Checking from Behind
When a player delivers a body check to an opponent directly from behind, or diagonally from behind, this is called. The responsibility is on the player delivering the check to not hit from behind.
- body checking or pushing an opponent from behind directly either into the boards, goal frame, or in open ice
- body checking or pushing an opponent from behind when the numbers on the back of the opponents jersey are visible. Exception: hits that occur when the opponent turns his body immediately before or simultaneously with the hit
- A check from behind is a check delivered on a player who is not aware of the impending hit, therefore unable to protect or defend himself, and contact is made on the back part of the body. Exception: when a player intentionally turns his body to create contact with his back, no penalty shall be assessed
- Any player who cross-checks, pushes or charges an opponent from behind when the player is unable to protect or defend himself, a major penalty shall be assessed. This penalty applies anywhere on the playing surface.
- Point of contact to opponent's back (area of opponents back # and including mass area between shoulder blades)
- Opponent unable to protect himself
- Directly from behind