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Rule 623 | Hooking

Rule 623 | Hooking

(Note) Hooking is the action of impeding the progress of an opponent with a pulling or tugging motion by applying the blade of the stick to any part of an opponent's body or stick. A player cannot use his/her stick against an opponent's body (puck carrier or non-puck carrier) to gain a positional advantage.

Actions considered hooking include tugs or pulls on the body, arms or hands of the opponent that reduces space between the opponents; placing the stick in front of the opponent's body and locking on that impedes the opponent's progress or causes a loss of balance; a stick placed on the hand/arm that takes away the ability for the opponent to pass or shoot the puck with a normal amount of force.

(a) A minor or major penalty shall be assessed for hooking an opponent.

(b) A major plus game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who injures an opponent as a result of hooking.