Ask the Official: What are some guidelines to be considered when assessing interference penalties to players other than the centers during face-offs?

By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar


QUESTION: What are some guidelines to be considered when assessing interference penalties to players other than the centers during face-offs?

ANSWER: Any time the stick or arm is used to impede the opponent, it is pretty obvious that a penalty should be called. Where the inconsistency comes into play is the use of the body and not properly applying the body position principles. Once a player, defending or attacking, has established their space and is simply trying to occupy that space, they are doing so legally and the onus is on the opponent to try to move around them. Interference occurs when one of the players changes their established space for the sole purpose of impeding the opponent by setting a pick or a block that prevents the opponent from continuing on in their established skating lane or prevents them from occupying the space they are entitled to.



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