When a player commits an infraction, including body checking, for the purpose of intimidation or punishment that causes their opponent to be thrown violently or excessively into the boards, Boarding is to be called.

Examples include:

  • accelerating through the check to a player who is in a vulnerable position away from the boards that causes the opponent to be thrown violently into the boards
  • driving an opponent excessively into the boards with no focus on or intent to play the puck
  • any other infractions (tripping, cross checking, charging, etc.) that causes the opponent to be thrown violently and excessively into the boards
  • player checks or pushes a defenseless opponent in such a manner that causes the opponent to hit or impact the boards violently or dangerously. The severity of the penalty, based upon the impact with the boards, shall be at the discretion of the Referee.
  • Any unnecessary contact with a player playing the puck on an obvious “icing” or “off-side” play which results in that player hitting or impacting the boards. Where there is no contact with the boards, “charging” should be called.
  • There is a significant amount of judgment involved in the application of this rule. The onus is on the player applying the check to ensure his opponent is not in a defenseless position. If so, the checker must avoid or minimize contact. To determine whether such contact could have been avoided, the circumstances of the check, including whether the opponent put himself in a vulnerable position immediately prior to or simultaneously with the check or whether the check was unavoidable can be considered. This balance must be considered when applying this rule.

Key references:

  • No regard for the puck
  • Excessive force to an opponent into the boards
  • Opponent is defenseless