BOCA RATON, Fla. — An NHL rule has been drafted that will force a skater to go to the bench if he loses his helmet.
On the ice, a new player may stay under the rules .
The managers said at their meetings that a skater with out a helmet would be appraised a two-minute penalty if he neglects to immediately leave the ice.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has the same rule. The American Hockey League permits a player hockey if he could place his helmet back on, to stick to the ice.
The managers prefer making helmets compulsory but that is part of this rule change.