The Rapid Solicitors Elite League will introduce a couple of rule changes, which were implemented by the IIHF at their annual Congress this summer.
Hybrid icing will now be used in all matches instead of touch icing. In summary, play is stopped immediately if the player on the opposing team reaches the face-off dot first, instead of skating all the way across the goalline to touch the puck. This type of icing is intended to reduce the number of collisions along the boards during touch icing, but still allowing the team that iced the puck to get to it first to wave off the icing.
In instances where the puck is shot around the end boards, travels down the ice and comes out the other end, the linesman has to determine who would have touched the puck first. If it’s the defending player, he calls an automatic icing but if it’s the attacking player he lets the play continue.
The new icing rule will be in force from the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Referee, Mike Hicks, said: “Hybrid icing has been discussed for a while now and it is a good thing for the Elite League that it has now been implemented. I’m sure many of the UK fans have been watching the NHL and noticed that the touch icing was replaced last season with hybrid icing. It is a great move forwards in player safety. It keeps the excitement and the game-flow going – and creates and forces the teams to race for the puck on potential icing situations. However, the linesmen now need to make a judgement call as to who would win the race to the puck by the hash marks.This reduces any potential injury situations with players racing the length of the ice and injuring themselves on the end boards.”
For a more detailed explanation of hybrid icing, click this link www.youtube.com/watch?v=won154-7s5k&feature=youtu.be
The size of the end zones will be increased by one-and-a-half metres to bring the Elite League in line with the IIHF rule change. The bluelines will now be 22.86 metres from the end of the rink.
All clubs need to have this in place by the 2015-16 season, while a number of clubs will implement this for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign. This includes Nottingham’s National Ice Centre, the venue for playoff finals weekend.
Elite League chairman, Tony Smith, said: “We felt it was important for us to follow the IIHF proposals. The top leagues in the world will be implementing this and so should we. It should be of benefit to the GB national team as well. Any tournament they play will now have these end zone sizes and it is important they play all season long with the same size.”
With the school summer holidays starting and forecasters predicting a heat wave, what better way for you and/or you kids to cool off from the summer sun than a skating session or Skate UK course!
For the little ones
Skate UK Tots is for under 5s who want to take part in a fun and structured six week ice skating course. No matter what their skating ability is, our Skate UK Tots summer course designed for youngsters can help them get comfortable and progress on the ice. Our NISA Qualified Coaches will take your little ones from learning to stand on the ice to fully fledged skaters! Skate UK Tots has four levels to progress through. Each of the six week courses will cost £35 and take place on Sunday 8.15-8.45am, the next course starts on Sunday 10 August 2014. So, whether you have some bored kids on your hands this summer or you want them to experience the fun of ice skating, this is the perfect activity for them!
This summer we also have Parent & Toddlers Sessions, details can be found here.
For those wanting to learn something new this summer
Skate UK courses for children and adults will begin week commencing 4 August 2014. Click here for all the details!
For everyone else
We’ll have skating sessions every day of the week throughout the summer! Take a break from the heat wave, chill out and get your skates on!
All Skate UK courses and sessions can be booked by calling 0843 373 3000 or pop in and book in person at Ticketing and Customer Services, National Ice Centre, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.
If you’ve come to skate over the past few weeks you will have noticed that the Public Skating Rink has been closed for ice maintenance, and building works have been taking place.
We’re excited to announce that the Public Skating Rink will be back in action tonight for the 7:30pm Disco Public Skating session! Come on down and skate on brand new fresh ice!
The National Ice Centre would like to thank you for bearing with us during the building works and ice maintenance.
The Public Skating Rink has been closed for the past two weeks for ice maintenance. The team removed the ice and carried out essential work on the pipes under the rink and new ice was installed and painted. Check out all the photos here.
The building works at the National Ice Centre’s Public Skating (Olympic) Rink will finish next week, thanks so much for bearing with us!
As well as the building works, the Public Skating (Olympic) Rink has been closed for the past two weeks for ice maintenance. So far, the team have removed the ice and carried out essential work on the pipes under the rink. New ice will be installed and painted early next week.
Due to these works, all skating will remain in the Arena rink until 19 July. Until then, all skating sessions including Parent and Toddler sessions and Disability Inclusion sessions are signposted and rink assistants are on hand should you have any questions or need directions.
The Public Skating Rink will be back in use from Saturday 19 July.
If you have any questions on the Summer building works or temporary closure of the Public Skating rink please tweet us (www.twitter.com/nat_ice_centre) using the hashtag #NICSummerWorks, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0843 373 3000 to speak to one of our advisors or pop in and see us!