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USA Hockey's "Ask the Official" question forum has concluded for the 2021-22 season. Check back in August 2022 when we will begin accepting questions again. 

IMPORTANT NOTEDiscipline, Suspension, and Team Roster related questions cannot be answered at this forum. Please contact your USAH Affiliate for answers to these questions. Contact information is located in the Directory of the USA Hockey Annual Guidebook.

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2021-22 ATO | WEEK 34

By USA Hockey 03/25/2022, 6:15am MDT

This week’s features: Frozen pucks...Ice cuts...Goal celebrations...and more.

QUESTIONWe have this happen often. a puck goes under a goalie leg pad and is trapped though still partially still visible. It is not moving but forwards still whack at it...should the whistle blow or play continue? What defines frozen and generates a whistle if you can see the puck but the goalie has it trapped?

ANSWER: The play should be stopped when the official determines the goalkeeper has sufficient control of the puck. However, attacking players may not make any stick contact with a goalkeeper at any time during play or after a stoppage.

 

QUESTION: May a player in an adult classification game wear a GoPro device during a game?

ANSWER: Under the USA Hockey Playing Rules, no player or official may wear any type of camera during any type of USA Hockey sanctioned game.

 

QUESTION: Can you take off your glove for a celebration in the 14U category?

ANSWER: There is no rule in the USA Hockey Playing Rules that prevents this assuming the celebration does not violate unsportsmanlike conduct rules.

 

QUESTIONHow many penalties can a player be assessed at one time? Is it possible for players to receive 3 penalties at once in this case?

ANSWER: A player should be assessed the proper penalty for each infraction they commit. A player could check an opponent from behind (minor plus misconduct) and then complain about the call (unsportsmanlike minor) and continue to complain after the original unsportsmanlike call (misconduct), and that would be four penalties.

 

QUESTIONWe just had our state tournament. No zammining was completed during any games. Championship went into a full DOUBLE overtime. Again, no zamming. We were told it is not mandatory to zam. Is it true that zamming is not mandatory for a 14U tournament?

ANSWER: Game Operations for state tournaments are coordinated by your local USA Hockey State Affiliate, therefore we recommend sending your comments to this group through your team.

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2021-22 ATO | WEEK 33

By USA Hockey 03/18/2022, 6:15am MDT

This week’s features: Diving...Handshake lines...Multiple fights...and more.

QUESTIONI don't see embellishment listed in Rule 601. How do you assess this call?

ANSWER: Strictly speaking, there is no official rule for “diving” in USA Hockey. One would assume if our Coaches are teaching the game correctly, this behavior would not be tolerated by a team bench. If any player is making an obvious attempt at drawing a penalty from an opponent, the official can speak with the player or coach and make it clear that type of behavior is unlikely to get a penalty the next time if it continues (btw, the next time might be a real fall from a trip or hook).

 

QUESTIONReferee assessed a fighting major in a game, but the referee puts a wrong number on the scoresheet. The score sheet is already signed and given to the team's what should happen?

ANSWER: In this situation, if the referee realizes his mistake immediately he should contact his supervisor and let him know about the error. The supervisor can contact the disciplinary body of the team and let them know about the error.

If the mistake is not caught, the player is still held accountable for his actions that lead to the suspension. In other words, a clerical error on the score sheet does not cancel a suspension. Otherwise, a clerical error on a score sheet would also have to cancel a goal.

 

QUESTIONWhat is the rule on making a kid go through a line where the opposition coach has made vulgar comments in prior games? We have a coach that has consistently made comments to my grandson in the line. The third time, some of the other kids heard it. Can I tell my grandson to just come off the ice to avoid this abusive behavior? He's 10. This coach is playing head games with kids.

ANSWERA player does not have to participate in the post-game handshake. However, not proceeding through the line might make him/her look like a poor sport.

If this coach’s behavior is happening consistently, then your team should file a report to your league or hockey association. Including “comments” and names of people who have heard them would be helpful. The league or hockey association can then take steps to correct the coach’s behavior.

 

QUESTIONUSAH Rule 615 states that "Any player...fighting with the same team during the same season shall receive a three-game suspension." Does that mean that if a player fights with a player from the same team a second time then there is an extra penalty assessed, or does it mean that if you get two fighting penalties while playing on a team in a single season that you get the extra penalty?

ANSWER: Rule 615(f) states that any player who receives two Fighting penalties while playing with the same team during a season, will receive supplemental discipline in addition to the normal Game Misconduct suspension.

 

QUESTIONPlease let me know how Rule 411 is enforced when you do not receive data on penalties. Scoresheets that have this data are not submitted anywhere. Our team has had so many concussions (some of which are caused by the same team) it is mathematically impossible for some of these kids to not be suspended. Unnecessary Injuries have gotten so bad I am really questioning the enforcement by USA hockey.

ANSWERAll major penalties that fall into the Rule 411 and Rule 615 categories must be reported by officials using the USA Hockey Online Game Reporting System (with the exception of the Central District which uses a separate system). The USAH Game Reporting System is set-up to track reports using each player’s USAH Registration Number, and when that player hits the three-major penalty threshold (Rule 411) an email is automatically generated and sent to the local USAH Affiliate Disciplinary Body of the team.

Therefore, as long as the officials are following up their major penalty calls with reports the system monitors itself.

If you have further questions about this process or feel there are teams in your area that are not being held accountable to Rule 411, please contact your USA Hockey Affiliate (your local USAH Governing Body) through your team.

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2021-22 ATO | WEEK 32

By USA Hockey 03/11/2022, 6:15am MST

This week’s features: Suspended games...GoPro Cameras...Refusal to start play...and more.

QUESTION: Can I put a GoPro on the top of my helmet for a Bantam B game?

ANSWER: The USA Hockey Playing Rules do not permit any player or official to wear any type of camera during any USA Hockey sanctioned game.

 

QUESTIONI just wondered what the rule is on a coach following an official into the referee room after a game to dispute calls? Should this be tolerated?

ANSWER: Unless they are invited to enter, no non-officiating personnel should ever enter the Officials dressing room. This type of behavior should be reported to the Local Supervisor of Officials and Youth Hockey Association for proper discipline.

 

QUESTIONIf the goalie catches the puck but his own momentum carries his entire glove and forearm clearly across the goal line before he pulls it back out, is a goal still awarded even though the puck is not directly visualized across the line?

ANSWER: If the official determines the puck completely crossed the goal line while inside the goalkeeper’s glove, the goal should be awarded. This assumes there was no physical interference by the attacking team that caused the puck to cross the goal line.

 

QUESTIONHigh school hockey game suspended at 8:29 of the second period due to protective walls around rink being broken and not being able to be repaired. Score 2 to 1 at time. Game rescheduled for later date. Does game resume at 8:29 point or start over as less than half game played?

ANSWER: The USA Hockey National Office does not decide the outcome of suspended games. This decision is made by the local League or Youth Association hosting the game.

 

QUESTIONIn regards to Rule 633, when one team decides not to continue to play, does the ref have to follow the process (warn the Captain and allow the team 15 seconds , give a bench minor penalty, and if the same team refuses to continue play, the Referee shall suspend the game and assess a match penalty to the responsible Team Official(s).) Or can the ref decide not to speak to the coach and just submit an incident report for a match penalty?

ANSWER: Given the repercussions of a Match penalty (i.e. immediate suspension pending a hearing), it is very important that the game officials follow the correct procedure when managing a team that refuses to start play. This includes all steps listed in your question.

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2021-22 ATO | WEEK 31

By USA Hockey 03/04/2022, 6:15am MST

This week’s features: Goalkeeper interference...Control of the puck...Injured players...and more.

QUESTION: I was reffing a game this past weekend and a player high sticked the puck "on goal". The puck deflected off the goalie's chest back to the player who shot the puck in the net. In the rule book, it says the player must have complete control of the puck in order to negate the high stick, but does a save count as complete control?

ANSWER: A rebound off a goalkeeper is not considered “control” of the puck for the purposes of negating a potential High-Stick or Hand-Pass offense.

 

QUESTIONI had a 8U player get penalized for embellishment related to a tripping call that went against him? So they called the trip but also called embellishment against my player, so we played 5 vs 5. I have looked in rule 601 for Abuse of Officials and found no language of embellishment being a makable call. Any insight would be appreciated.

ANSWER: There is no “Diving” rule in the USA Hockey Playing Rules.

 

QUESTIONDelayed minor penalty coming against the home team. Home team gains possession and control just outside of their defensive zone. In those two feet between the neutral zone dot and the blue line. Where is the ensuing face-off?

ANSWER: In this situation, the face-off would occur in the Home Team's defending end-zone.

 

QUESTION: A player from Team A has the puck behind their net. A player from Team B skates just inside the goalkeeper's crease towards the player behind the net. Team A goalie sticks his catching glove up waiving it around blocking Team B players vision and direct path to Team A player behind the net. Team A had clear possession of the puck during the play. Is the goalie allowed to wave their arms around and block Team B players from skating through the crease in this situation?

ANSWER: While attacking players are not permitted to skate through the opposing goalkeeper’s crease (unless the puck is located in the crease), goalkeepers are not permitted to physically interfere with attacking players who do not have possession of the puck.

 

QUESTIONCan an injured player be on the bench with his team wearing a helmet and his jersey?

ANSWER: Yes, a player who is unable to play due to injury or illness (i.e. not suspended) may stand on the team bench during a game provided he/she wears a helmet, face-mask and team jersey. He/she should not be listed on the game roster as a player or team official. 

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2021-22 ATO | WEEK 30

By USA Hockey 02/25/2022, 6:15am MST

This week’s features: High-sticking...Buzzers...Helmet cameras...and more.

QUESTIONThis question has a two parts. 1. A player on the attacking team high sticks the puck while in his team's attacking zone. The official blows their whistle to call high sticking. Does the ensuing face-off take place at the nearest neutral zone face-off dot or is the face-off moved back to the offending team's defensive zone? 2. If high sticking the puck is called in the neutral zone, where does the ensuing face-off take place?

ANSWER: Rule 621(c) in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states,

“When the puck is played above the height of the shoulders with the stick, play shall be immediately stopped and a face-off conducted at one of the end zone face-off spots in the defending zone of the offending team unless:

1. The puck is batted to an opponent who gains possession and control of the puck, in which case play shall continue, or

2. A player of the defending team bats the puck into their own goal, in which case the goal is allowed.”

 

QUESTIONAs an official, I've noticed more youth and adult players with helmet cameras. I've seen helmets with built-in cameras and also ones with with a mount on the helmet itself. Although I'm unsure whether or not these decides are recording while on the ice are they HECC approved?

ANSWER: The USA Hockey Playing Rules do not allow players or officials to wear any type of camera during a game.

 

QUESTIONCan a player skate through the crease with the puck, and the goalie push out to make a poke check, and the skater makes contact with the goalie?

ANSWER: Attacking players may not make contact with the goalkeeper’s crease unless the puck is located in the crease. Furthermore, attacking players must maintain control of their skating at all times and avoid careless and reckless contact with the goalkeeper.

Rule 607(c) in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states,

“A minor plus a misconduct or a major plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to a player who body checks or charges a goalkeeper while the goalkeeper is within his goal crease or privileged area.”

 

QUESTIONWith one second left in a game, a player from Team A is on a breakaway when a player from Team B trips him from behind as the clock goes to "0:00". Should this have been a penalty shot? The player on Team A would have needed to shoot the puck before he was fouled in order to score, he had just crossed the blue line into the attacking zone when the foul occurred, we decided it was not a reasonable scoring opportunity. Would anything have changed if play had been stopped with any time left?

ANSWER: If a team commits a rule infraction that would result in a penalty shot but the game clock reaches 0:00 before play is stopped and the penalty is assessed, the player should be allowed to take the penalty shot before the game is considered complete.

 

QUESTIONScoring a goal during the buzzer at the end of the period. I think  I remember that the buzzer length is the tenths of a second left on the clock. So scoring during the buzzer sounding should be counted, as that means there is time left on the clock?

ANSWER: A period is over immediately once the game clock buzzer begins to sound.

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2021-22 ATO | WEEK 29

By USA Hockey 02/18/2022, 6:15am MST

This week’s features: Goal pegs...Stick-lifts...Pinning...and more.

QUESTIONUse of goal pegs, my understanding is guidance is use at "12U and up" and not at "10U & below"?

ANSWER: USA Hockey does not have any official policy regarding the use of goal-post pins. The decision of what playing levels should use them is left to the Local Associations, Team Officials, and Game Officials to make with the best interests of fair play and player safety in mind. We recommend contacting your local Youth Association to receive more information about their policies.

 

QUESTIONWhat is USA Hockey’s take on diving? If blatant, can a minor for unsportsmanlike be called?

ANSWER: Strictly speaking, there is no official rule for “diving” in USA Hockey. One would assume if our coaches are teaching the game correctly, this behavior would not be tolerated by any team bench. If any player is making an obvious attempt at drawing a penalty from an opponent, the official can speak with the player or coach and make it clear that type of behavior is unlikely to get a penalty the next time if it continues (btw, the next time might be a real fall from a trip or hook).

 

QUESTIONAlthough I know it is not permissible to have a back-up goalie sit in the penalty box to make room on the players bench i cannot find any rule reference to prohibit this action.

ANSWER: Rule 507.c in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states,

“Only penalized players and off-ice official(s), are permitted to occupy the penalty bench. Play shall not continue until any unauthorized persons have been removed.”

 

QUESTIONIf I am the defender chasing down an opponent on a breakaway, can I lift his stick and hold it up (shaft-to-shaft, never touching his hands or body with my stick)? Or is this a Hook?

ANSWER: "Stick-lifts" and "stick-presses" are permitted provided the opponent has possession of the puck, and the contact is restricted to the lowest portion of the opponent’s stick (near the blade). If the contact is made anywhere near the hands, then Hooking must be called.

 

QUESTIONBy Rule 604, it appears "pinning" is illegal unless the player is not attempting to play the puck. Correct?

ANSWER: Under the USA Hockey Playing Rule Standard of Play with regard to Body Contact, a player may use size and strength to complete for the puck and gain an advantageous position on an opponent. However, if his actions unfairly restrict the movement of an opponent or unfairly take an advantage away from an opponent, then they should be penalized under Interference or Holding.

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2021-22 ATO | WEEK 28

By USA Hockey 02/11/2022, 6:15am MST

This week’s features: Offsides...Sweater ads...Stick contact...and more.

QUESTIONLooking for clarification on when a goalie attempts to cover a puck with his glove. An official told me that although kids are taught to "play until the whistle," this does not apply in this situation. He stated the play is deemed dead, regardless of whether the whistle was blown or not.

ANSWER: Rule 625.a in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states:

“A minor penalty shall be assessed for interference. This includes the following actions which shall be penalized under this rule:
Any player who makes physical contact, using his stick or body, in a manner that interferes with the movement of the goalkeeper, unless otherwise specified in the rules”

Furthermore, Rule 634.d states:

“A minor penalty shall be assessed to any player who makes stick contact with an opposing goalkeeper while he is in his goal crease and who has covered or caught the puck, regardless of whether or not the Referee has stopped play.”

 

QUESTIONIn the Crease. For a player to be called in the crease for USA Youth Hockey, is the call when he is in the blue or within the 6' half circle?

ANSWER: Rule 625.b in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states:

“A face-off shall be conducted at the nearest neutral zone face-off spot anytime an attacking player stands, holds his stick, or skates through the goal crease provided the puck is in the attacking zone, the attacking team has possession of the puck and the goalkeeper is in contact with the crease.

No goal may be scored with an attacking player in the goal crease unless the puck has preceded the player(s) into the goal crease or the goalkeeper is out of the goal crease area.

However, if the attacking player has been physically interfered with by the actions of a defending player that causes him to be in the goal crease, play shall not be stopped and any legal goal scored shall be allowed.

(Note) The goal crease area shall include all the space outlined by the semi-circular crease lines (including crease lines) and extending vertically to the level of the top of the goal frame.”

 

QUESTION: What is the correct call if the defending team shoots the puck out past there own blue line & it bounces off their own player & goes back into their end zone while there is still an attacking player inside their blue line?

ANSWER: Situation 24 under Rule 630 in the USA Hockey Playing Rule Casebook states:

“A defending player shoots the puck into the Neutral Zone. It then deflects off another defending player in the Neutral Zone back into his Defending Zone while an attacking player is in the zone. Is the play off-side?

Yes. Rule Reference 630.b.

Any deflection, whether off a teammate, an opponent, an Official, or the boards or glass creating an off-side situation at the blue line, must be treated as such. The puck deflecting off a defending player is not the same as a defending player carrying or passing the puck back into his Defending Zone.”

 

QUESTION: A player is on a near breakaway, and gets hooked from behind. while off balance, he runs into the goalie. the defensive player was called for hooking. Is the player who ran into the goalie because of the hook called for interference? I'm assuming that type of penalty would be the same if he was cross-checked or tripped into the goalie.

ANSWER: Attacking players are always expected to maintain control while skating toward the net, and they must avoid reckless contact with the goalkeeper.

However assuming the attacking player was skating under control, and the defending player’s actions caused him to lose control and run into the goalkeeper then the attacking player should not be penalized. This would be similar to an attacking player stopping short of the goal to avoid contact, and being knocked into the goalkeeper by a defender.

 

QUESTIONWhat are the regulations for advertising on hockey jerseys for youth hockey? Where can they be found? We have s sponsor that has requested the advertising.

ANSWER: There are no advertisement restrictions for team sweaters in the USA Hockey Playing Rules. As long as the general rules are followed,

-  Completely covers the upper-body
-  Identifying player numbers
-  All similar in color

You’re free to place sponsor adds any place on your team sweaters.

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2021-22 ATO | WEEK 27

By USA Hockey 02/04/2022, 6:15am MST

This week’s features: Sight lines...GoPro's...Game assignments...and more.

QUESTION: A player receives major plus game misconduct penalties for fighting, plus a match penalty for removing an opponent's helmet. What penalties are served and for how long? The game I watched had the players team kill a 10 minute major penalty. Is that correct?

ANSWER: Assuming one player on Team A receives Major plus Game Misconduct and Match penalties, and no player on Team B receives any Major or Match penalties to cancel any of the five-minute shorthanded time for Team A, then Team A will skate shorthanded (non-terminating) for ten minutes.

 

QUESTIONCan my son's 12U coach suspend my son for a game at his own discretion, because he thinks that he plays too aggressive? His assistant coaches disagree and I would like to know the rule under which he can suspend a player based on his discretion.

ANSWER: Unfortunately, we cannot answer this question at this forum since it does not regard the USA Hockey Playing Rules. Ultimately, this issue is between the player, parents, coaches and hockey director. Therefore, we encourage you to contact your local hockey association to find out more information.

 

QUESTION: How visible do the lines etc have to be on the rink and which USA Hockey rule applies?

ANSWER: The simple answer is “as visible as possible”. Unfortunately, since all rinks are private entities outside of the control of local hockey associations there is no way to enforce any type of ice quality standard other than having the local hockey associations move games and practices to a different location.

 

QUESTIONAre GoPro's allowed to be worn during games in an Adult Hockey League? Looking at Rule 304 and Rule 308 there should be no problem wearing a GoPro over the age of 18 in an Adult League.

ANSWER: Under the current USA Hockey Playing Rule interpretations, no cameras (helmet mounted or otherwise) may be worn during any USA Hockey sanctioned games.

 

QUESTION: How do i book games to ref?

ANSWER: The USA Hockey National Office does not coordinate game assignments or game assignors. In all cases, USA Hockey games in your local area are either assigned by an Independent Contractor Assignor or Local Officiating Association who makes an agreement with the local hockey associations and leagues.

Typically, there is time allotted at each Level 1 Classroom Seminar where the local game assignment process is reviewed and contact information is shared (e.g. “Email John Smith when you receive your Card and Crest”).

Furthermore, the assignment process varies across the country. In some cases, a local assignor makes phone calls and emails confirming availability for games, and in other cases officials are asked to join an online assignment software system where they plug in weekly availability and receive games to confirm each week.

To find out more about the assignment process in your area, we recommend contacting your local USA Hockey representatives using the contact information listed through the Officiating Directory. You can use the Officiating Directory link under the OFFICIALS tab at USAHockey.com to find more information.

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2021-22 ATO | WEEK 26

By USA Hockey 01/28/2022, 6:15am MST

This week’s features: Competitive contact...Time-out strategy...Face-off positioning...and more.

QUESTIONDuring injury timeout, is the coach allowed to give instructions at the bench like a regular timeout?

ANSWER: There is no playing rule preventing a coach from either team from discussing strategy (or calming emotions) during an injury timeout.

 

QUESTIONOn a center ice, last-play face-off, does the referee dropping the puck face the scorer's box as usual? My partner had me face the other way so my back was to the benches and scorer's box, his reasoning was so that he could watch the benches during the face-off.

ANSWER: During Center-ice Face-offs, the official dropping the puck should face the timekeeper at the start of each period, and then face the benches during any other situation (after goals, premature goalkeeper substitution, or last-play).

 

QUESTION: If the rink roof leaks and partially collapsed during a game at 5:05 left to play in the 2nd. Will this game be rescheduled or will the final score be what it was when ref’s cleared the ice and suspended the game?

ANSWER: Unfortunately, we cannot answer this question at this forum due to the fact that it does not regard the USA Hockey Playing Rules. You must contact your League Administrators to learn more how Suspended Games are treated in your league.

 

QUESTIONAre there restrictions for players playing up? Specifically a 8U player playing 10U. I was told that it is not allowed by USA Hockey. Is this true?

ANSWER: We encourage you to contact your District or State Registrar (through your local hockey association) with this question. Registrars are responsible for tracking all team rosters and player eligibility in their respective areas.

 

QUESTIONPrimarily at the 10U level, I see a defending player attempting to play the puck, loose their own balance, which then causes the attacking player to fall. Should this be considered tripping even though the defending player was attempting to play the puck?

ANSWER: This question is very difficult to answer without seeing the play first-hand, and due to the different components of Competitive Contact. With that being said, the philosophy of ADM Hockey is players are encouraged to compete for possession of the puck (whether attacking or protecting). In general, as long as the players are focused on the puck (two hands on the stick, eyes focused downward, etc.), then any resulting competitive contact should be considered incidental and not penalized.
 
When one player diverts focus from the puck and makes overt or intentional contact with an opponent’s body in a Body Contact Classified game, then the action should be penalized.
 
However, “attempting to play the puck” is not an excuse for an “obvious” tripping infraction. This is why a player who dives at an opponent on a break-a-way and trips him should be penalized if his actions trip the opponent (regardless if contact is made with the puck).

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2021-22 ATO | WEEK 25

By USA Hockey 01/21/2022, 1:30pm MST

This week’s features: Kicking the stick...Vaping...Illegal contact...and more.

QUESTIONIf a child is caught vaping non-narcotic juice what is the policy of USA Hockey?

ANSWER: USA Hockey Playing Rule 601.f states:

"The use of tobacco products, vaping products or alcoholic beverages by any player or team official is prohibited in the rink area, including the bench areas and off-ice official area. A warning shall be issued by the Referee for the first offense by any participant and any subsequent violations by the same team shall result in a game misconduct penalty being assessed."

 

QUESTIONWhen play is in an end-zone and coming from behind the net up along the boards, the referee is stated to keep moving backwards along the boards out towards the blue line until play moves away. Is it okay to step off the boards and let a player with the puck pass or pivot out and around multiple players if going up the boards will inevitably lead to being in the way and possible contact?

ANSWER: For guidance on proper referee positioning in the end-zone, please consult the USA Hockey Basic Officiating Manual (pg. 17).

 

QUESTION: An attacking player is on a breakaway. They take a shot on goal and score, but lose control and slam into the goalie within the crease. Is the goal still awarded even though a penalty will be given for goalie interference? If the puck crossed the goal line immediately after making contact with the goalie in the crease would this change whether or not a goal is awarded?

ANSWER: An attacking player may not make contact with the goalkeeper who is positioned in his/her goal crease, and the attacking player may not push the goalkeeper who has possession of the puck into the goal to score a goal. If this happens, the goal must be disallowed and the attacking player should be assessed a penalty for interference or charging depending on the degree of contact (seeUSAH Rule 607(c) & (d) – Charging).
 
That being said, if the puck is shot into the goal prior to the illegal goalkeeper contact then the goal should be awarded. The resulting illegal contact after the goal should be penalized as normal.
 
If the puck enters the goal AFTER the illegal goalkeeper contact, then the goal should be disallowed.

 

QUESTIONWhat are the actions taken by the referee following a “kick shot”?

ANSWER: USA Hockey Playing Rule 627.c states:

"Kicking the puck shall be permitted provided the puck is not kicked by an attacking player and entered the goal either directly or after deflecting off any player including the goalkeeper. However, the puck may not be played by the so called “kick shot,” which combines the use of the leg and foot driving the shaft and blade of the stick and producing a very dangerous shot."

If the puck enters the goal through use of a "Kick Shot", the goal must be disallowed. If the puck doesn't enter the goal, play should be stopped. In both situations, the face-off should be located at the nearest neutral zone spot.

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