Clipping is the act of throwing the body, from any direction, across or below the knees of an opponent. Clipping can be considered as by either the act of a player making a hit on an opponent or by the act of a player taking a hit from a player.

A player may not deliver/accept a check in a “clipping” manner, or lower his own body position to deliver or accept a check on or below an opponent’s knees.

Examples include:

  • An illegal “low hit” is a check that is delivered by a player or goalkeeper who may or may not have both skates on the ice, with his sole intent to check the opponent in the area of his knees.
  • A player who crouches down near the boards to avoid being body check and who, as a result, causes an opponent to tumble over him, will be assessed at least a minor penalty.

Key references:

  • Body position in low stance (knee height of opponent)
  • Dangerous/unnecessary movement to make body contact with opposing player’s knees 
  • Crouch down manner to avoid check (at opponents knee level)