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2020-21 High School Ice Hockey Rules Changes
May 21, 2020


INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 21, 2020) —Measures to reduce the risk of injury for participants and to provide an additional scenario for instant replay usage comprise the prominent components of the 2020-21 high school ice hockey rules changes.

The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Ice Hockey Rules Committee proposed a total of five rules modifications as a result of its meeting April 27-28, which were all subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors. The committee’s meeting was held in an online format to comply with current health safety guidelines.

“I commend the committee for adapting its meeting to an online format, its continued focus on minimizing risk for players and its overall efforts to support high school hockey,” said Dan Schuster, NFHS director of educational services and liaison to the Ice Hockey Rules Committee.

One of the risk-minimization changes was made to Rule 3-2, through which a more severe penalty may now be assessed to a player wearing skates that are deemed “dangerous.” Previously, a player with dangerous skates was given a warning and an opportunity to return to the game once the issue was corrected. In 2020-21, a first offense will warrant a game misconduct penalty.

Under Rule 7-6-1, a player who strikes an opponent with his or her hand may now receive a major penalty at the discretion of the official. Traditionally, improper hand contact that was not considered to be fighting constituted a minor penalty.

State associations that have authorized an instant replay system during games may now utilize it to review infractions that involve student-athlete ejections. This clause was added to Rule 9-13 as an accompaniment to the pre-existing instant replay situations, which include reviewing goals and undetected goals and determining the correct amount of time on the game clock.

“If a state so chooses to adopt this as part of its replay policy, it will allow review to ensure the correct player is removed in an ejection situation,” Schuster said. “An ejection, in some cases, can be as critical to a game as a goal. This will give state associations the flexibility to review this important moment in a game.”

Risk minimization was also the focus in Rule 7-13-3, where language was added to prohibit a player from moving an opponent’s glove, tooth or mouth protector that has fallen on the ice for the purpose of keeping it from the opponent’s possession. The stick was the only piece of equipment specified within the original version of the rule.

Finally, a subtle change was made to Rule 3-4-2 to clarify the purpose of the throat/neck protector as a “laceration” protector.

According to the 2018-19 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, more than 35,000 boys participate in ice hockey in 1,638 high schools across the country, and more than 9,600 girls participate in the sport in 642 schools.

About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at


Boys raising money for 2020-2021 Hockey Season!


Parents & players should join us Tuesday, June 2, 2020 for our mandatory team meeting. We’ll get together at 7:00 pm at the Lane Family Center on the green in Canfield (45 North Broad st.).
We’ll discuss fundraising for the upcoming season, how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected us and other general hockey season topics.

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Welcome to Canfield Hockey

Posted by Randy Emery at May 4, 2019 5:00PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Canfield Varisty Hockey finished the season 11-10-2.   Four players received All White League Honors.

!st Team All White - Stone Elias

2nd Team All White - Vincent Hepola, and Brian Woak

Honorable Mention All White - Danny Beistel 

Hockey Board Members Elected for 2017-18 season:
President:  Kathy Epp
Vice President: 
Treasurer:  Lisa Hepola
Secretary: TJ Dapolito

Hockey at Canfield... A Proud Tradition
      The Canfield Cardinals Varsity hockey is in its 18th year as a member of the Ohio High School Athletic Association. The Cardinals compete in the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League (Blue North Division).
      The team has been in existence since 1997 when Dave DeJoe became the first head coach of the "club" team. In 2000-2001 the team was a provisional member of the GCHSHL and eligible for the state playoffs. Joe Villano followed Dave DeJoe as head coach and remained until the 2006-07 campaign. The team's third head coach was Randy Emery for 7 years.  Chris Richards now starts his fourth season as Canfield's head coach and is assisted by Joe Villano.
     Coach Richards took the reigns after long and impressive playing career. After playing 4 years at Ohio State, Coach Richards played professional hockey for 11 years in the CHL. His coaching style is based on hard work and discipline. Canfield hockey has a bright future under his leadership.
     The Canfield Varsity hockey team is self supported and operate through funds raised by the Canfield Hockey Boosters.  

ALL Time Records:

97-98   8-0-1  (Club Team)                            

98-99   8-8-1  (Club Team)                            08-09  11-15-0 (3-7) (Blue South)

99-00   16-6-1 (Club Team)                            09-10  7-18-0 (1-9) (Blue South)  

00-01    3-14-1 (State Eliglible OHSAA)        10-11  9-19-1 (4-7-1) (Blue South)

01-02   10-13-1 (5-7) (Blue East GCHSHL)     11-12  5-21-0 (2-10) (Blue East)

02-03   3-15-2  (2-8-1) (Blue NE)                  12-13  3-19-0 (3-10) (Blue Central East)

03-04   8-14-1 (4-8) (Blue NE)                       13-14  3-14-0 (1-9) (Blue East)

04-05  6-14-2  (2-9-1) (Blue NE)                    14-15  10-10-0 (8-6) (Blue East) 

05-06  8-14-2 (2-9-1) (Blue East)         15-16  15-5-1 (13-2-1) (Blue North)  

06-07 13-10-1 (6-6) (Blue East)              16-17  8-11-0 (2-8-0) White South 

07-08  7-16-4 (2-8) (Blue South)   17-18 11-8-0  (7-3) White South #2

18-19  11-10-2 (6-7) White North - Bruce Anderson Memorial Tournament Champions 

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All Time Records

Posted by Randy Emery at Jan 22, 2015 4:00PM PST ( 0 Comments )

Canfield Hockey

All Time Varsity Records

Most Wins in a Season......16 (2015-2016) 16-4-1
				 .....13 (2006-07)  13-10-1
						......11(2017-2018) 11-8-0
			     .......11 (2018-2019) 11-10-2 
                               ........ 11 (2008-09)  
                               ....... 10 (2014-15) 10-10-0
Most Ties Season .....4  (2007-08)  7-16-4
Most Losses Season ....21 (2011-12) 5-21-0
Most Team Goals  Season  ..114 (2010-11)
                                       ..101 (2008-09)
                                       .. 99 (2014-15) 
Team Goals Per Game Average.......4.95 (2014-15)
Most Goals Allowed Season ..161 (2011-12) 26 games
Least Goals Against Season.....  78 (2018-2019) 22 games 
					.......80 (2014-15) 20 games
Most Team Penalty Minutes Season.....558 (2010-11)
                               ...... 481 (2008-09)
Most Points Career .....195 Riley Emery (2007-11)
                            ..... 128 Zack Kovacs (2003-07)
                                             ......125 Vincent Hepola (2015-2019)
                            .......113 Joe Geiser (2008-11)

Most Points Season ....   79 Riley Emery (2010-11)
                            ........ 51 Riley Emery (2008-09)
                            ..........47 Braden Falkingham (2014-15
                             ......... 46 Joe Geiser (2010-11) 
Most Points Freshman....  35 Riley Emery (2007-08)
Most Goals Career .....127 Riley Emery (2007-11) (*5th All time OHSAA)
    ......76 Vincent Hepola (2015-2019)
.......68 Zack Kovacs (2003-07)
			......... 62 Joe Geiser (2008-11) 

Most Goals Season ........ 52 Riley Emery (2010-11)
                             ....... 32 Braden Falkingham (2014-15)
                             .........30 Riley Emery (2008-09)
                                ......28 Joe Geiser (2008-09)
                                ...... 26 Sam Crowe (2003-04)
Most Goals per Game Ave ......1.88 Braden Falkingham
Most Goals Game .......6 Braden Falkingham  (1-3-15 vs Aurora)
                                 6 Riley Emery (1-8-11 vs Garfield Hts)
Most Assists Career   ............68 Riley Emery (2007-11)
                             ........... 60 Zack Kovacs (2003-07)
Most Assists Season..... 29 Andy Davis (2003-04)
                            ........27 Joe Geiser/Riley Emery  (2010-11)
Most Assists Game....5 Anthony Clendenin (11/29/13 vs Aurora)
Most Penalty Minutes Season..121 Tyler Buchenic (2008-09)
                                           .. 120 Joe Geiser (2010-11)
                                         .....111 Riley Emery (2010-11) 
Most Games Played Career .....99 Sean Meditz (2008-12)
                                      ........ 98  Nick Carney (2007-11)
                                      ........94 Chris Schade (2004-08)
                                      ........93 Riley Emery (2007-11) 
Best Goals Against Average Season 
                                           3.38 Ryan DeJoe (2001-02)
Most Saves in a Season ......772 Roger Geiser (2009-10) (*2nd OHSAA)
Most Career Saves............2407 Roger Geiser(2008-12) (*1 OHSAA)
Most Shutouts Season Goaltender.... 4  Brian Moore (2006-07)
Head Coach's Records:  
Dave DeJoe   45-31-5 (1997-2002)
Joe Villano   38-67-6  (2002-2007)
Randy Emery  45-122-5  (2007-2014)
Chris Richards 55-44-3     (2014-19)