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Getting To Know the NHL Rulebook

Everything you ever wanted to know about the NHL Rulebook

Yes, the Goal Counts

Antoine Roussel scored a controversial goal for the Dallas Stars against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 on Saturday. Here's why it counted.

Too Many Men

It's an obscure NHL rule, but the Philadelphia Flyers managed to have too many men on the ice with five skaters at full strength.

No Goal

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw made a nifty play by headbutting the puck into the net. Why didn't it count, and should it count in the future?

NHL Rulebook: Fight Instigator

One of the NHL's most controversial rules dates back to the 1930s. What does the current NHL rulebook say about the fight instigator rule?

NHL Rulebook: Fighting

Hockey's most controversial yet condoned behavior gets examined in this next post of Winging It in Motown's series on the NHL rulebook.

Let's Take Another Look

Elliotte Friedman's latest 30 Thoughts brings up something interesting the League's trying to do with goalie interference and offsides.

Changing the Rules

The NHL announced some minor rule changes for the 2014-15 season. How badly did they screw it up this time?

There's a New Sheriff in Town

Stephane Quintal takes the reins from Brendan Shanahan as the new Senior VP of Player Safety, but is anything really going to change?

NHL Rulebook: Physical Fouls 2

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

NHL Rulebook: Boarding, Charging

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

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

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

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

NHL Rulebook: Off-ice Officials

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

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

NHL Rulebook: Referees

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

NHL Rulebook: Intent to Blow

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

NHL Rulebook: Goalie Penalties, Discipline

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

NHL Rulebook: Awarded Goals and Delayed Penalties

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

NHL Rulebook: Penalty Shots 3

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

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

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

We finish Rule 23 on Game Misconducts.

NHL Rulebook: Matches and Misconducts

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

NHL Rulebook: Major Penalties

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

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

NHL Rulebook: Minor Penalties

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

NHL Rulebook: Delayed Penalties

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

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

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

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

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


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