Roughing

Roughing includes, but not limited to, a punching motion with the hand or fist, with or without the glove on the hand, normally directed at the head or face of an opponent.
A player cannot use his hands or extend his arms to body check an opponent or deliver a body check or use unnecessary roughness (aggressive nature) for the purpose of inflicting punishment.

Examples include:

  • intentionally playing the body of an opponent, in an aggressive nature, who does not have possession or control of the puck
  • delivering a check to a player who has already relinquished control of the puck by a pass or shot (more than a stick length in distance and/or approximately 1 second). This is often referred to as "finishing a check"
  • any avoidable contact after the whistle shall be penalized strictly, including scrum situations. Officials are instructed to assess an additional penalty to those player(s) acting as the aggressor or players who initiates any avoidable contact after the whistle.


Key references:

  • Free hand as weapon
  • Excessive force
  • Location of impact

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