Ask the Official: Stick Contact with Goaltender’s Mask

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By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar


QUESTION: What is the rule when a goalie comes out into butterfly position (on his knees), tries to stop the puck, and a player makes stick contact with the goaltender’s mask?

ANSWER: High-Sticking is defined as contact with an opponent above the normal height of the shoulders. This would exclude a goalkeeper or any player who has fallen to his/her knees. However, any stick contact with an opponent’s head while they are laying on the ice could be penalized for Slashing.



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