- 20 years of playing hockey and counting
- 5 years of competitive hockey (novice, atom, pee-wee (2 years) and bantam)
- won the Northern Ontario Hockey Association (N.O.H.A.) title 4 times
- won the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) title once
- finished third for the OHA twice
Stéphane has been playing hockey since he was 4 years old. He has played competitive throughout is youth until his late teenage years when school work came before competitive hockey. He played defence for the first few years of his career and then moved as a forward, where he is still playing. Right now he's playing hockey in a men's league in the Ottawa region.
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Icing is one of the simpler rules in ice hockey yet always confuses new players.
There are a lot of different infractions that can be called during a hockey game. These infractions are called penalties and usually end up with the player going to the penalty box for a finite amount of time. This amount of time depends on the nature of the infraction as well as the league in which you play.
The offside rule is a hard rule to understand when first watching the game of hockey. Basically, this rule stipulates that the puck has to enter the offensive zone (from the blue line to the net) before any player of the attacking team can enter that zone. If a player of the attacking team enters the offensive zone before the puck, all attacking players must be outside the offensive zone before they can re-enter it. An infraction will only be called if an attacking player touches the puck while in the offensive zone. A faceoff will then take place outside the zone, near the blue line.
This rule helps the defensive team greatly as all they need to do is shoot the puck out of their zone to force all the players from the attacking team to exit the zone in order to avoid a faceoff.
Listed below are some more confusing rules in hockey. Some of these rules vary per league or association, refer to your local hockey association for specific rules.
If you would like us to describe another rule which is not on the list please let us know via the "contact us" section.
Welcome to the Beginner's Corner!
If you have never skated before or if you are just starting and could use some pointers, then this is the place for you! Playing hockey can be challenging, it takes coordination, strength and endurance, but it's also a good exercise and a lot of fun to play! This section of THoR is a repository for useful information for people just starting in hockey. It contains, among other things, How-To's, off-ice exercises and drills that will enable you to become a full fledged hockey player. Also the basic rules of hockey are explained, like icing, off-side and some of the different penalties.
Good luck with your learning! Hopefully you get to enjoy hockey as much as we do!