The NHL is planning to expand the use of apron screens during games in 2017, with an initial trial set to begin this week in Toronto.
The Awning Screen, developed by the University of Ottawa and the University at Buffalo, will allow fans to wear the screen during the first intermission of each home game, giving them the ability to catch the action while also enjoying the games experience without having to stand on the court.
The screens will also be used in the postseason, with the University and the Buffalo Sabres having both tested the screens during the 2016-17 campaign.
The Sabres had a trial run of the Awny Screen at home games in March, with teams including the Chicago Blackhawks and Edmonton Oilers.
The team said it used the screens in a 2-on-2 scrimmage during a game against the New York Rangers.
With the new trial, the NHL is hoping the screens will make the games even more enjoyable for fans, as well as give the teams a bit more control over when they can use the screens.
“The Auxillas can be an integral part of a game, and in many ways it can be a game-changer,” NHL vice president of product development, Mike Johnson, said in a statement.
“They can be great for the atmosphere, but also make for great entertainment and can give teams more control in how they use them.”
Awning screens are not the only product the NHL has been working on this season, with Johnson also saying that the league is working on a new uniform with a new jersey design, which is expected to be unveiled at the start of the 2019-20 season.
The new jersey will feature an all-new crest and will feature a number that will change from year to year, including the number 22.
The NHL also plans to start the 2020-21 season with three new teams: the Florida Panthers, Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The league is also planning to start with eight teams this season.