Heading into the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship, the U.S. Women's National Team will take part in a pre-tournament camp at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Washington, from March 18-24. A complete on-ice schedule is available here.
The U.S. will practice in Kamloops, British Columbia, before opening the IIHF Women's World Championship against rival Canada at 10:30 p.m. ET on March 28 at the Sandman Centre. The U.S. is the defending champion and has won five of the last six world championships (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015).
NOTES: The schedule for the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship is available here. The roster for the 2016 U.S. Women's National Team that will compete in the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship will be announced tomorrow, February 24 ... The team is being selected following the USA Hockey Women's Winter Training Camp that was held December 27, 2015 to January 1, 2016 at Schwan's Super Rink in Blaine, Minnesota ...Reagan Carey (Colorado Springs, Colo.), USA Hockey's director of women's hockey, is the general manager of the 2016 U.S. Women's National Team.
QUESTION: Can 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.
QUESTION: Are neck-guards and mouthpieces mandatory at 10U level?
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.
QUESTION: Team A is shorthanded, and Team B is called for a penalty but play continues because Team B has not touched the puck. During this time, Team A scores. Is the penalty called on Team B wiped out as it would be if the teams were at even strength?
ANSWER: In this situation, the Team B penalty (assuming it is a minor) is recorded but not served. Play resumes 5 v. 4.
QUESTION: In 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.
QUESTION: If 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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