The ice surface is intended only for players and on-ice officials. Any objects on the ice that are not directly related to them or their equipment, or the puck, are strictly forbidden. Any damage to the playing facilities by any means will result in the immediate stoppage of game action. Play will not resume until the ice is clear of these objects and the playing area ready for game action.
If during the course of an EBEL/AHL game, the ice is littered with objects from the fans, (coins, lighters, plastic bottles, etc.) the Game Officials will not be picking any of the objects off the ice.
In the event that objects are thrown on the ice that interferes with the progress of the game, the Referee shall blow the whistle and stop the play. The puck shall be faced-off at a face-off spot in the zone nearest to the spot where play is stopped.
When objects are thrown on the ice during a stoppage in play and there are multiple amounts of debris on the ice surface, the game will be stopped. All game participants will exit the ice to their respective dressing rooms and a full ice clean will commence. The Zamboni operator must be prepared to dry scrape the ice surface immediately, with no delay. Game participants must be prepared to resume play within 2 minutes (or sooner) of the ice surface being cleaned.
It will be the responsibility of the home team to have people ready to enter the ice to clean up the debris. In addition; shovels, brooms and ice scrapers should be available for immediate use.
During the 1st delay a warning is given. The Game Officials shall announce over the public address system that any further occurrences will result in a 2 minute bench minor penalty assessed to the home team.
If during the course of a game, multiple debris is thrown on the ice where the game is delayed a 2nd time, following the delay, the home team will assessed a 2 minute bench minor penalty.