Coach's challenge at Olympics

IIHF to review options to allow challenges

02.10.2017
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Coaches will be able to request that certain officiating decisions, such as goals scored on a missed offside play, be reviewed via video at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Photo: Andre Ringuette / HHOF-IIHF Images

The International Ice Hockey Federation has reached an agreement in principle with the participating teams of the Olympic men’s and women’s ice hockey tournaments to include a coach’s challenge system.

“We will have consultations with the leagues that are currently utilizing the coach’s challenge system and will look at the best possible method of implementation,” said Fasel. “We are also aiming to test out a system during the international breaks in the leadup to the Games.”

The proposal was introduced last Friday on the final day of the IIHF Semi-Annual Congress.

During an open discussion on the latest IIHF rule proposals, President René Fasel asked for feedback on the possibility of using a coach’s challenge on selected officiating decisions during the Games, such as when a goal is scored on a missed offside or goalie interference call.

Countries including Canada, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, and Russia came out in support of the decision, which prompted the IIHF to agree to initiate an examination into the technical and logistical possibilities of integrating a coach’s challenge option at PyeongChang 2018.

Further details are still to be confirmed and will be announced at a later date. 

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