Rule 205 | Change of Players (a)
Immediately following the stoppage of play, the visiting team shall have five seconds to complete any player substitutions. After the visiting player substitutions, the home team shall have five seconds to complete any player substitutions (See Glossary - Line Change Procedure)
. Once all player substitutions have been made, all players must take position for the ensuing face-off.
If there is any undue delay by either team in changing players, the Referee shall order the offending team or teams to take their face-off positions immediately and not permit any further player changes.
Both teams must place the full number of players on the ice to which they are entitled to prior to the face-off.
Once the line change procedure has been completed, no additional player substitutions shall be permitted until the face-off has been completed legally and play has resumed, except when a penalty or penalties are imposed that affect the on-ice strength of either or both teams. This may include penalties imposed following the completion of the line change and prior to the face-off, or due to a penalty assessed for a face-off violation.