Press Release

Toronto, ON – OHL Opening Week is officially underway as the Niagara IceDogs defeated the visiting Sudbury Wolves by a score of 6-3 on Thursday night to kick-off the 2019-20 season.

With nine games on tonight’s Friday night schedule, the OHL is taking the opportunity to further outline the timelines surrounding the implementation of new expanded video replay measures coming into effect later this season.

New expanded video replay will not come into effect for any games until the necessary technological enhancements have been installed in each of the league’s 20 member team facilities.

The new measures will utilize enhanced technology including overhead cameras at both blue lines in addition to video tablets at the penalty box to provide on-ice officials with additional resources.

Once technology has been installed league-wide and new expanded video replay is in full effect, member teams will have the option of using a coach’s challenge for goaltender interference. Officials will also be automatically reviewing all major/match penalties assessed to validate the original call on the ice. In addition, the video tablets in the penalty box will be available to the on-ice officials to review potential offside plays. Current policy restricts such review to the video goal judge.

The Ontario Hockey League will provide more information at such time as all 20 of the league’s member team facilities have been equipped with the required technology enhancements.

#OHLOpeningWeek continues throughout the weekend with 16 games on the schedule through Sunday. Be sure to follow all of the league’s coverage at ontariohockeyleague.com or follow through social media on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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