Fundamental RulesHOT


  1. The obligations of referees are governed by the EBEL Organization in cooperation with the National Federations.

  2. The referee team for each AHL season is to be nominated by the EBEL Referee Committee in co-operation with the National Federations prior to the start of the season.

  3. Referees are to be assigned by the EBEL/AHL responsible assignors in co-operation with the National Federations Referee-in-Chief (RIC). In case of disagreement between the EBEL/AHL assignors and the National Federations RIC’s the Chairman of the AHL Referee Committee has the final decision.

  4. The rules of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) shall apply in this context in its relevant version, with eventual additions by AHL.

  5. Referees are required to submit all reports and notifications by fax or e-mail to the EBEL Office and the clubs involved in those notifications by 12:00 noon on the day following the game. Those notified by the referee have the right to submit their comment by telefax or email. This comment must arrive at the EBEL Office by 15:00 noon on the day following the game. 

  6. The referees assigned to a game must be provided with a secured parking space in the vicinity of the respective ice arena.

  7. Assigned referees are required to arrive at the ice arena at least one hour prior to the opening face-off. 

  8. Assigned referees cannot be rejected, selected or have a club opinion decision. Referee assignment is the sole right of the AHL Referee Committee.

  9. The AHL clubs have to provide the Referees with the following items prior, during and after the game:

    • Location preferably away from clubs dressing rooms.

    • Shower stall, toilet, sink...

    • 4 Towels for showering

    • 4 Secured parking stalls

    • Water, juices, fruit…

    • Food after the game

    • Tape, equipment services

    • If necessary, support by Team Doctor/Physiotherapist