1 Sep, Thu

Moscow (19:00)

2 Sep, Fri

Ekaterinburg (17:00)

2 Sep, Fri

Chelyabinsk (17:00)

2 Sep, Fri

Mytishchi (19:00)

2 Sep, Fri

Sochi (19:30)

3 Sep, Sat

Moscow (13:00)

3 Sep, Sat

Balashikha (14:00)

3 Sep, Sat

Minsk (16:30)

3 Sep, Sat

Saint Petersburg (17:00)

3 Sep, Sat

Moscow (17:00)

3 Sep, Sat

Nizhny Novgorod (18:00)

4 Sep, Sun

Ekaterinburg (14:30)

4 Sep, Sun

Chelyabinsk (14:30)

4 Sep, Sun

Mytishchi (17:00)

4 Sep, Sun

Sochi (17:00)

5 Sep, Mon

Balashikha (19:00)

5 Sep, Mon

Moscow (19:00)

5 Sep, Mon

Minsk (19:10)

5 Sep, Mon

Moscow (19:30)

5 Sep, Mon

Saint Petersburg (19:30)

“In recent years, all of our rule changes have been written in favor of offense and in favor of speeding up the game so that there are as few stoppages as possible. The same criteria guided us when we sent proposals to the working group this year. We made all the changes only after the clubs voted for them. The directors and managers expressed their opinions on various points, and we took their wishes fully into account. For example, the rule concerning the choosing of faceoff dots after the goalkeeper froze the puck and the possibility of the referees cancelling a major penalty were supported unanimously by the clubs. We were the first to introduce these rules in world hockey — here we tried to respect ‘classic hockey’ and increase the dynamics of the game.”

Alexei Ravodin, KHL Referee

It’s great that the officiating department does this kind of work — the analysis of the game and the implementation of new rules help the most technical players show their skills. I am sure that the dynamics of the game will increase, primarily due to the inability to freeze the puck along the boards. We tried the new rules in training camp and our team was helped by the choosing of the faceoff dots in the offensive zone — we scored three goals out of eight after winning an offensive zone faceoff. All the changes in the rules, as well as their new interpretations, have been thoroughly researched by analysts of the officiating department, which strives every year to improve the game. I think the new changes in the rules will add entertainment, fairness, and goals to our league.

Nikita Novikov, KHL referee

“All the innovations are aimed at increasing the speed of the game — when there are fewer stops, the players do not have time to cool down, increasing the intensity of the game and its spectacularism. The more interesting the hockey is, the more you enjoy your work. Of course, it will take time for referees, players and coaches to adjust to the new rules — that’s why we have preseason tournaments and friendlies. By the start of the regular season everything should be practiced to perfection. I would especially note the rule about freezing the puck near the boards — such situations occur quite often, and from the outside it’s not that exciting. Now these situations will be minimized, and it will help the teams show more beautiful hockey.”