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04-23-2010, 11:16 AM
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Hfboards2010
 
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Originally Posted by noobman View Post
What you're doing is legal...
I think quoting the whole paragraph would be helpful.

Quote:
NHL.com, Rule 56.1, paragraph 3

[1] A player is allowed the ice he is standing on (body position) and is not required to move in order to let an opponent proceed.

[2] A player may “block” the path of an opponent provided he is in front of his opponent and moving in the same direction.

[3] Moving laterally and without establishing body position, then making contact with the non-puck carrier is not permitted and will be penalized as interference.

[4]A player is always entitled to use his body position to lengthen an opponent’s path to the puck,
provided
[a] his stick is not utilized (to make himself “bigger” and therefore considerably lengthening the distance his opponent must travel to get where he is going);
[b] his free hand is not used and
[c] he does not take advantage of his body position to deliver an otherwise illegal check.
As far as I am concerned, the best way to do legal interference is to skate in front of an opponent, in the same direction [2]. You will be able to delay him by anything from 1 to 3 seconds, legally.

If you face your opponent (e.g. skating backwards), you could be tempted to use your stick, hands or make contact. Those things are unlikely to happen if you skate forward with your back facing the opponent.


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