The stick should be used to propel, shoot or pass the puck or to poke check or use a suitable means with the stick on or near the ice level to maintain the opponent, who has control of the puck.

A player cannot use his stick against his opponent’s body puck carrier or not puck carrier:

  • To gain positional or distance advantage or to slow opponent down by:
    • Placing the blade or shaft of his stick in front of or on the side of the puck carrier’s body and making no attempt to play the puck
    • Extending his stick on the opponent’s body in front or aside to force the opponent to go around him skating backwards or skating forwards
    • Using the stick on the opponent’s body from either beside or from behind to get an advantage while on a one-on-one dash for a loose puck by either Player
  • To restrain or impede the progress of the opposing player
  • To reduce the opponent’s ability to pass or shoot the puck by placing the stick (”Poking“, ”Tagging“ or ”Jabbing“) on the hands or arms of the puck carrier
  • tugs or pulls on the body, arms or hands of the opponent which allows the space between the players to diminish
  • placing the stick in front of the opponent’s body and locking on – impeding the opponent’s progress or causing a loss of balance
  • stick used on the hand/arm that takes away the ability for the opponent to pass or shoot the puck with a normal amount of force or creates a consequence to the puck carrier as a result of the hook.

Key references:

  • Where is the stick?
  • Is there a consequence?
  • Stick blade position and location