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.

Examples include:

  • 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.


Key references: 

  • 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

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