Three-on-three overtime next season

The Elite League will introduce three-on-three overtime from the start of the 2016/17 season.

It has been a massive success in the NHL and has proved to be a huge hit with supporters and players.

The change will add excitement and drama to the overtime period in the Elite League.

Todd Kelman, Elite League director, said: “We think it will increase the amount of goals scored in overtime and make it more exciting for the fans.

“From a fan point of view, watching NHL overtime is just awesome. You see way more goals and see chance after chance.

“It is more likely to decide a game obviously and we will start it from next season.”

Kelman explained what would happen if there was a penalty in overtime.

“It goes to a four-on-three powerplay in overtime, we don’t go to three-on-two,” Kelman added.

“If there is a carry-over penalty from the game in regulation time, it carries over into overtime as five-on-four.

“At the first stoppage of play you go back to three-on-three.”

Kelman also confirmed the points system would not change, with two points being awarded for a regulation-time, overtime or penalty-shot victory – and one point being awarded for an overtime or penalty-shot defeat.

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