks. Since the Avalanche does not own Family Sports Center, visiting teams apparently would have to practice at Ball Arena (formerly Pepsi Center) — which is usually the case.