Contact that occurs between opponents during
the normal process of playing the puck, provided there
has been no overt hip, shoulder or arm contact to physically
force the opponent off of the puck.
A condition whereby a player is in control of
the puck with no opposition between the player and the
opposing goal, with a reasonable scoring opportunity.
The condition whereby a player uses the shaft
of the stick above the upper hand to jab or attempt to
jab an opposing player.
A Coach is a person primarily responsible for
directing and guiding the play of his team. Along with
the Manager, he is responsible for the conduct of his team's
players before, during and after a game.
A penalty of equal type (e.g., minor or major)
assessed during the same stoppage of play, and for which
neither team is reduced in on-ice numerical strength. A
coincident penalty never causes either team to be ``shorthanded''
for purposes of penalty termination if a goal is scored.
Goalkeeper's: Areas marked on the ice in front
of each goal designed to protect the goalkeepers from interference
by attacking players.
Area marked on the ice in front of the Penalty
Timekeeper's seat for the use of the Referee.
When a player, holding his stick with both hands,
checks an opponent by using the shaft of the stick with
no part of the stick on the ice.
Deflecting the Puck:
A situation where an attacking player has preceded
the puck across the attacking blue line, but the defending
team has gained possession of the puck and is in a position
to bring the puck out of their Defending Zone without any
delay or contact with an attacking player.
Directing the Puck:
The action of the puck contacting any person
or object, causing it to change direction.
The act of intentionally moving or positioning
the body, skate or stick so as to change the course of
the puck in a desired direction.
The action of an official dropping the puck
between the sticks of two opposing players to start play.
A face-off beings when the Referee indicates its location
and the officials take their appropriate positions and
ends when the puck has been legally dropped.
The actual throwing of a punch (closed fist)
by a player which makes contact with an opponent.
When a player, Coach or Manager receives a game
suspension(s), he shall not be eligible to participate
in the next game(s) that were already on the schedule of
that team before the incident occurs.
A goalkeeper is a person designated as such
by a team who is permitted special equipment and privileges
to prevent the puck from entering the goal.
The physical use of one's head in the course
of delivering a body-check (head first) in the chest, head,
neck or back area or the physical use of the head to strike
The action of a player intentionally or recklessly
contacting a player in the head, including with the stick
or by an illegal body check (as defined in the Glossary).
Heel of the Stick:
The Hockey Equipment Certification Council is
an independent organization responsible for the development,
evaluation and testing of performance standards for protective
ice hockey equipment. To date, there are standards for
face masks, helmets and skate blades.
The point where the shaft of the stick and the
bottom of the blade meet.
Injury Potential Penalties:
The action of applying the blade of the stick
to any part of an opponent's body or stick and impeding
his progress by a pulling or tugging motion with the stick.
Last Play Face-Off:
Injury Potential Penalties include Butt-Ending,
Checking from Behind, Head-Butting, Spearing, Board Checking,
Charging, Cross-Checking, Elbowing/Kneeing, High Sticking,
Holding the Facemask, Slashing and Roughing. The Linesman
may report such infractions to the Referee, following the
next stoppage of play, that have occurred behind the play,
and were unobserved by the Referee.
Off-Ice (Minor) Official:
The location at which the puck was last legally
played by a player or goalkeeper immediately prior to a
stoppage of play.
Officials appointed to assist in the conduct
of the game including the Official Scorer, Game Timekeeper,
Penalty Timekeeper and the two Goal Judges. The Referee
has general supervision of the game and full control of
all game officials, and in case of any dispute the Referee's
decision shall be final.
A penalty is the result of an infraction of
the rules by a player or team official. It usually involves
the removal from the game of the offending player or team
official for a specified period of time. In some cases
the penalty may be the awarding of a penalty shot on goal
or the actual awarding of a goal.
Possession of the Puck:
Member of a team physically participating in
a game. The goalkeeper is considered a player except where
special rules specify otherwise.
Possession and Control of the Puck:
The last player or goalkeeper to make contact
with the puck. This includes a puck that is deflected off
a player or any part of his equipment.
Proper Authorities (Proper Disciplinary Authority):
The last player or goalkeeper to make contact
with the puck and who also propels the puck in a desired
The governing body of the team or teams involved,
as determined by the Affiliate, except:
1. In USA Hockey Tournaments and Play-Offs, the body shall be the Discipline
Committee of the Tournament or Play-Off.
2. In matters relating to assault of official, the body shall be the Affiliate
Association of that team.
3. For Junior League play, this shall be the Junior Council sanctioned league.
Equipment worn by players for the sole purpose
of protection from injury. Recommended equipment should
be commercially manufactured.
Shorthanded means that a team is below the numerical
strength of its opponents on the ice. When a goal is scored
against a shorthanded team, the minor or bench minor penalty
which terminates automatically is the first such non-coincident
penalty (the minor or bench minor penalty then being served
with the least amount of time remaining). Thus, if an equal
number of players from each team is each serving a penalty(s)
(minor, bench minor, major or match only), neither team
The action of striking or attempting to strike
an opponent with a stick or of swinging a stick at an opponent
with no contact being made. Tapping an opponent's stick
is not considered slashing.
The action of poking or attempting to poke an
opponent with the tip of the blade of the stick while holding
the stick with one or both hands.
A designated goalkeeper on the Official Scoresheet
who is not then participating in the game.
A person responsible in any degree for the operation
of a team, such as a Team Executive, Coach, Manager or
Time-Out (Curfew definition):
A player not designated as a goalkeeper on the
Official Scoresheet who assumes that position when no designated
goalkeeper is able to participate in the game. He is governed
by goalkeeper privileges and limitations, and must return
as a ``player'' when a designated goalkeeper becomes available
to participate in the game.
A curfew game is one in which the game must
end by a certain time of day. Conversely, a non-curfew
game is one which will be played to clock time conclusion,
regardless of how long the game lasts.