hockey, it is legal for a player or goaltender to participate in the game
because a player or goaltender whose stick has been broken must drop the
broken portion to the ice immediately. Failing to drop the stick will
result in a minor penalty. It must also be noted that a player is allowed
to toss the broken stick to the side of the rink, as long as it does not
go over the boards, in order to get it out of the way as long as in so
doing he is not interfering with the play.
take a real beating on the ice. Whether it be from contact with other
sticks, the boards, the ice or repeatedly taking shots, sticks do wear
down and will break from time to time.
This is not a problem if the player with the broken stick decides
to drop the stick immediately and doesn’t participate in the play until
he receives a new stick.
player that is playing without a stick can only receive a new (non-broken)
stick from his players’ bench (not the penalty bench), or from a
teammate who is on the ice. He cannot get a stick from the goaltender,
since a player cannot participate in the game with a goaltender’s stick.
may see from time to time a player who has had his blade broken take a
swipe at the puck and miss the puck.
Providing that there were no opposing players around the player
holding the broken stick, you may not see a penalty called even though the
rule states that a penalty should be called.
The reasoning for this goes back to the Game Management factor.
If there are no opposing players that were affected by the attempt
to hit the puck with a broken stick and/or the puck’s path was not
altered in anyway, why should a penalty be assessed?
It didn’t affect the game so it may not be assessed by a referee
who doesn’t always call the game “by the book”.
To A Teammate
it was stated above that a player can only receive a stick from the
players’ bench, this means that the player must physically go to the
bench and grab a stick from a teammate or coach and not receive a stick
that was thrown to him from the bench.
example of this is when a player is ten (10) feet away from his players’
bench and all of a sudden a teammate throws a stick to this player (just
like seeing a javelin being thrown at the Olympics).
Referees may give one or two feet leeway of a stick being thrown to
a teammate on the ice, but when it becomes too obvious then a penalty will
most likely result. If the player on the ice catches or picks up the
thrown stick, then this player will receive a Minor penalty for
“Illegally receiving a stick”. If he doesn’t pick up the stick then no penalty will be
assessed to this player.
if the player or coach can be identified as the person that threw the
stick then this person will receive a Bench Minor (2 minute) penalty plus
a Game Misconduct. If he
cannot be identified then only the Bench Minor penalty will be assessed.
Needs A Stick
goaltender who breaks or loses her stick may use a stick of a player
handed to him by a player until the next stoppage of play.
In this case the player’s stick will not be considered an illegal
stick. A goaltender may not
continue to play with a broken stick of any kind. There was a time when
goaltenders were allowed to play with a broken stick, but that was in the
tend to have many opposing players coming close to them and bumping into
them from time to time throughout the course of a game.
This may cause the goaltender to either have his stick knocked out
of his hands or broken. When
this happens you usually see a defenceman from the goaltender’s team
hand him a player’s stick. This
is perfectly legal until the first stoppage of play, at which time the
goaltender must have one of his teammates bring him a new goaltender’s
stick from the players’ bench. If
the goaltender proceeds to his players’ bench during a stoppage of play
to receive an alternate goalie stick then a Minor penalty for Delay of
Game will be assessed against the goaltender.
here is a strange one that could come up in Minor Hockey. If the
goaltender does not have a spare “Goaltender’s Stick”, then the
goalie will be required to resume every stoppage of play without a stick.
Who came up with this rule?
easy way around that is for the goaltender’s team to always have one of
his teammates stand right next to him when the puck is being dropped to
resume play. The goaltender would then play with the player’s stick
until the next stoppage of play and then you would continue to repeat this
option, especially at the Minor Hockey level is to ask the opposing team
if they will permit the goaltender to use a player’s stick for the rest
of the game. If the coach
agrees, then there should be no problem of allowing the goaltender who
doesn’t have a back-up goaltender’s stick to use a player’s stick
for the remainder of the game.
that a player cannot throw a goaltender stick from the players’ bench to
the goaltender without being assessed the appropriate penalties.
‘Carries’ The Goaltender’s Stick Back To The Goaltender
a goaltender loses his stick it may end up quite some distance from the
net thus making it nearly impossible for him to skate to his stick, pick
it up and return to his net without a goal being scored when the play is
in the defending zone of the goaltender.
usually a teammate of the goaltender will pick up the goaltender’s stick
and bring it back to the goalie. This
is perfectly legal provided the player returning the stick to the
goaltender goes directly to the goaltender without participating in play.
If the player participates in play while carrying both the
goaltender’s stick and his own stick then a Minor penalty will be
assessed for carrying an “Illegal Stick”.
the player makes the commitment to carry the goaltender’s stick back to
him, he must complete this commitment or he will be penalized.
For instance, if the player on his way back to the goalie decides
to drop the goaltender’s stick and participate in play then he will be
assessed a Minor penalty for Interference.
Also, if the player decides to throw or slide the stick to the
goaltender then this player will be assessed a Minor penalty for
“Throwing the Stick” and if the goalie picks up this thrown stick he
will also receive a Minor penalty for “Illegally receiving a stick”.
‘Shoots’ The Goaltender’s Stick Back To The Goaltender
difference between ‘Carrying’ and ‘Shooting’ a stick is very
obvious. In one case a player has physically picked up a stick and
decided to carry it to the goaltender, and in the latter, the player using
his stick has decided to shoot the stick (similar to shooting a puck) back
to the goaltender.
will be no penalty assessed to either the shooting player or the
goaltender provided that the shot stick does not interfere with the play.
If the stick interferes with an opposing puck carrier or the puck
then a Minor penalty for Interference would be assessed to the player who
shot the stick along the ice.
A player can also kick any stick to a teammate
without being assessed a Minor penalty provided the kicked stick did not
interfere with an opposing player or the puck.
player who deliberately throws his stick or any other object at the puck
or the puck carrier in any zone will risk receiving a minor penalty,
unless the action results in the awarding of a penalty shot or a goal.
purpose of this rule is to prevent any unnecessary injuries being caused
by sticks. Can you imagine if players were allowed to throw their sticks
or gloves at the puck carrier or puck during the course of a game.
The ice would be littered with sticks, gloves and bodies that were
struck by these flying projectiles.
a player throws his stick or glove at the puck or puck carrier, the
determining factor to which penalty will be assessed is the position of
the puck or puck carrier. If
the puck carrier and/or puck is located in the defending zone of the
player that shot his stick or glove at the puck or puck carrier, then a
Penalty Shot will be awarded if the puck carrier does not score during the
time that the Referee has his arm up on delay.
the puck carrier or puck is located in any zone other than the defending
zone when the stick or glove reaches the puck carrier or puck, then only a
Minor penalty will be assessed to the player that shot the stick or glove.
Stick To A Teammate
player is on the ice skating around when he realizes that one of his
teammates does not have a stick and is trying to fend off an attacking
player in front of their net. He
decides to slide the stick along the ice to his teammate.
The player that threw the stick would receive a Minor penalty for
“Throwing the Stick” and if the teammate picks up the stick thrown to
him then he would also receive a Minor penalty for “Illegally receiving
a stick”. If he does not pick up the stick then he would not receive a