Hockey Rules of the Game
May 01, 2020
Hooking in Hockey is when a player uses his stick to slow down or prevent an opposing player from making a play on the puck or getting into a better position on the ice. The result of this infraction is a usually a 2-minute Minor Penalty but can warrant a 5-minute Major Penalty depending on the severity of the infraction. Following the lockout year in 2005, there has been a spike in hooking penalties called by referees, with the hopes of decreasing injury and speeding up the pace of the game.
April 30, 2020
Spearing in hockey is when a player uses the blade of his stick to “jab” an opposing player, usually in the stomach or legs. This is considered to be one of the dirtiest infractions in hockey because, while most stick infractions are usually accidental, Spearing is one that is usually seen as more deliberate. A Spearing penalty can also be called when a player intentionally uses his stick in a lifting motion to strike an opponent in the groin area. These dangerous types of infractions can lead to a 4-minute Double-Minor penalty or a 5-minute Major Penalty.
March 19, 2020
Since the introduction of Ice Hockey in 1917, fighting has been part of an NHL hockey game. In 1922, the league incorporated Rule 56 (now Rule 46) stating fighting as an “official part of the game.” Fast-forward to 2020, and the NHL is the only major sports league out of the big four in the United States (NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB), that, by rule, allows fighting. However, although it is allowed, it does not mean that Fighting in the NHL comes without consequence. In this article, we will dive into the NHL fighting rules, the pros and cons, along with what the current state, and future, look like for fighting in hockey!
March 11, 2020
A Slew Foot in hockey is an action where a player comes from behind an opposing player and trips him using his leg or skate, while, oftentimes, using his upper body, or arms, to further knock the opposing player off-balance. Usually, the victim of the action will fall to the ice, causing a potential injury. This can be especially dangerous if the victim falls backwards onto the ice.
February 19, 2020
Slashing in hockey is a penalty that is called when a player swings his stick at an opposing player, whether contact is made, or not. The act of a “forceful chop” motion to an opponent’s stick or gloves will typically result in a Minor Penalty. However, there are certain situations where slashing is more severe and can call for a Major Penalty or Game Misconduct Penalty. It is to the referee’s discretion to determine the severity of the act.
February 19, 2020
Roughing in hockey is a penalty called when a player uses unnecessary force (usually a punch) to contact an opposing player. Furthermore, Roughing can also be called if avoidable contact is made after the whistle. Lastly, at the discretion of the referee, a Roughing penalty can also be called if a player contacts the opponent, with no attempt to avoid contact, well after the puck carrier is no longer in possession of it.
February 19, 2020
By definition, Goalie Interference in hockey is a penalty called when an opposing player initiates contact with the goalie, whether intentionally or unintentionally, and therefore impairing the goalie’s ability to move freely. Furthermore, this penalty can be called whether the goalie is inside or outside of the goal crease. However, if an opposing player is pushed into the goalie, while he is in his crease, by one of the goalie’s teammates, then it will typically not be called a penalty. This is at the discretion of the referee.
January 28, 2020
Delay of Game in Hockey is when it is determined by the referee that a team, or individual player, was intentionally attempting to stall the game. There are a few different circumstances that will permit the referee to call a Delay of Game penalty, which will be discussed in detail later in this article. The result of one of these instances will usually result in a two-minute Minor Penalty, depending on the situation.
January 13, 2020
Cross-checking in hockey is the action of a player using the shaft of his stick between two hands to forcefully hit an opponent. This occurs when the player holds his stick with one hand at the top, and the other about halfway down the shaft, and does a “pushing” motion with it into an opposing player. Luckily for referees, a Cross-Check is very easy to spot. Following the infraction, referees must determine how severe it was. He can then assess one of the penalty types, which will be discussed in detail later in this guide.
January 13, 2020
Charging in hockey is when a player charges an opponent and makes contact with them, whether it be by skating, or jumping, into them. This can occur anywhere on the ice, and what differentiates it from a standard body check, is the distance traveled to make the hit. The general rule of thumb is that if a player hits another from three or more skating strides away, it will likely be called a charging. However, it is at the referee’s discretion to determine what that “distance” is.
January 13, 2020
Boarding in Hockey is a hit on a defenseless player that causes them to go dangerously into the boards. This will include checking, or tripping, an opposing player into the boards. Standard body checking is legal, but where Boarding differentiates itself is when a player makes contact with a player when the receiving player is not aware of an incoming hit or hasn’t touched the puck, also known as a “defenseless” player. Additionally, Boarding will be called if a player hits a defenseless player with no intention of going for the puck.
November 14, 2019
Throughout the years, the game of Ice Hockey has gotten much faster. This leads to exciting goals, highlight-reel saves, and so on. That said, the game has put an emphasis on trying to protect its players, focusing especially on head injuries. One rule that has looked to prevent head injuries is the High-Sticking Rule. This article will explain just what High-Sticking is, and what is and is not considered a High-Sticking penalty.
November 12, 2019
The two-line pass rule in ice hockey is when a stoppage of play is called because a pass was made from inside of a team’s defending zone to a player that is on the offensive side of the blue line, meaning the puck has crossed both the defending team’s blue line and the red line during the pass. The only time this is not called is if the puck crosses the red line before the receiving player. As most know, this rule has been eliminated from the current NHL rules, so within this article, we will explain why it was removed, as well as the impact of removing the rule had on the league, along with a brief history of the rule.
November 08, 2019
For new viewers, the game of ice hockey can be overwhelming at first and this article will aim to break down one of the game’s most important rules: offsides. You can expect to learn what the rule of offsides is, what it looks like, what zones are on a hockey rink and how they are separated, along with the different types of offsides, and what happens when an offsides call is made by the referee.
May 15, 2019
Ice hockey is a fast and physical game, and players need to do what they can to slow the other team down. Sometimes, however, players get too physical or do too much to try and gain the upper hand. When this happens, they can get themselves in trouble with the officials, who can hand out any number of penalties based on how serious the offense is. Let’s break down what these penalties are, how they're enforced and how you can learn to spot them.
May 15, 2019
Ice hockey is one of the most unique and exciting sports to play or watch, but some hockey rules can be confusing to players who are new to the game. We're going to provide a quick hockey for dummies guidebook to get you completely caught up on hockey basics and the major rules of hockey.