Crease-Related Rule Check
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11-03-2006, 01:20 AM
Join Date: May 2002
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Our refs whislte the play dead and the face off is outside the zone for a crease violation. They should have been calling it earlier in the game. If the refs had enforced the crease violation rule you would have known better and not had to have lost a goal.
That is an IIHF rule. Under Hockey Canada rules, players are allowed to stand in the crease, so long as they're not physically interfering with the goaltender. However, no goal can be scored if the player precedes the puck into the crease. It's a player's risk to take by standing in the crease. Not only can you easily take a penalty if you interfere with the goaltender, but if the puck goes in while you're there before the puck, it's not going to count. On the other side of the coin, I always give goaltenders crap for hacking at players standing in the crease. I just say, "What's your problem? They can't score with him standing there before the puck gets to him."
Too many people think the NHL's rule (only a disallowed goal if the goaltender was interfered with) applies to every rulebook.
A rule of thumb for people playing recreational and minor hockey.... What you see in the NHL likely does not apply to your games. The NHL has some very different rules from what you see in the IIHF, USA Hockey and Hockey Canada rulebooks.
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