A - Conduct of Games


In Championship of Erste Bank Eishockey Liga in every Game and each period there will be two commercial breaks for about 45 seconds.

Commercials may only be granted when teams are at equal strength when a stoppage in play occurs (3 on 3, 4 on 4, 5 on 5, or 6 on 6). The determination of equal strength is the manpower on the ice at the time of the whistle. Therefore, if Team A is a man down, and a penalty is called on Team B, a commercial break is not allowed. In addition, a Commercial Break is not permitted after an Icing call.

Commercial breaks will be taken at the first whistle after the following times on the game clock as it counts down:

1st Commercial (Power) Break 14:00

2nd Commercial (Power) Break 08:00

In the event that a commercial break is not taken during the prescribed time slot, because of penalties or the flow of the game, the missed commercial opportunity will be made up at the first whistle in the next commercial break time slot (except icing).

The second commercial will then be taken two whistles after the first commercial break is taken in this time slot. If there is another incident where the second commercial is missed, this procedure will repeat itself until all breaks are taken.

The only exception is when a five minute (non-coincidental) major penalty is called on a player. In this situation the commercial break must be taken at this whistle and will be administrated by the commercial Coordinator in the normal fashion (except icing).

In case there is a commercial break scheduled depending the regulation and a goal has been scored, the commercial break will be postponed upon the next break (except icing). In this case the equal strength needs to be required once again.

  1. Procedure:
    • A Commercial Coordinator will be nominated by the Home Team.

    • At the whistle a red signal lamp will be immediately illuminated by the Commercial Coordinator at the Scorekeepers Bench, signaling that the commercial break is in progress.

    • The Commercial Coordinator immediately starts his watch. The time which is left in the break will be displayed separately (DIN A3 Sheet) with the “Commercial Break Plate” by the Commercial Coordinator:

      • Break / 45 seconds

      • 40 seconds

      • 20 seconds

      • 5 seconds

    • One linesman places the puck on the ice where the next face-off will take place while the referee proceeds quickly to the Scorekeepers Bench. The players proceed to their respective benches while the other linesman stands between the player benches.

    • With twenty-seconds left in the break, the Commercial Coordinator cues the referee by showing the “Commercial Break Plate” to blow the whistle to indicate that the players proceed to the face-off spot.

    • With five seconds left in the break the back linesman gets a cue from the Commercial Coordinator by the “Commercial Break Plate” to blow the whistle to drop the puck.

    • The puck should drop at the sixty-second mark.

The only permitted exceptions to additional commercials being taken during a time slot are:

• player injury,

• damage and/or repair to the playing surface (glass, boards, net),

• any abnormal delay which may require excessive time to sort out.

The procedure is the same as mentioned above. From side of the TV management any additional Commercial Breaks are not permitted.

No commercial breaks will be taken in the final thirty seconds of the first and second periods, and the final two minutes of the third period, there are no exceptions. No commercial breaks will be granted in overtime and penalty shoot-out.

  1. Team Considerations:

    Teams should be aware of the following during these commercial stoppages:

    • Goalkeepers will be allowed to go to their respective player’s bench.

    • Attention IIHF Rulebook Following a stoppage of play for an icing infraction, the offending team is prohibited from making any player change until play has resumed.

    • Teams are allowed to change lines once the referee blows the whistle signaling the teams to return to the face-off with 20 seconds remaining in the commercial stoppage, please see also IIHF-Rulebook.

    • These line changes will follow the same protocol as a normal line change during a stoppage of play.

    • Teams will be allowed to request their official time-out from the referee once they are called back to the ensuing face-off by the referee's whistle with 20 seconds remaining in the commercial stoppage.

      • The referee will immediately advise the Official Scorekeeper of the time-out request and the official time-out will follow the normal protocol.