Ice Hockey Rules Interpretations - 2016-17

By NFHS on October 03, 2016 ice hockey

Publisher’s Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.
Robert B. Gardner, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2016

SITUATION 1: How many players must a team have in order to begin and continue playing a game? RULING: Six players must be eligible to begin the game (2-1-1). If for any reason a team is unable to place four players on the ice, the game must be terminated (4-9). NOTE: If a team has fewer players on the ice than the opponent, not related to penalties, it shall not be considered short-handed for the purpose of icing the puck. (2-1-1) 

SITUATION 2: A team skates 23 players during the warm-up. After the opening faceoff, 21 players are identified in uniform on the player’s bench. RULING: Minor penalty (captain’s choice of players) and one player must be removed from the player’s bench (unless modified by state association). (2-3-1)

SITUATION 3: Are goalkeepers permitted to be changed during play? RULING: Generally yes, as long as there is no more than one goalkeeper on the ice. Rule 2-5-2 covers replacing a goalkeeper with a player during play. If the goalkeeper was replaced by a player during play or at a stoppage of play, any goalkeeper may replace a player on the ice during play. Rule 2-5-11 covers changing goalkeepers during play. If a goalkeeper is replaced by a player at a stoppage of play, that goalkeeper is eligible to return to the ice once play resumes. (2-5-1)

SITUATION 4: Goalkeeper A is replaced on the ice with Goalkeeper B at a stoppage of play. What rules apply with respect to goalkeeper participation when play resumes? RULING: Goalkeeper A may not return to the ice prior to the next stoppage of play. Goalkeeper B may be replaced during the ensuing play with a player or with another goalkeeper other than Goalkeeper A. (2-5-11)

SITUATION 5: At 5:00, Player A1 receives two minor penalties. At 5:30, Player A2 receives a minor penalty. At 6:00, Team B scores. Which Team A penalty terminates? RULING: The first minor penalty to A1 terminates (the minor penalty with the least time remaining). Team A remains two players short. (4-2-2)

SITUATION 6: A Team A player checks a Team B player directly in the head area. RULING: This is direct contact, which is a flagrant foul, and a major or game disqualification penalty shall be assessed. (7-6-2)

SITUATION 7: A Team A player body-checks a Team B player in the chest area and the force of the check drives the contact to Team B’s head area. RULING: This is indirect contact to the head. A minor, major or game disqualification penalty shall be assessed. (7-6-3)

SITUATION 8: All players, excluding the goalkeeper, are within the vicinity of the faceoff circle. Player A1 begins to move after the official blows the whistle to initiate the faceoff process. RULING: Faceoff violation. (9-1-5)

SITUATION 9: Two players from Team A are positioned well outside of the faceoff circle. Player A begins to move after the official blows the whistle to initiate the faceoff process. RULING: Faceoff violation. (9-1-5)