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Two-Point Goal Experiment

August 22, 2019, 7:01 PM ET [14 Comments]
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Tonight and tomorrow in Glens Falls, NY, there will be interesting experiment taking place during the Aurora Games: the adaptation of a "two-point" goal; which is exactly what it sounds like. Below are the instructions for the officials.

The two-point goal: Tonight with "no line" marking on the ice, use an imaginary line drawn across the top of the faceoff circles in each attack zone. Explain this to both teams. Prior to the game tonight, go visit the teams before the game before the warm-up; one referee and one linesman to each team room.

Tomorrow, we are told that the "LINE" will be added to the ice surface across the top of the circles.

Rules for the two-point goal: At any point in the game, when a puck is legally propelled toward the net from behind the "LINE" and that puck legally enters the net, that "GOAL" shall count for 2 points on the scorboard for that team that shot that puck.

The puck may be legally redirected or deflected by any player below the line, opponent or controlling team, as long as the original energy that propels the puck come from the shooter who is behind the "LINE."

Rebounds, below the line will count for 1 point on the board. It is left to the judgment of all or any of the four Officials on the ice to determine that the puck was shot from behind the line and that it entered the net directly or was legally deflected or directed into the net.

Importantly, it must be judged that the puck was still energized by the original the original shooter from behind the shooting line.


A 2018 inductee into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame, Paul Stewart holds the distinction of being the first U.S.-born citizen to make it to the NHL as both a player and referee. On March 15, 2003, he became the first American-born referee to officiate in 1,000 NHL games.

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