Getting To Know the NHL Rulebook

Everything you ever wanted to know about the NHL Rulebook

NHL Rulebook: Physical Fouls 2

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Checking from behind, clipping, and elbowing highlight this latest list of offenses.

NHL Rulebook: Boarding, Charging

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We begin the first section for penalties starting with those classed as Physical Fouls. Why shouldn't you board or charge at people?

NHL Rulebook: Physical Abuse of Officials

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Rule 39 covers verbal abuse and threats. Rule 40 covers physical abuse and attempts to injure. The consequences are not pretty.

NHL Rulebook: Abuse of Officials

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Players should already make an effort to respect the officials. The penalties for doing otherwise should convince everyone else to respect the stripes.

NHL Rulebook: Video Review

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The rules governing the NHL's use of video review are messy, but just how bad is it?

NHL Rulebook: Off-ice Officials

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This won't be fun, but it will be necessary. Official Scorer, Game Timekeeper, Penalty Timekeeper, Goal Judge, and Real Time Scorers are covered.

NHL Rulebook: Linesmen

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That other set of stripes has a job to do on the ice. We list them here.

NHL Rulebook: Referees

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Referee duties and what happens if they can't continue.

NHL Rulebook: Intent to Blow

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Yes, in fact, there ARE legitimate cases for the infamous "Intent to Blow" rule.

NHL Rulebook: Goalie Penalties, Discipline

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Goaltenders hardly ever serve their own penalties, but they're still capable of taking them. Also read about Rule 28 on supplemental discipline.

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NHL Rulebook: Awarded Goals and Delayed Penalties

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Scoring without scoring and too many men in the penalty box highlight this rulebook post.

NHL Rulebook: Penalty Shots 3

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Honestly, you'll probably never see some of these rules in action, but don't you want to look smart when they do happen now that I jinxed it?

NHL Rulebook: Penalty Shots 2

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A team's already broken the rules and now there's a penalty shot. What happens if further rules are broken while a penalty shot is happening? Find out here.

NHL Rulebook: Penalty Shots

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Part 1 of penalty shots covers the procedures from the call and placement of the puck at center ice to the actual shot attempt.

NHL Rulebook: Game Misconducts Cont'd

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We finish Rule 23 on Game Misconducts.

NHL Rulebook: Matches and Misconducts

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More subsections on the different ways referees can punish players who've been very naughty.

NHL Rulebook: Major Penalties

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The next rulebook post takes a look at the consequences of major penalties and what can happen in some particularly strange circumstances.

NHL Rulebook: Coincidental Penalties

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One of the more convoluted sections of the rulebook, we try to not get you more confused.

NHL Rulebook: Minor Penalties

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Minor penalties, bench minors, and double-minors, Oh my! We cover the nuances and other situations associated with minor penalties.

NHL Rulebook: Delayed Penalties

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Ever wonder what happens if the other team scores on a delayed call when you're already shorthanded? What about if your team takes more than one penalty? We have answers for you right here.

NHL Rulebook: Goalie Equipment

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We finish off our commentary on Section 3 of the Rulebook dealing with equipment. Goalie equipment, illegal equipment, and pucks are left on the agenda.

NHL Rulebook: Hockey Sticks 3

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Coaches can request stick measurements before penalty shots and shootout attempts. The price is high if they're wrong though.

NHL Rulebook: Hockey Sticks 2

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Did you know a goal can't be disallowed even if the referees measure the goal-scorer's stick and find it to be illegal?

NHL Rulebook: Hockey Sticks

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In which we cover a lot of details about hockey stick sizing, and I complain about the wording of the rulebook!

NHL Rulebook: Jersey Time!

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In which I don't find anything in the rules about tucking jerseys in.

NHL Rulebook: Injuries

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Hockey's a violent sport. Players get hurt. What do the rules say happens when players get hurt? Find out here.

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