TABLE OF CONTENTS IIHF OFFICIAL RULE BOOK 2023/24 – SECTION 05 61 OFFICIALS The Referees shall have announced the reason for not allowing a goal every time the goal signal light is turned on in the course of play over the Public Address System. This shall be done at the first stoppage of play regardless of any standard signal given by the Referees when the goal signal light was put on in error (if the red goal light is mandatory and in place). The Referees shall report the name or number of the “goal scorer” and also report any Player deserving an “assist” for that goal. If applicable, the Referees shall report the “goal scorer” only and the Official Scorekeeper, with the assistance of the Statistic staff will confirm the “goal scorer” and any Player deserving an “assist”. The name of the “goal scorer” and any Player entitled to an “assist” will be announced over the Public Address System. In the event the Referee disallows a goal for any violation of the rules, they shall report the reason for the disallowance to the Official Scorekeeper who shall have the Referee’s decision announced correctly over the Public Address System. 31.6. OFF-ICE OFFICIALS The Referees shall, before starting the game, see that the appointed Off-ice Officials are in their respective places and ensure that the timing and signaling equipment are in order. 31.7. PENALTIES The infraction of the rules for which each penalty has been imposed will be announced correctly, as reported by the Referee, over the Public Address System. Where Players of both Teams are penalized on the same play, the penalty to the visiting Player will be announced first. 31.8. PLAYERS’ UNIFORMS It shall be the duty of the Referees to see to it that all Players are properly dressed, and that the approved regulation equipment (including the approved on-ice branded exposure program) is in use at all times during the game. 31.9. REPORTING The Referee shall report to the Proper Authorities promptly and in detail the circumstances surrounding the following: (I) The assessment of Misconduct Penalties for Abuse of Officials; (II) The assessment of Game Misconduct Penalties; (III) Any time a Player or team personnel are involved in an altercation with a spectator; (IV) Any unusual occurrence that takes place on or off the ice, before, during or after the game. 31.10. START AND END OF GAME AND PERIODS The Referees or the Official Timekeeper shall order the Teams on the ice at the appointed time for the beginning of a game and at the commencement of each period. If for any reason, there is more than a fifteen (15) minute delay in the commencement of the game or any undue delay in resuming play after the IIHF approved intermission length between periods (refer to IIHF Sport Regulations), the Referees shall state in their report to the Proper Authorities the cause of the delay and the Team or Teams which were at fault. The Referees shall remain on the ice at the conclusion of each period until all Players have proceeded to their Dressing Rooms. 05 SECTION · OFFICIALS