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SuperSkills events on R&D Camp itinerary

Can't wait until January to see the All-Star SuperSkills competition? Those events will be part of new ideas, gadgets and rules that Brendan Shanahan is putting on display in front of the league's hockey operations department, GMs, coaches, scouts and executives at the NHL's Research, Development and Orientation Camp.

The camp will gather some of the top young prospects for the 2012 NHL draft to test new concepts such as moving faceoffs after an offside into the offending team's zone, limiting line changes at stoppages in play and removing the trapezoid that restricts goaltenders' puckhandling.

There also will be a session devoted to refining challenges in the All-Star SuperSkills competition.

"These players will go through each and every skill that was performed at the SuperSkills competition in Raleigh and give us an opportunity to present an even more entertaining show in Ottawa next January," Shanahan said in a statement released by the NHL.

The camp will be held Aug. 17 and 18 in Toronto.

Itinerary

Wednesday, Aug. 17 (all times ET, subject to change)

10 a.m.-noon

  • No-touch icing

  • No line change for team committing an offside

  • Faceoff variations (penalty line for center committing an infraction; all faceoffs in circles; same linesman drops puck for all faceoffs)

  • No icing permitted while short-handed

  • Verification line (additional line behind the goal line)

  • Overtime variation (four minutes of 4-on-4 followed by three minutes of 3-on-3)

  • Shootout variation (five-man shootout precedes sudden-death format)

  • Shallow-back nets

2:30-4:30 p.m.

  • After offside, faceoff goes back to offending team's end

  • Faceoff variations (both centers must come set on whistle; all faceoffs in circles; same linesman drops puck for all faceoffs)

  • Delayed penalty variation (offending team must exit zone in possession of puck to stop play)

  • Changes permitted only on the fly (except after goals and upon manpower changes)

  • Strict enforcement of goaltenders covering puck outside crease (Rule 63.2)

  • Remove trapezoid

  • Verification line

  • Allow hand passes in all zones

  • Overtime variation (switch ends)

  • Shootout variation (five-man shootout with repeat players if tied after five shooters)

  • Thin-netting nets

Thursday, Aug. 18

9:30-11:30 a.m.

  • "Hybrid" icing

  • Offside variation (offending team can't change and face off in its end zone)

  • Faceoff variations (player encroaching can't replace thrown-out center, all faceoffs in circles; same linesman drops puck for all faceoffs)

  • All penalties to be served in their entirety

  • Strict enforcement of goaltenders covering puck outside crease (Rule 63.2)

  • Bear-hug rule

  • Verification line

  • Overtime variation (switch ends for four minutes of 4-on-4, followed by three minutes of 3-on-3)

  • Shootout variation (three-man shootout with repeat shooters if tied after three shooters)

  • Shallow-back nets

1:30-3:30 p.m.

All-Star Skills competition (fastest skater, breakaway challenge, accuracy shooting, skills relay challenge, hardest shot, elimination shootout)

Other technology/modifications to be tested during various sessions:

  • On-ice officials communication -- ref-to-ref wireless

  • Overhead camera -- to assist hockey operations reviews of various initiatives (verification line/goal netting/in-net camera)

  • In-net camera -- mounted camera at one end with one net with camera view focused on the goal line to help verify goals

  • Robotic camera -- to test camera angles for coverage closer to ice

  • Video replay application review

  • Curved glass -- protection options at players' bench areas