By Chris Wescott, on 06/27/2012

The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors has concluded their 2012 Annual Meeting, held this week at Hilton Head Island, S.C. The meeting resulted in a change to the divisional alignment for the 2012-13 AHL season and additional rule changes.

The Oklahoma City Barons will play in the South Division of the Western Conference. The Barons division rivals will include the Charlotte Checkers, Houston Aeros, San Antonio Rampage and Texas Stars.

The board also approved the use of a video goal-review system for AHL games beginning this season.
The AHL has adopted the following rule changes recently approved for use in the National Hockey League:

Rule 67.2 (“Handling the Puck”) now calls for a minor penalty “any time a player places his hand over the puck while it is on the ice in order to conceal it from or prevent an opponent from playing the puck”.

Rule 76.4 (“Face-offs”) states that “both players facing off are prohibited from batting the puck with their hand in an attempt to win the face-off.” Violation of this rule will result in a minor penalty for delay of game.

• The Board has also approved a test of a variation on Rule 81 (“Icing”) at the request of the National Hockey League, that will, in the event of a potential icing violation, complete the play should a defending player be the first to reach the end zone face-off dots and provided the puck has crossed the goal line at that point. This rule will be in effect until Nov. 19, 2012, at which time its continued use will be determined by the Board. This was the only rules test approved.
To read more of the changes to the rule book, visit The Barons open the 2012-13 season on October 19. For ticket information, call 405-232-GOAL.

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