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12-18-2013, 02:54 PM
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High Sticking

Quick question, didn't know where to put this question either since it's pretty general.

Anyways, what happens if the puck bounces in the air, say after a save, and you go to swat at it, miss and hit the goalie in the mask while swinging, but the goalie is down trying to make the save? So, the stick is below the crossbar, but you "high stick" the goalie.


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12-18-2013, 03:02 PM
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Should be a penalty, yes.

From USA Hockey:
QUESTION #3: Can you specifically define the “normal shoulder height” of a player for the purpose of determining High Sticking? Would this be while the player is standing perfectly upright or while the player is in a crouched (and lower down) skating stance? A player could change his shoulder height by quite a few inches depending on how “normal shoulder height” is interpreted.

ANSWER #3: The “normal height of the shoulders” is interpreted to be the normal positioning of the shoulders when the player is participating in the game (standing, skating, etc.). A referee would not ignore high stick contact just because the player bent his knees to brace for a body check.

The “spirit and intent” of the “normal height of the shoulders” language is to prevent the referee from penalizing marginal and incidental contact to the head of an opponent while the player is lying on the ice.

QUESTION #4: A few years ago it was not a penalty for high sticking if contact was made during follow-through after shooting the puck. In reading the current rules, it appears that this rule has changed?

ANSWER #4: The USA Hockey high sticking rules were changed during the nineties. Since then the USAH Playing Rules have always held all participants (especially at the youth level) accountable for controlling their sticks at all times.

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12-18-2013, 04:10 PM
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proabably get facewashed and/or punched by a dman and the ref either calls you both or none.

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