Change in rules means change in fortune for the Edinburgh Capitals

Edinburgh Capitals get their second win of the season after a 5-2 victory over Coventry Blaze ahead of significant changes to player safety regulations.

The Capitals’ fortune may have turned a corner as they ended a 13 game losing streak. It was a convincing win for the Edinburgh side as Former NHL forward Pavel Vorobyev and Marek Tvrdon both scored braces with Sergei Banashkov netting one in between.

Edinburgh Capitals’ Richard Hartmann in action.

The Capitals now face Scottish outfits Braehead Clan and Dundee Stars in their upcoming fixtures with work to do as they currently sit bottom of the league with two points from 11 matches.

The win came as the sport faces regulatory changes.

The elite league board have agreed to let former National Hockey League (NHL) linesman Lyle Seitz be responsible for the safety of ice hockey players in the British competition.

The Player Safety Committee (PSC) will also be in charge of improving officiating standards by overseeing educational development of officials from next season. This comes as part of a long-term plan by the elite league to improve the quality of the sport in the United Kingdom.

Changes include the decision to introduce a 4-man officiating system allowing for more accurate and calculated refereeing. This project will integrate both senior and junior officials to ensure a smoother transition from the now outdated three-man system.

Cardiff Devils Managing Director Todd Kelman said:

“We feel that the EIHL is too good of a league to be running the 3-man-system going forward.”

All of the top leagues around the world are using the 4-man system, and this change should result in a speeding up of games and improved player safety.

“We can’t make the change to the 4-man system overnight.  We have to look at what is out there and how we transition to the 4-man system, but the aim is to start using the 4-man system in January, if we can find enough quality officials that are ready to make the jump to the EIHL.” [Edinburgh Capitals Website]

Edinburgh Capitals’ next home game is against Dundee Stars on Sunday 26th November at 6pm.


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