Canadian Hockey League Institutes New Rules

By League Press Release

The Canadian Hockey League announced today that the automatic icing rule
will be utilized in all CHL games commencing with the 2002-2003 playing

The Canadian Hockey League has adopted automatic icing as an extension to
the current fast face-off rule relative to style of play, and more
importantly, to hopefully reduce the potential of injury.

In addition, the CHL has also adopted a rule which will see an automatic
game misconduct assessed to any player who receives a major penalty for
either charging or elbowing, with particular emphasis being placed on any
blow to the head area.

Both rules will be effective commencing with the 2002-2003 Canadian Hockey
League Exhibition Schedule of games.

The Canadian Hockey League is the largest hockey league in the world,
comprised of the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League and the
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with 55 franchises located throughout
North America.