Kicking The Puck
are allowed to kick the puck anywhere on the ice surface whether or not
the puck is on the ice or if the puck is in the air.
Players can also pass the puck with their skates at any time
throughout the game but the only time that players cannot kick the puck is
if they try to kick the puck into the net.
goal may be scored if a player makes a ‘DISTINCT KICKING MOTION’ in an attempt to put the puck in
the opposing team’s net. If
a player kicks the puck into his own net then the goal will count.
is an example: Todd Bertuzzi
has broken his stick in the corner of the opposition’s end zone and he
is on his way to the bench to get a new stick.
As he is going from the corner to his bench, he crosses in front of
the opposing teams net when the puck comes to him.
So trying to sneak one past the referee’s he makes a ‘distinct
kicking motion’ and scores a goal.
The referee has not seen Bertuzzi commit this infraction of the
rules and points to the net for a goal.
The opposing team argues that Bertuzzi kicked the puck into the
net, so after consulting with his two linesmen the referee signals that
the goal will not count because Bertuzzi used a ‘distinct kicking
motion’ to score the goal. The
ensuing face-off will take place in the neutral zone at the nearest
face-off dot just outside the defending team’s blue line.
example also shows that linesmen can help the referee to make these
decisions as the referee may not have seen the play because he was looking
somewhere else on the ice or possibly he had his view obstructed by other
players on the ice. The
bottom line is that any ‘distinct kicking motion’ will not be allowed
for the scoring of goals.
Puck into net using Skate
rule is debated every time a situation happens during the course of a game
when a goal has occurred after the puck went off of an attacking
player’s skates. The key
point to remember is that the goal will count as long as there was no
‘distinct kicking motion’, but only a ‘distinct deflection’ with
the player’s skate.
example, a player is allowed to place his foot in such a way that the puck
that is coming towards him will hit the skate and be directed into the
net. This is perfectly legal but the debate as to whether or not the
player kicked the puck still comes up all the time.
this happens, the referee usually has to go to each of the coaches to
explain why the call was made. Of course this is a subjective decision and
the coach will often make an attempt at pleading his case, but he won’t
win. The goal will be disallowed and the face-off will take place in the
neutral zone at the face-off dot nearest to the defending team’s zone.
Jaromir Jagr has positioned himself in front of the net and is now
screening the goalie. One of
his defencemen shoots the puck from the point (near the blue line) and the
puck is traveling along the ice. Chris
Pronger who is the defenceman of the opposition team is holding onto
Jagr’s stick and Jagr is unable to get his stick on the ice to deflect
the puck that is coming towards him.
using some quick thinking, Jagr positions his skate in such a manner the
the puck will hit the skate and change directions (hopefully into the
net). The puck deflects off of Jagr’s skate and fools the goalie.
The puck goes into the net and Pronger’s team starts to yell that
Jagr kicked the puck into the net and that the goal should not count.
referee signals a goal and communicates to Pronger’s team that the goal
will count because Jagr did not kick the puck into the net, he only
deflected the puck into the net with his skate therefore the goal will
What would be
the call if Jagr intentionally deflected the puck into the net with his
shin or leg (not the skate)?
rules indicate that the goal would not count.
The only way that a player can intentionally deflect the puck into
the net without using his stick is by using his skate.
So, if Jagr positioned his leg in such a manner that the puck would
switch directions after hitting his leg and thus trick the goalie then the
goal would not count.
is where the referee’s judgment really comes into effect.
The referee must now determine whether or not Jagr intentionally
positioned his leg or if the puck hit Jagr’s leg accidentally.
It is much easier to make this call from the stands or when you get
to look at the play on a television that shows the play over and over.
The only thing is that the referee does not have these luxuries.
Refs have to make these decisions based on a split-second reaction and
through the use of the other on-ice officials.
They also may not be in the most optimal position to decide whether
or not a player intentionally directed the puck with their leg or if the
puck hit the leg accidentally.
instance, the referee may be in the right position to see all the players
in perfect view but he may not have seen Jagr intentionally deflect the
puck into the net with his leg because you must remember that Jagr isn’t
the only player on the ice. There
may be anywhere from one to eight players other than Jagr and the shooter
between the ref and Jagr. In these instances the referee will most often
ask the linesmen for their input but this may still not produce the proper
call. So the next time you
see this situation on the ice, remember that the referee and his partners
will do everything in their power to make the right call.
a goal is scored after deflecting off some part of the body, the referee
will usually allow the goal. Only if he is absolutely sure that the player
intentionally moved in such a manner so as to cause the deflection will it
be called back.
keep in mind that a player can move his skate anywhere he wants to deflect
the puck into the net, as long as he doesn’t deliberately direct the
puck with his skate.