When play is stopped due to a goal or no goal incident, the Referee must:

  1.  Give a distinctive signal immediately upon the conclusion of the play

  2. On-ice officials collectively confirm a conclusive on-ice decision

In situations where the VGR is inconclusive, the on-ice decision will remain as the final decision.

Before going to the review, one of the following announcements is to be made:

  1. “A VGR has been initiated by the on-ice officials for ................. (incident) “

  2. “A Coaches Challenge has been initiated by team .…… for ............ ” (reason)

9 Criteria for VGR review

  1. Puck crossing the plane of the goal line.

  2. Puck in the net prior to the goal frame being displaced.

  3. Puck entering the goal net at the expiration of a period.

  4. Puck directed or batted into the goal net by a hand or foot or deliberately directed or batted with any part of the attacking player’s body into the goal net.

  5. Puck deflected into the goal net off a game official.

  6. Puck struck with a high stick above the height of the crossbar by an attacking skater prior to entering the goal net.

  7. Establish the correct time for when the puck completely crossed the goal.

  8. Puck entering the goal net after an attacking skater has interfered with the goaltender.

  9. Goaltender interfered with as goal being scored.

    * The video review process on these plays (whether initiated by way of a Coach’s Challenge or the on-ice officials) will be utilized exclusively for purposes of confirming or overturning a “GOAL” or “NO GOAL” call on the ice on scoring plays potentially involving “Interference on the Goalkeeper.” The video review process on these plays - regardless of its outcome - will not be utilized for any other purpose, including, specifically, for assessing minor or major penalties for Goalkeeper Interference

All players must go to their benches during the review.

A team does not have the authority to request a video review (VGR) of a play.

If the puck enters the net and play is stopped, the referee is to ask for a review during this stoppage of play. If there is no review during this stoppage of play, then the result is final, and no review of the play will be permitted at a later time.

If the puck enters the net and play was to continue, then the review would take place during the first stoppage of play following the incident. If no review is performed during this first stoppage of play, then no review of the play will be permitted at a later time.

A video review of the play may be called even though the first stoppage of play signals the end of a period or the end of a game.

ICE Hockey League Team Official Request for a VGR Decision (Coaches Challenge)

Each team shall be permitted a request to review a goal/non-goal.

The on-ice call will then be reviewed by the appropriate on-ice officials at ice level using any and all replays at their disposal. After reviewing the play, the appropriate on-ice officials will then make the “final” decision on whether to uphold or overturn the original call on the ice. Once the decision is made, the referee will inform the official scorekeeper.

Procedure and Ruling:

The video review mechanism, triggered by the Coach’s Challenge, is intended to be narrow in scope and the original call on the ice is to be overturned if, and only if, a determination is made that the original call on the ice was not correct. If a review is not conclusive and/or there is any doubt whatsoever as to whether the call on the ice was correct, the original call on the ice will be confirmed.

A Coach’s Challenge must be initiated by the head coach of the respective team by direct verbal notification to the referee on the ice.

Only one Coach’s Challenge per team per stoppage will be permitted. A Coach’s Challenge must be effectively initiated prior to the resumption of play.

VGR Coaches Challenge - Each team is permitted a VGR Coaches Challenge, under the following criteria:

  • A team may only request a Coach’s Challenge to review 1 of the 9 VGR criteria (above). The head coach must notify the on-ice officials specifically with which 1 of the criteria is to be challenged.

  • If the Coach’s Challenge does not result in the original call on the ice being overturned, the team exercising such a Challenge will forfeit (lose) its time-out and all further Coaches Challenge will be considered under point 2.

  • If the Coach’s Challenge does result in the call on the ice being overturned, the team successfully exercising such a Challenge will retain its time-out and retain the possibility for a further VGR Coaches Challenge.

  • The official scorekeeper shall record on the game sheet the time and the result of all Coach’s Challenges.

  • If a team has previously used a time-out in the game, a Coaches Challenge is permitted.

The referee will inform the opposing coach that an official VGR process is underway and what specifically is being reviewed.

Notify the PA announcer that team X has called for an official VGR, for the purpose of informing TV and the spectators, the cause for delay.

Referee procedure – following the VGR/Coaches Challenge

  1. Signal goal or no goal (wave-off) when exiting the VGR and entering the ice

  2. Notify the PA announcer after that the call on the ice stands or the call on the ice has been changed and what the new decision is

Following the review and the subsequent decision, one of the following announcements is to be made:

“A goal has been scored at ..................... ” (time) “