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

By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar


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

ANSWER: Whereas any illegal tactic must be penalized, we also must recognize that two players may be battling for the puck and the normal body position principles must be applied. As long as the two centers are attempting to play the puck, have established body position and are simply trying to maintain it, the battle should be allowed to continue. However, if one center intentionally plays the body of the opponent with no effort to play the puck, or impedes the opponent in any way other than maintaining proper body position, a penalty for interference would be warranted.



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