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Rule 31: Facial protection and mouth guard

Point 1: There are three permissible types of protection that can be attached to the front of a skater’s helmet: cage, visor and full visor.

Point 6: All skaters in the U18 age category must wear a helmet with a cage constructed in such a way that neither the puck nor a stick blade can penetrate it.

Point 9: All skater in the U20 age category must wear a mouth guard.

Rule 49: Puck in play

Point 3: The puck must be kept in motion or be played at all times. If either or both teams refuse to play the puck, the on-ice officials will stop play, and the ensuing faceoff will take place at the nearest faceoff spot to where the puck was situated when play was stopped.

Rule 81: Onside

Point 6: If a skater from the defending team who is in the neutral zone or attacking zone moves the puck back inside his defending zone (by stickhandling, passing, or kicking the puck) while skaters from the attacking team are in that zone, the play is onside. However, a rebound from an attacking player, or any other action by an attacking player (using stick or body) against an opponent that causes the puck to bounce away from the defending player, or affects the movement of the puck back into the defensive zone, will be considered offside.

Rule 97: Disallowing a goal / game action

Point 5: No goal will be allowed if a skater enters the game illegally from his players’ bench and takes part in any game action (including gaining a territorial and / or numerical advantage) and his team scores a goal while he is on the ice.

The following video shows a situation where there was no violation of the rules affecting a change of players and, moreover, the change did not affect the situation at the opposition net, so the goal should be awarded.

Rule 98: Scoring a goal / goal frame off

Point 1: If a defending player displaces his goal frame and the opposing team scores a goal, the goal will be allowed provided:

  1. The opponent was in the act of shooting prior to the goal frame being displaced;
  2. The referee determines the puck would have entered the goal net had the goal frame been in its normal position.

Point 2: The goal frame is considered displaced if:

  1. Either of the two goal pegs is not in its respective hole;
  2. It has come off one or both pegs.

Rule 99: Use of video goal judge to determine goals

Point 7: The following are the only situations subject to review by the video-goal judge:

7.1. Puck crossing the plane of the goal line;
7.2. Puck in the goal net prior to the goal frame being displaced;
7.3. Puck entering the goal net at the expiration of a period;
7.4. Puck directed into the goal net by any part of an attacking skater’s body;
7.5. Puck deflected into the goal net off an on-ice official;
7.6. Puck struck with a stick above the height of the crossbar by an attacking skater prior to entering the goal net;
7.7. Puck entering the goal net from a second shot following a rebound off the goalie during a penalty shot or post-game shoot-out.

Rule 114: Delayed penalty call — puck control and goals

Point 5: On a delayed penalty, the offending team cannot score a goal by its own means. This means that any deflection of the puck off a player, or any physical impact on a playing on the non-offending team that results in the puck entering the net of the non-offending team will not be counted as a goal. The game should be stopped (where possible) before the puck crosses the goal line and the delayed penalty should be assessed.

Rule 120: Broken stick — playing / replacing a dropped / abandoned stick

Point 4: A player whose stick is broken may receive a stick from a teammate on the ice. This exchange, however, must be made hand-to-hand or slides the stick to his team mate as long the moved stick does not become involved in the game or causes distraction for opponent players.

Point 5: A teammate who throws or shoots a stick to him will be assessed a minor penalty. The player receiving the stick will not be penalized.

Rule 136: Delaying the game / substitution following an icing call

Point 2: A coach who attempts to make an illegal substitution after an icing call, forcing a delay in the game while the referee or linesmen organize the correct lineup, will be issued a warning by the referee for the first violation. A coach who attempts for a second time to make substitutions for the purpose of delaying the ensuing faceoff will be assessed a bench-minor penalty.

Rule 165: Throwing a stick or object

Point 7: An identified player who throws any part of a stick or any object onto the ice at an opponent who is not in possession of the puck will be assessed a minor penalty.

Point 8: Any player or team official who recklessly endangers an opponent by throwing a stick, any part of a stick, or any other object at an opposing player or official will be assessed a major penalty plus a disciplinary penalty until the end of the game.

Rule 171: Awarding a penalty shot / breakaway

Point 1: If an attacking skater is on a breakaway and is fouled by an opponent from behind, or by the opposing goaltender, the skater will be awarded a penalty shot. A foul from behind is defined as any violation committed directly or diagonally behind a player (outside of the player’s peripheral vision) that would normally result in a penalty.

Point 4: A team can be awarded two penalty shots, but only in the event of two different violations of the rules in two different game situations. This could be a combination of a delayed penalty shot following a one-on-one breakaway, and a subsequent violation from a continued attack after the initial offense.

Rule 175: Awarding a penalty shot / Skater falling on puck

Point 1: The position of the puck, and not the skater, is the determining factor

Point 2: If a skater falls on, holds, gathers the puck into his body, picks up the puck with his hands, or conceals the puck with his hands from the ice in his team’s goal crease when the goaltender is on the ice, the referee will award the opposing team a penalty shot for handling the puck.

Point 3: If a skater falls on, holds, gathers the puck into his body, picks up the puck with his hands, or conceals the puck with his hands from the ice in his team’s goal crease when the goaltender is not on the ice, the referee will award a goal to the opposing team.

Rule 178: Penalty shot procedure / specific situations

Point 5: If any of the following occurs, the goal will count:

5.1. the puck hits the goal post and rebounds into the goal net;
5.2. the puck hits the goaltender and rebounds into the goal net;
5.3. the puck hits the goal post and then the goaltender and into the goal net;
5.4. the puck hits the goaltender and then the goal post and into the goal net;
5.5. the puck hits the goaltender who slides, together with the puck, into the goal net;
5.6 the goaltender plays the puck and, without deflecting off the attacking player, the puck bounces over him and into the net.

Rule 179: Awarded goals

Point 7: A goal should be awarded if the goaltender intentionally moves the net from its moorings during a one-on-one breakaway, a penalty shot or a post-game shoot-out.

Rule 216: Delay of game / Goaltender — removing facemask

Point 1: A goaltender who deliberately removes his facemask during game action in order to stop play will be assessed a minor penalty.

Rule 226: Awarded goals / fouls by a goaltender

Point 2: If, during the course of a penalty shot, the goaltender intentionally removes his mask, helmet, blocker or glove with the intention of halting play, a goal will be awarded.

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