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Delayed Penalty with a Player Already in Penalty Box

We had a player already in the penalty box. With 11 seconds left in that penalty, the opposing team scored a goal while we had a delayed penalty. It was my assumption that the delayed penalty is ...
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Who comes out of the penalty box after goal?

Suppose that Team 1 has players Adam and Bob. Adam takes a double minor penalty, and during the powerplay, Bob takes a 2 minute minor. Then, on the 5-on-3 powerplay, Team 2 scores a goal. Assuming ...
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Why do centres take face offs in hockey?

I almost always see the centres take the face offs in the NHL. Is this part of the rulebook? If not, why isn't more common to see other players take face offs. I can understand why defensemen don't ...
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What resets the counter for a hockey assist?

When I was listening to a Sirius NHL broadcast this morning, as they were going through the recap and highlights, they mentioned that a player had gotten a goal that was marked unassisted, as he got ...
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Is offside called when a defender plays the puck into an attacker from a delayed offside?

Suppose a delayed offside is in effect, and a member of the defending team who gains control of the puck attempts to clear it. The puck inadvertently strikes an attacker when the attacker is still ...
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Why might a defenceman not be penalised for interference, if they knock down or push opponents who are in or near the crease?

Interference is generally any kind of action that prevents an opponent from being able to play hockey "properly". However, sometimes a defenceman seems to interfere with an opponent near the goal ...
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Covering Puck in Crease

I know that it is a penalty shot if you conceal/cover/fall on the puck while it's in the crease ("No defending player, except the goalkeeper, will be permitted to fall on the puck, hold the puck, pick ...
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What's the English term for this double-elimination tournament variant?

I was looking at rules for a double-elimination tournament but it seems that I growned up where double-elimination tournaments are totally different from the rest of the planet. The double-...
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What happens if an own-goal is scored during a delayed penalty shot (ice hockey)?

The NHL rules are contradictory in this circumstance, and do not specify what course of action is to be taken. I know this is a little contrived, but is not a long-shot to occur. Relevant rules, ...
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Puck going out of bounds 'directly' off faceoff

"When the puck goes outside the playing area directly off the face- off, regardless as to which player may have last contacted the puck, the face-off shall remain in the same spot and no penalty will ...
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How far out of the net can a goalie freeze the puck in the NHL?

Hockey goalies wear glove on one hand to catch the puck. I've seen the goalies freeze the puck by putting their glove on the puck when it's on ice feet outside of the crease. What are the goalie ...
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Whats the rule with broken stick / Object in play for ice hockey?

Rule 10 of the NHL rule book defines sticks and can be found Here I do not see an outline or ruling on what the proper course of play is when a player's broken stick is on the ice. Sometimes ...
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What is the difference between illegal substitution and too many men on ice in the NHL?

During the Montreal Canadiens vs New York Rangers game on April 16 2017, the referees called an illegal substitution on the Rangers, but strangely not too many men on ice. This happened during the ...
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Can a penalty be declined in the NHL?

The Edmonton Oilers scored 2 short-handed goals on San Jose Sharks during the 2nd game of the first round 16-17 playoffs. Even though a team on a powerplay has one more skater than the other team, if ...
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At the end of the season, what decides tiebreakers in the NHL? [duplicate]

If at the end of an NHL seasons if 2 teams tie in points, who gets the higher seed? What break ties? And if that thing is tied too, what further breaks the tie? And what would a perfect tie be?
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Boarding, NHL vs USA Hockey

in the USA Hockey casebook, I came across an interesting little nugget. "Player A1 pushes teammate A2 into an opponent who is thrown against the boards violently enough to warrant a boarding penalty. ...
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Do minor penalties become penalty shots when there is “insufficient playing time”?

A couple of situations that call for minor penalties in the rulebook become penalty shots if they are committed when there is "insufficient playing time" to serve them (applies to regulation and ...
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Illegal Substitution and Awarded Goal

This is about an awarded goal on an illegal substitution in NHL hockey, or what I think would make for one. This has to do with an illegal substitute trying to stop disaster from occuring. Call it a ...
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Delayed Offside Question (faceoff location, puck out of bounds)

Just FYI, I've delved into detail with this question, but for good reason. I have found it next to impossible to get this answered accurately, so I try and describe it best as I can. Thanks for ...
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Puck completely crossing the goal line for a legal goal - does it need to be placed to settle beyond the line too?

The puck has to entirely cross the goal line in the net to count as a goal. Does that ​include a case where the puck is standing vertically on end parallel to the goal line but just a sliver beyond it,...
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How is it decided in hockey which team wears white or colored jersey?

I occasionally watch hockey games, and sometimes, the home team wears the colored jersey, sometimes it is the away team. This rule seems to change from time to time, so as a casual viewer it is not ...
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Empty net, attacker in the crease: should a goal be allowed or disallowed?

If a team has substituted the goalkeeper for a sixth skating player, and the opponent team has scored on the empty net while an opponent attacker was in the crease, should the goal be disallowed? The ...
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Vegas NHL team and trades

If I remember correctly, the new Las Vegas NHL team will be picking third in each round of the 2017 Entry Draft and will be subject to the draft lottery as well. I have a question: Are the existing ...
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When did cross-checking become illegal in the NHL?

Does anybody know when the NHL prohibited cross-checking? Cross-checking occurs when a player checks an opponent by using the shaft of his or her stick with both hands [See Rule 59.1 of the NHL ...
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What action was Logan Couture referring to when describing Sidney Crosby as cheating on faceoffs?

I am a huge hockey fan but I am not 100% clear on the rules.. This has to do with the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs. So after last night's overtime victory, goal scored by Conor Sheary.. Crosby was ...
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Why does a player have to serve a Too Many Men on the Ice penalty?

When an ice-hockey team has too many players on the ice, it is given a "Too Many Men on the Ice" penalty. The rules recognize that this is not the fault of any individual player, and so assign a ...
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NHL Playoffs format

The NHL has been working around its overtime format. It used to be a 5 minutes 5 on 5 frame. It then got changed to 4 on 4 for a while and latter to 3 on 3 for the regular season. But watching the ...
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Can you kick a stick in NHL?

If a player drops his stick and a player of the opposing team kicks it away from him as he tries to reach for it, will the opposing player get penalized? A common situation would be when the goalie ...
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Illegal Stick Rule In NHL

The illegal stick rule has cobwebs on it. When was the last time a team was penalized for it, due to its blade being curved too much? Who were the teams? Back in the day some teams had a great eye for ...
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Hockey offsides: reconciling the definition of the zone with the tagging up rule

When a player is offsides in ice hockey, they can tag up by skating back to the blue line and having at least one skate in contact with the blue line, and then return back into the zone to continue ...
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What determines if a hand pass is legal in the NHL?

What are the conditions that make a hand pass legal or illegal? I have seen players swat the puck to a teammate and not get whistled for the a hand pass and I have see players get whistled for what ...
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Why have the number of power play opportunities steadily decreased since the 2005-2006 NHL season?

According to NHL stats found here, the number of total power play opportunities went from: 14,390 during the 2005-2006 season to 10,227 during the 2008-2009 season to 8,055 during the 2013-2014 ...
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Why did the NHL ban the spin-o-rama?

In 2014, the spin-o-rama shootout (and penalty shot) tactic was changed from 'explicitly allowed' in pre-2014/15 rules: The spin-o-rama type move where the player completes a 360° turn as he ...
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Consequences if linesman interferes with play?

During the 2014 Russian Olympics, the United States faced Canada in hockey. After a period of pressing on the US goal, the puck was cleared to the side. The linesman got in the way of a Canadian ...
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Linesman puts finger in the air after deking a face off

I was watching the LA Kings vs San Jose Sharks game tonight and saw something I hadn't see or realized before. There was a face-off in one of the defensive zones. The referee fake the puck drop and ...
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Why do ice hockey players get thrown out of the face off circle?

Why are players thrown out of a face-off? I've heard there is a certain procedure for these circumstances, but I haven't found a list of things that are considered 'illegal'.
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Is there a rule preventing two goaltenders at once on ice for the same team during NHL game?

This isn't a question about logistics of doing so, it's about rules: If a team decided — in a high-stakes, last 30 seconds game — to have a second goalie secure an 'outer perimeter'- or maybe a ...
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How come Belarus played 4–5 against Finland on IIHF World Championships?

In yesterday’s game BLR–FIN, at 59:16 with Belarus trailing 0–1, Belarussian player injured a Finnish player with a high stick, and received double minor penalty (2+2) for that. However, during the ...
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How is the slashing rule enforced in hockey?

From the NHL rulebook: 61.1 Slashing - Slashing is the act of a player swinging his stick at an opponent, whether contact is made or not. Non-aggressive stick contact to the pant or front of the ...