COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The fifth annual USA Hockey Sled Classic, presented by the National Hockey League and hosted by the Washington Capitals, will take place Thursday through Sunday (Nov. 20-23) at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Virginia.
The event is part of the fourth annual Come Play Hockey Month, a joint effort between USA Hockey and the NHL.
The record 18-team field will include 200-plus athletes. Ten members of the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that won gold earlier this year in Sochi, Russia, as well as 11 current members of the 2014-15 U.S. National Sled Team will participate in the tournament.
"The NHL and its member clubs have been great supporters of the USA Hockey Sled Classic," said Jeremy Kennedy, manager of membership and disabled hockey for USA Hockey. "With the success our team had at the 2014 Paralympic Games, the interest in sled hockey continues to increase, and this year's tournament in Washington, D.C., includes two additional teams and a fourth tier."
Each of the 18 competing teams are affiliated with NHL clubs: Arizona Coyotes, Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Sled hockey teams will represent their affiliated NHL club by wearing official NHL licensed jerseys with local club marks and logos.
NOTES: The Colorado Avalanche hosted the inaugural USA Hockey Sled Classic in 2010. The Colorado Avalanche Sled Hockey Team won the four-team tournament … In 2011, the Philadelphia Flyers held the event in Vorhees, New Jersey, where the Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Team took first place among nine teams … In 2012, the Buffalo Sabres put on the tournament in Williamsville, New York, with the Dallas Stars winning the 'A' Division and the Washington Capitals capturing the 'B' Division ... Last year the Pittsburgh Penguins hosted the tournament in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Dallas Stars and Washington Capitals repeated as the 'A' Division and 'B' Division champions, respectively. The Nashville Predators won the inaugural 'C' Division ... Participating teams in the tournament must have an official affiliation with an NHL member club.
QUESTION: Goalie goes to the corner to play the puck, but turns the puck over to an attacking player. The goalie then body-checks the attacking player. Is this a penalty?”
ANSWER: Rule 640.f in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states:
“A minor penalty shall be assessed to any goalkeeper who body checks an opponent.”
QUESTION: After the whistle, Player A and Player B are jawing at each other. Player Red-A drops their gloves, looking to provoke a fight. Player B does not reciprocate, and Player A does not throw a punch. Referees step in the middle and separate the players. What penalty should be assessed to Player A, considering they seemed to be intending on fighting and attempted to provoke one, but did not actually throw a punch?
ANSWER: Rule 601.a in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states,
“A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct shall be assessed to any player who commits the following actions:
- Challenges or disputes the rulings of any official.
- Taunts or incites an opponent.
- Creates a disturbance during the game.
- Shoots the puck after the whistle, if in the opinion of the Official such shot was avoidable.”
QUESTION: What can an official do if a game will exceed the scheduled ice time? Rink management has no time to finish the game and no local league rule address this. Can you apply Rule 636.e and suspend the game?
ANSWER: The USA Hockey Playing Rules are written with the expectation that all games will be scheduled with enough ice time for completion. That is why you will find no reference about “Running Clocks”, “Mercy Rules”, or other time management devices. However, sometimes games are delayed or not enough ice time is purchased. In this case, the Rink Management is under no obligation to allow the game to continue if they have committed the next slot of ice to another customer.
Therefore, the Game Officials will have to work with the Team Officials to decide how to manage the result. In some cases, the game will be just a Rec-League friendly match and the final score is meaningless. However, the case of League Games or games involving “Tournament Bound” teams will need a resolution. In this case, the teams should not be allowed to select the final result (due to potential conflict of interest). The Game Officials will have to suspend the game and submit a report to the governing league or entity so they can decide the final result which will affect league standings. From there, it’s in the hands of the league to decide.
QUESTION: A goalie has altered and cut a deep "V" notch into the top of the paddle of his goal stick, on the back-side, approx 1" down from where the shaft of the stick and flat part of the paddle meet. The goalie has taped this area up to cover sharp edges? All other stick measurements are within legal standards. Is this stick legal to play with?
ANSWER: Provided the alterations to the stick do not make the stick’s dimensions illegal under Rule 301 in the USA Hockey Playing Rules and all rough or sharp edges have been covered to prevent injury to players, there should be nothing to prevent this stick from being used in a game. The USAH Playing Rules do not mandate that a goalkeeper’s stick-paddle must be completely straight-edged.
QUESTION: Player A loses his stick on the ice and play continues. A short while later as Player A goes to retrieve his stick, Player B uses his skate to move the stick out of the way using a kicking motion. Normally, this is a straightforward Interference penalty. In this case, when Player A picks the stick up as the penalty is being reported, the stick is unplayable as it is broken. Does that change the scenario?
ANSWER: In your situation, the fact that the stick was broken does not affect the call.
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