Most of Hockey rules can be divided up into three sections
If icing is called then the puck comes all the way back to the defensive zone for a face-off.
2) Offside in Hockey
When moving the puck into the attack zone, the puck must enter the zone before any offensive player or offside is called. This means that any time the puck leaves the offensive zone all the offensive players have to come back over the blue line and then get the puck back into the offensive zone before they enter it. If you are ever watching a hockey game and wondering "why are those guys are skating back and why is that guy skating parallel to the blue line instead of attacking?". Well, now you know.
There is also offside for a two-line pass. This is where a pass is made from the defensive zone over the blue line and the red line before it's touched by another offensive player.
3) Hockey Penalties
As in many sports, there are many possible penalties in ice hockey. Unlike many others sports, the hockey player committing the penalty may have to go to the penalty box for a length of time and his team will have to play short-handed. This is called a power play for the other team and is a great scoring opportunity.
Some hockey penalties include:
Boarding - A violent check of a hockey player when they are facing the boards. They get smashed up against the boards and can get injured.
Cross-checking - checking another player with your hockey stick held in front of your body in both hands.
Elbowing - That's right no elbows. Use your shoulders!
High Sticking - hitting another hockey player above the shoulder with the stick.
Holding - grabbing another player or another player's hockey stick.
Hooking - using the hockey stick or blade to hold up another players progress.
Tripping - That's right you can't trip or you go to the penalty box.
Other hockey rules surround the crease or area around the goal. Players must not interfere with the goaltender inside the crease.
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