• Penalties and Referees Signals

 

Boarding

Checking (shoving) an opponent so that he is thrown violently against the boards.

Official Signal: Pounding the closed fist of the non-whistle hand into the open palm of the other hand.

 

Butt-Ending

Jabbing an opponent with the knob of their stick. A major plus game misconduct penalty

Official Signal: Moving the forearm, fist closed, under the forearm of the other hand held palm down.

 

Charging

Taking more than three skating strides prior to checking an opponent.

Official Signal: Rotating clenched fists around one another in front of chest.

 

Check-From-Behind

Jabbing an opponent with the knob of their stick. A major plus game misconduct penalty

Official Signal: Arm placed behind the back, elbow bent, forearm parallel to the ice surface.

 

Cross-Checking

Hitting an opponent with both hands on the stick and no part of the stick on the ice

Official Signal: A forward motion with both fists clenched extending from the chest.

 

Delayed-Penalty

When a referee signals that he is about to penalize a player, but will not stop play until the team to be penalized touches the puck.

Official Signal: The non-whistle hand is extended straight above the head.

 

Elbowing

Using an elbow in any way to foul an opponent.

Official Signal: Tapping the elbow of the whistle hand with the opposite hand

 

Goal

A goal is scored when the puck crosses completely over the goal line within the goal frame.

Official Signal: Referee points into the net.

 

Hand-Pass

Passing the puck using one's hand. This is legal inside a team's defensive zone, but illegal in the neutral zone and attacking zone, even if the pass originates from another zone.

Official Signal: Open part of hand displayed in a pushing motion.

 

High-Sticking

Striking your opponent while carrying the stick above shoulder level.

Official Signal: Holding both fists, clenched, one immediately above the other, at the side of the head.

 

Holding

Holding an opponent from moving with hands or stick or any other way.

Official Signal: Clasping the wrist of the whistle hand well in front of the chest.

 

Hooking

Holding an opponent from moving with hands or stick or any other way.

Official Signal: Clasping the wrist of the whistle hand well in front of the chest.

 

Icing-The-Puck

Intentionally shooting the puck from behind the center red line over your opponent's goal line.

Official Signal: The back referee of linesman signals a possible icing by fully extending his arm. The front referee or linesman indicates the icing is completed by extending his arm over his head. The back referee or linesman will then blow his whistle and skate to the face the spot. When he is standing on the face-off spot, he extends his arms to indicate the icing.

 

Interference

Illegal body contact with an opponent who is not in possession of the puck, or knocking an opponent's fallen stick out of his reach.

Official Signal: Crossed arms stationary in front of chest with fists closed.

 

Kneeing

Making contact with an opposing player when leading an outstretched knee.

Official Signal: Slapping either knee with the palm of the hand whilst keeping both skates on the ice.

 

Match

A five-minute penalty that carries an automatic game misconduct penalty. Often called for attempts to deliberately injure an opponent, official or fan.

Official Signal: Flat part of hand patted on head.

 

Pentalty-Shot

A free shot awarded a player who was illegally interfered with, preventing him from a clear scoring opportunity; the shot is taken with only the goalie guarding against it.

Official Signal: Arms crossed above head, giving signal of stoppage in play.

 

Possible-Icing

A warning signal to a possible icing (shooting the puck from behind the center red line over your opponent's goal line) once confirmed an icing call can be made.

Official Signal: Pass out of defensive zone.

 

Roughing

Contact with an opponent with the hand or fist when making a punching motion.

Official Signal: One punching motion to the side with the arm extending from the shoulder.

 

Slashing

Hitting an opposing player with the stick or swinging the stick at an opposing player.

Official Signal: A series of chopping motions the non-whistle hand across the straightened forearm of the other hand.

 

Spearing

Hitting an opposing player with the stick or swinging the stick at an opposing player.

Official Signal: A series of chopping motions the non-whistle hand across the straightened forearm of the other hand.

 

Tripping

Using a stick, knee, foot, arm, hand, or elbow to cause an opponet to trip or fall.

Official Signal: Strike the side of the knee (non-whistle side) and follow through once, keeping the head up and both skates on the ice.

 

Washout

A goal that is ruled invalid by the referee or the waving off of an infraction

Official Signal: A sweeping motion across the body, palms down.