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A DAD'S HOCKEY BLOG

A DADS HOCKEY BLOG

Avoiding Penalties In Hockey

Hockey is really a pretty rough sport given that there are twelve players on the ice who are obviously fighting over a small amount of rubber puck thats only an inch thick and three inches in diameter. Add the fact that they whack the puck around the ice with full-size sticks while wearing skates and youve got a game that can seem somewhat fierce some times. The reality of the matter is, injurys happen in hockey and it isnt uncommon for players to get roughed up a little. Having said that, the experience is really disciplined with specific policies and penalties for infractions. Penalties, depending on their nature, may result in a player being briefly or completely set out of a game while more drastic penalties may lead to a player being suspended or fined.

Because unintended events can ocurr on the rink, penalties cant be completely avoided in hockey. Regardless, by playing by the rules, a player can prevent unwanted penalties from being applied against him and his team members.

Players, excluding the goaltender, aren't permitted to enter the crease the blue segment in front of a goal except if they are in control of the puck shooting it or carrying it within the crease. If an extra team member is in the crease when a player scores a goal, the referee might assess an interference penalty for interfering with the goaltender along with disallowing the score for the goal. On top of that, goaltenders must not be checked even if they are outside of the crease.

Boarding is a pretty serious infringement of hockey rules which happens when an opposing team member checks a player and pushes him into the boards of the rink. Boarding can result in minor, major or severe penalties based on the circumstances and the referees evaluation of the given situation. Charging is another infraction that has penalties involved with it because it is the act of charging at a player from a long-distance before checking the player which can be pretty dangerous in practice. High-sticking, elbowing and head-butting are taken pretty severe in the game of hockey. Such behaviors may result in a major penalty, a game misconduct penalty, suspension or fines.

Some practices are allowable to some level but may result in penalties if they get out of hand. Some of these are cross-checking, hooking, roughing, and slashing. Cross-checking happens when a player rams ?into? another player while holding his stick in front of his body with both hands. With hooking, a player interferes with another players using his stick. Roughing pushing, shoving and slight wrestling usually doesnt result in a penalty unless it gets out of hand. Slashing hitting another player with a hockey stick doesnt usually result in penalties unless it appears to be an intentional and vicious act or results in bodily injury to the player being slashed. Holding or grasping another player is not allowed and will result in a minor penalty as will tripping another game player.


Chad Burgoyne is a father of 4 boys. The two youngest are starting their journy into a wonderful ?world of? ice Hockey. dadshockeyblog.com is documenting that journy.