The Vegreville Rangers will get their first look at life without being able to ice the puck consequence free tonight when they welcome the Killam Wheat Kings to town for their first preseason contest of the year ...
Coaches in the Northeastern Alberta Junior Hockey League have been preaching the importance of ‘puck management’ during their falls camps thanks to a new rule that will take effect this season.
Much like in the NHL, No Change Icing, will be incorporated into all Junior ‘B’ Leagues in Alberta for the 2017-18 Season – meaning teams that ice the puck will not be permitted to make any player substitutions prior to ensuing face-off.
N.E.A.J.H.L. President Mark Hines, who’s entering his first year in that position, says he anticipates a few scoring opportunities to come along with some tired legs.
Hines says it’s not just the players and coaches who will have to contend with the new rule but also the officials who will be tasked to properly enforce it.
The Vegreville Rangers will get their first crack to contend with the new rule tonight during their first pre-season game of the year when the Killam Wheat Kings come to town.
Game time at the Vegreville Rec. Center Arena is 7:30.