Ask the Official: Tripping


By Dave Zednik


QUESTION: As a defenseman, if I am standing still in a spot and an offensive player skates backwards without looking runs into me and falls down, should I be called for tripping?

ANSWER: A player is always entitled to the space they occupy on the ice. Therefore, if a player is standing still or skating, and an opponent collides with him/her and falls, the initial player should not be penalized if they did not change their skating lane, extend any part of the body, or perform some other action that purposefully causes the opponent to trip and fall.

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