Hockey rules: Handling the hockey puck with your hands

Hockey rules: Handling the hockey puck with your hands

Hockey is a game played with sticks, which means there are very few circumstances when you should be using your hands to touch the puck.  But what are the rules, and when *can* you touch the puck with your hands? USA Hockey Rule 618: Handling the puck with your hands...
Hockey rules: What is hockey embellishment (or diving)?

Hockey rules: What is hockey embellishment (or diving)?

Embellishment is a widely discussed topic in hockey. If you have ever watched soccer, you may see embellishment every time someone is touched. But in hockey it’s much less common. So what is embellishment in hockey, and why do most people get the rule wrong?...
Hockey rules: Delay of game

Hockey rules: Delay of game

A rule in hockey that has many different parts is USA Hockey Rule 610: Delaying the Game. A delay of game penalty can be called in a number of different scenarios. But to think of it simply: it is any action which causes a stoppage of play that would not have happened...
Hockey rules: Broken hockey stick

Hockey rules: Broken hockey stick

A broken stick, or any broken equipment, can be a serious issue when playing hockey. Because of this, USA Hockey has specific rules related to what to do when your hockey stick breaks while you’re out on the ice: Rule 605. According to the rule, a broken stick...
Complete list of all ice hockey penalties

Complete list of all ice hockey penalties

There are a lot of penalties in hockey, although you will usually see the same ones called over and over (tripping, interference, hooking, etc. We will do more stories on what each of these penalties mean, but for now here is our complete list of ice hockey...
How to become a hockey referee with USA Hockey

How to become a hockey referee with USA Hockey

If you are looking to become a hockey ref with USA Hockey, there are a few steps you need to follow in order to receive your crest. Do not expect the process to be quick or easy, but once you go through all of it, it will be well worth it. Reffing is a great way to...