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Icing is one of the simpler rules in ice hockey yet always confuses new players.


An icing is called when the attacking team shoots the puck past the opposing goal line before crossing center ice. Upon an Icing infraction being called, the referee whistles and a faceoff takes place in the offending team's defensive zone. This rule is meant to prevent an unnecessary waste of time by continuously shooting the puck in the opponent's zone.

In the following cases, an icing will not be called:

  • If an opponent touches the puck after it has been shot and before it crosses the goal line
  • If a teammate touches the puck past the red line (in this case it is considered a missed pass rather than icing)
  • If an opponent could have touched the puck but refrained from doing so
  • If the offending team is shorthanded

In certain leagues including the NHL, touch icing is used. In touch icing, the whistle will not be blown by the referee unless a defending player touches the puck before a player of the offending team. In this way, a faster team can "dump" the puck to the other end without infraction provided they can reach it before the other team.



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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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