AHL Extends Rule Limiting Goalie Involvement

The AHL approved the continuation of AHL Rule 31(j) for the duration of the 2004-05 regular season and the Calder Cup 2005 Playoffs. The rule restricts the areas where goaltenders may play the puck in an attempt to increase offensive opportunities without wholly eliminating a goaltender’s ability to assist his defensemen.
The rule limits goalies to handling the puck only in a trapezoidal area extending out behind the goal.

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