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2018-19 ATO Season: Week 7

By USA Hockey, 10/19/18, 6:15AM MDT


QUESTION: I have a question about the ability to call a penalty if you did not see it. I was working an Adult Rec-League game that does not require full face shields or cages. Out of the corner of my eye I saw a player from Team A fall down to the ice, but I didn’t see what caused it. At the next stoppage, a player from Team B was there with the player as I skated up to them. I do not remember what I said exactly, but the Team B player said that he caught the injured player in the face with his stick (basically admitting that he had injured the player).  At that point I issued a major plus game misconduct for high sticking because the player that got hit with the stick had a nice cut on his face and had been bleeding quite a bit from both his face and nose and had to leave the ice. Was this a correct action?

ANSWER: Given the loose competitiveness of a recreational Adult League game, if the offending player wants to force his team to play shorthanded for five minutes and remove himself from the game (injury results in 5 + GM) then we commend his personal accountability.

QUESTION: Is there a rule for goalies to wear socks, pants or an undergarment under the leg pads and back of calf to protect them?

ANSWER: There is no rule in the USA Hockey Playing Rules that states a goalkeeper must wear socks or another type of covering on their legs.

QUESTION: My partner had called a delayed penalty on the defending team when the puck was frozen by the goalie of the defending team.  A gathering of players ensued, during which both attacking defensemen approached the gathering below the tops of the face off circles.  Upon resumption of play, I attempted to begin play with a face-off in the neutral zone, due to the defensemen coming in during the gathering of players. My partner insisted that the face off should be in the defending zone because of the penalty.  I was sure that I was in the right face off location, because of the "infraction" by the attacking team.  Who is right in this situation?

ANSWER: In the scenario where play is stopped in an end-zone due to a penalty being assessed to the defending team, but attacking players enter the end-zone (past the tops of the face-off circles) during an ensuing altercation, then the face-off should be located at the nearest neutral zone face-off spot. In general, the face-off is always located outside the end-zone if the attacking team commits some type of rule infraction.

QUESTION: If a player breaks his stick while serving a penalty during play and play does not stop for the duration of the penalty, is the player allowed to re enter play without a stick?

ANSWER: A player may enter the game without a stick but he/she is restricted by all rules regarding holding, kicking the puck, and any other type of physical play.

QUESTION: What is a two-line pass?

ANSWER: The short answer is this is a rule no one needs to consider learning since no league has used it in the better part of a decade.

The long answer is, an Off-side Pass occurs when a player passes the puck located in his defending end-zone directly to a teammate who is positioned beyond (attacking side of) the center red line. The purpose and origin of this rule varies depending on your source, but the general idea was to prevent attacking players from “hanging” for a long break-out pass (kind of goes against the spirit of skill development and breaking the puck out of your defending zone).

To get a more clear picture as to how this rule was called, consider the defending blue line (where the origin of the pass must be located behind) like the center red line during an icing violation. The puck is passed from behind the defending blue line (from the defending end-zone) and over the center red line.

Similarly, the center red line is treated similar to the attacking blue line during an Off-side violation. The attacking player may not cross the center red line ahead of the puck and receive a pass from his defending zone.

The final factor is the pass must be direct. In other words, it cannot make contact with any player as it travels through the neutral zone to the attacking player beyond the center red line.

Admittedly, this description is a little abstract without visual aids. So use the link below to watch the video about the REMOVAL of the Off-side Pass (I told you it was archaic) from the EA Sports NHL Hockey video game,

The pass that occurs at 00:19s (and reshown at 00:26s) is an Off-side Pass. Notice where the pass originates and the fact that the receiver crosses the center red line before the puck is passed to him.