When play is stopped because of a goal or no goal call, 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.

Procedure for Referee – following the VGR

If no goal, the Referee must make wash-out signal in direction of player’s bench. Then the referee informs the timekeeper why it was not a goal to announce on the PA system.

If a goal, point goal in direction of player's bench and then proceed to the scorekeeper to award the goal and goal scorer information required for scorekeeper.

Example's for timekeeper

  1. After review it is deemed no goal, due to the puck being kicked in.

  2. After the review it is deemed no goal, due to the net being dislodged.

9 Criteria for VGRS review

  1. Puck crossing the goal line

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

  3. Puck directed into the net prior to or after the expiration of time at the end of the period

  4. Puck directed into the net by a distinct kicking motion or deliberately directed with any part of the attacking players body

  5. Puck deflected into the net off a game official

  6. Puck struck with a high stick above the height of the crossbar or batted by a hand of an attacking player prior to entering the net

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

  8. An attacking player, either by his positioning or by contact, impairs the goalkeeper’s ability to move freely within his crease or defend his goal 

  9. An attacking player initiates intentional or deliberate contact with a goalkeeper, inside or outside of his goal crease

All players must go to their benches during the review.

The adaption of cameras and microphones, which will be installed from side of the league TV partner respectively accredited photo agencies, will be permitted.

EBEL Team Official Request for a VGR Decision

Once per game each team shall be permitted a request to review a goal/non-goal. To initiate a formal request for a VGR by a team, the Head Coach must signal to the referee using 1 of 2 options:

  1. A Time-Out signaled by the Coach directly at the referee(s) followed by the VGR signal. (Preferred way)


  1. Sending a Captain or Assistant Captain to the referee(s) to ask for a VGR Time-out, initiated by the Coach.

Once initiated to the referee(s)

  1. A referee will then address the coach directly at the players bench,

  2. The coach will acknowledge to the referee that he wants to use his “Official Request for VGR”

  3. What specifically the review is for (which has to be 1 of the above 9 criteria only). 

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

  5. All players must proceed to their respective player’s benches.

  6. Notify the PA Announcer that Team X has called for an Official VGR, so TV and the fans are aware of the cause for delay.

Following the VGR

  1. 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

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

In the event a team makes an official request for VGR, that the referee would have otherwise not reviewed, and the decision following the conclusion of the VGR is not changed from the referee's on ice ruling, that team will lose their Time-Out (Rule 61) for the remainder of the game. No VGR can take place, other than the 9 criteria, if and when applicable, allowed under Rule 99.