A player is entitled to the ice he occupies as long as he is able to maintain his own skating speed and body positioning between the opponent and the loose puck.

A player not in control or in possession of the puck may not be hit or checked by an opposing player using his body, stick or hand.

Where two players are attempting to gain possession of or skating to a loose puck and make contact with each other, it is a part of the game and no penalty should be called, provided there is a regard for the puck by both players.

A player cannot use his body (”pick“ or ”block“) to impede the progress of an opponent with no effort to play the puck, maintain normal foot speed or established skating lane.

A player who injures or recklessly endangers an opponent by interference will be assessed a major penalty and game-misconduct penalty.

Examples include:

  • intentionally playing the body of an opponent who does not have possession or possession and control of the puck
  • using the body to establish a ”pick” or “block” that prevents an opponent from being able to chase a puck carrier
  • reducing foot speed or changing an established skating lane for the purpose of impeding an opponent from being able to chase a puck carrier

Key references:

  • restraining a non-puck carrier opponent
  • creating a ”pick“
  • making yourself bigger 

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