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04-08-2009, 09:21 AM
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USA Hockey rulebook faceoff location

I have a question about a pretty specific example in one of my recent games. Say team A fires the puck all the way down the ice for an icing, automatic icing is called, but the other official overrules and says that on the way down the put deflected off the point man for team B, nullifying the icing.

Now where is the faceoff supposed to take place? My opinion is center ice, seeing as it was an officials error on the call. However, the officials called the faceoff all the way down in Team B's zone. This seems to be supported by USA hockey rulebook rule # 620(f), although it doesn't give much explaination.

why should team B be at a disadvantage because of an incorrect call?

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04-08-2009, 09:51 AM
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That is a dicy one. The rulebook says that in this case it should be where the puck was "last played". Now USA Hockey is ticky in that it doesn't have "touch" icing. If it did, the puck would have been last palyed deep in team B's zone. That then says the puck was last touched elsewhere, usually deep in team A's zone as the most common instance of this being botched is when a short handed team ices the puck and the official forgets there is a power play. In this scenario, which is slightly different than yours, the "last touch" is techincally deep in team A's zone. it obviously wouldn't be fair to bring it all the way back.

The way we were instructed to interpret the rule is that, even though the puck isn't physically touched when it crosses the goal line, the last play is deep in team B's zone and as such it would be at the face off dot deep in team B's defensive zone.

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A similar call was made in my last game, an icing was called on our team by mistake because we were killing a penalty and the referee called the faceoff to be deep in their zone which the other team complained about saying that it should have been at centre ice, which I thought too.

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