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Skates

Situation 1

During play, the Referee notices that a player’s skates do not conform to the rules. What procedure must the Referee follow?

At the next stoppage of play, the Referee shall order that player off the ice until the skates have been replaced. Rule Reference 302(a).

Even though the rule states that the player must be ordered off the ice “immediately,” the Referee shall not stop play for this infraction.

Situation 2

During the pre-game warm-up, the Referee notices that a player’s skates do not conform to the rules. Should the Referee order their replacement immediately or should he wait until the player participates in the play?

The skates must be replaced before the player is allowed to play. Rule Reference 302(a).

When the Referee notices the skates are not permissible, it becomes his responsibility to inform the player that the correction must be made.

Situation 3

May a “player” (non-goalkeeper) wear goalkeeper’s skates during play? No. Rule References 302(a & b).

Goalkeeper’s skates are specifically designed for goalkeeper’s play and cannot be used by a skater.

Situation 4

May an On-Ice Official wear goalkeeper’s skates to officiate a game? No. Rule References 302(a & b).

Goalkeeper’s skates are specifically designed for goalkeeper’s play and cannot be used by an official.

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