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Are you a new hockey parent? Welcome to the club! It is very helpful to have a basic understanding of the game of hockey when watching your child play.

These are the two most common reasons you will hear a ref blow his whistle and stop the game:

OFFSIDES: This occurs when a player crosses the defending team's blue line before the puck. This rule is to prevent forwards from simply hanging out near the opposing team's goalie, waiting for the puck. It keeps the game fair and frankly more exciting. After the ref blows the whistle and calls "offside" a face-off will take place in the neutral zone on the side of the ice where the infraction occurred. If it's deemed an "intentional offside" (when a team intentionally goes offsides to stop play) then the face-off will occur in the offending team's defensive zone. You'll find that normally offsides is not intentional during your child's game, it's usually a matter of a player being aware of that blue line and making sure all of his team is not over it before the puck. "Offsides" is a common mistake for beginning players. 

ICING: Icing happens when a player shoots the puck from one end of the ice and the puck crosses both the center red line and the opposing team's goal line, and the puck remains untouched. If this occurs the ref will blow his whistle and play will be resumed with a face-off in the defending zone of the team that "iced the puck". This is usually not a good situation for the offending team because it literally moves the puck in front of their goalie which can lead to a goal scored against that team. One exception to the icing rule is when a team is shorthanded, such as after a penalty is called. In that situation the short-handed team is allowed to dump the puck without an icing penalty being called.  



Minor penalties are called for boarding, charging, cross-checking, elbowing, holding, hooking, high-sticking, interference, roughing, slashing, spearing, tripping and unsportsmanlike conduct. 



Hockey has three periods. In the NHL each period lasts 20 minutes. However, each period in your child's game will range between 11-15 minutes, depending on age and level of play.


This site it still under construction...a full explanation of penalties, periods and more is on the way.