Ask the Official: Legal & Illegal Goals


By Dave Zednik

QUESTION: Does a goal count if the puck goes into the net off an attacking players skate, whether there was a kicking motion or not?

ANSWER: The difference between legal and illegal goals depends on whether the puck was “directed” (intentional) or “deflected” (no intent) into the goal. A player may not deliberately kick or “direct” the puck into the opponent’s goal. However, a shot or pass that “deflects” off an attacking player’s skate and enters the goal shall be allowed.

Categories: Officials


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