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11th Annual USA Hockey Disabled Festival Is Best Yet

By USAHockey.com, 04/14/15, 4:00PM MDT

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Avalanche Claim 2015 Toyota-USA Hockey Sled National Title

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The eleventh annual USA Hockey Disabled Festival concluded on Sunday (April 12) and was a success on all fronts. The three-day event saw a record 71 teams and nearly 1,000 players participate in the largest disabled hockey event of its kind.

“The 2015 USA Hockey Disabled Festival was a smashing success,” said J.J. O’Connor, USA Hockey Disabled Section chair. “It was wonderful to see so many athletes with a disability coming together for the largest disabled hockey event ever. Our goal was to provide an opportunity for the participants to leave with a smile on their face and I believe we reached our goal.” 

Highlighting the Festival was the fifth annual Toyota-USA Hockey Adult Sled Hockey National Championship that saw the Colorado Avalanche claim their second-ever title and first since the inaugural event in 2011. Led by current U.S. National Sled Hockey Team members Tyler Carron (Fort Collins, Colo.) and Nikko Landeros (Johnstown, Colo.), the Avalanche defeated the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Blackhawks and fellow national team members Kevin McKee (Chicago, Ill.) and Brody Roybal (Northlake, Ill.) in the championship game, 4-2.

Carron, Landeros, McKee, Roybal, and the rest of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team will return to Buffalo for the 2015 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship, which will take place April 26 to May 3, 2015, at HARBORCENTER. 

The Festival encompasses all four disciples of disabled hockey; deaf/hard of hearing, special hockey, sled hockey, and standing/amputee hockey. This year’s event also included a blind hockey showcase game for the first time in Festival history. The demonstration game featured players from the newly formed Courage USA team playing alongside their Canadian counterparts from the Toronto Ice Owls and Les Hiboux de Montreal. 

The USA Hockey Disabled Festival, which takes part in different parts of the country each year, will return April 6-9, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan. 

NOTES: For complete stats from the 2015 Toyota-USA Hockey Adult Sled Hockey National Championship, click here … The mission of the USA Hockey Disabled Festival is to provide a fun and exciting weekend of hockey in a grand event as well as promote and grow disabled hockey throughout the country … The inaugural Festival in 2005 included 24 teams and nearly 300 players … For more information on the 2015 IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships, click here. For complete coverage of Team USA, click here … The 2015 USA Hockey Sled Hockey Jamboree will take place at Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey, June 19-21, 2015. For more information, click here … For more information on the Blind Hockey Showcase game, click here … Nominations for the 2015 USA Hockey Disabled Athlete of the Year are due April 19, 2015, and can be found here.

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QUESTIONA player received her second misconduct during a game and was assessed a game misconduct. The player had to skate in front of the opponent's bench to get to the rink exit, and as she did multiple players on the opponent's bench began banging the boards and cheering (essentially taunting her). A bench minor was assessed for unsportsmanlike like conduct to the cheering team. Was this an appropriate unsportsmanlike call?

ANSWER: This behavior by the non-penalized team should be penalized under Rule 601 for “taunting”. If the behavior is only committed by one player, then that player should be penalized. However, if the entire team engages in taunting behavior, and the team coaches make no effort to stop it, then a bench minor penalty would be correct.

 

QUESTION: During a game there is a scuffle following a check-from-behind into the boards. I reach the scuffle and notice Player A has his hand on the throat of Player B and is pushing him backwards towards the boards. I couldn't tell if he was squeezing the throat or not. What is the correct call? Would this just be a minor for roughing (or something else), or considered a match penalty for attempt to injure?

ANSWER: Considering the USA Hockey Playing Rules mandate a Major plus Game Misconduct for Grabbing the Face-mask, a Match penalty should be assessed to any player who grabs an opponent’s throat. What other rationale could apply to this situation other than the offending player is “attempting to injure” the opponent?

 

QUESTIONA puck was motionless in the high-slot and an attacking player was skating in from just past the center-line. I (as a goalie) came out to the puck and knocked it away. Just after knocking the puck away, that player and I collided and he fell down. We were moving about the same speed (not super fast). It was pure chest to chest contact. The referee told me that he would assess a penalty if I did that again. What is the USA Hockey's assessment of that interaction?

ANSWERIt's very difficult to answer this question without actually seeing the play. However, due to the fact that strict rules exist that limit player contact with the goalkeeper, it stands to reason that goalkeepers cannot make any reckless contact with players. In the situation you describe, the opposing forward did not have possession of the puck therefore they may not be checked.

However, if the contact was unavoidable, non-injury threatening and incidental from a clean battle for a 50/50 puck then the contact could be deemed “Body Contact” and not against the rules.

 

QUESTIONTeam A receives a minor plus misconduct, and Team B receives a minor during the same stoppage of play. Since the minors are coincidental, does the misconduct start as soon as the coincidental minors end? Or does it start after two minutes and a whistle?

ANSWER: In any case where a player is assessed a minor plus misconduct, they must serve the entire penalty time in the penalty bench and the misconduct would start immediately once the minor expires.

 

QUESTIONAttacking player in attacking zone bats the puck towards the net. The goalie decides to cover the puck and play is blown dead. Does this constitute as a “Hand Pass” situation? Do goaltenders count as player that can nullify “hand passes”? Where does the following face-off take place in the above situation?

ANSWERThis situation is not a Hand-Pass since a teammate never touched the puck. The USA Hockey Playing Rules allow a player to bat the puck with the hand, but it may not be played by a teammate immediately following. Since a teammate never touched the puck, there is no Hand-Pass violation.

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The USA Hockey Playing Rules are now available as a mobile device app! Check your Apple, Android, or Windows app store to download this playing rule app free of charge.

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QUESTIONCan a referee call a High-Sticking penalty against a player if the player's stick hits the referee above the shoulder after the referee drops the puck during a face-off?

ANSWER: Officials cannot penalize accidental stick contact with a player, even if it results in an injury. However, any intentional attempt to injure an official or intentional injury of an official should result in a Match Penalty.

 

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ANSWER: Under the USA Hockey Youth Playing Rules, mouthpieces and neck-guards are not required equipment at the 10U level. However, leagues and hockey associations are entitled to strengthen equipment rules with approval by the local governing USA Hockey Affiliate. Therefore, we encourage you to check to see if any additional rules apply in your games.

 

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ANSWER: In this situation, the Team B penalty (assuming it is a minor) is recorded but not served. Play resumes 5 v. 4.

 

QUESTIONIn a U10 game, a penalty is assessed to the attacking team. Due ti an officials' error, the face-off is not moved outside the attacking zone. The attacking team scores, and the coach notifies officials of their error. The officials disallow the goal and have ensuing face-off in neutral zone. Is it correct for the goal to be disallowed on the officials error?

ANSWER: Due to the fact that this goal resulted after a face-off location error by the officials, the goal must be allowed.

 

QUESTIONIf a goalkeeper and an opposing player receive coincident minor penalties does someone have to serve the penalty time for the goalkeeper even though it’s a coincident minor?

ANSWER: The “spirit and intent” of the Goalkeeper Penalty rules (Rule 407) in the USA Hockey Playing Rules is the offending team must lose a player when a goalkeeper commits an infraction. Therefore, despite the fact that the two minors are coincidental and result in immediate substitution (play resumes 5 v. 5), the offending team must still place a substitute player (who must be one of the players on the ice at the time of the infraction) in the penalty bench to return at the first stoppage after two minutes.

 

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QUESTION: Four weeks ago, an official called a penalty against an attacking player for trying to kick the puck out of the crease back to his stick. Now fast forward to this past week, the same situation happens again and both officials state there is no such rule. Which set of officials was correct?

ANSWERProvided the kicking motion does not make contact with the goalkeeper or any opponent, there is no rule in the USA Hockey Playing Rules that prevents a player from kicking the puck.

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“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.

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QUESTIONCan a substitute goalie serve a misconduct penalty for another player? For example, a player receives a Spearing penalty (5+GM), can the back-up goalie serve the 5-minute major?

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QUESTIONWhat is the rule on mercy rules for 12U level games? If both teams would still like to continue playing in the third period even if one team has a very large lead, is it true that refs are not allowed to continue reffing the game.

ANSWERUSA Hockey does not have any official rules regarding “Mercy Rules”. These are left to the local association or league to determine since they are the ones purchasing the ice slots and managing the operations of the local games.

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