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Rule 627 | Kicking Opponent or Puck

Rule 627 | Kicking Opponent or Puck

(Note 1) Kicking is the action of a player deliberately using his skate(s) with a kicking motion to propel the puck or to contact an opponent.

(Note 2) A "push-off" with the skate is defined as the action where a player uses their skate(s) in a non-kicking motion to make contact with the opponent.

(a) A major plus a game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player or goalkeeper who uses their skate to “push off” an opponent. 

(b) A match penalty shall be assessed to any player or goalkeeper who kicks, attempts to kick or recklessly endangers an opponent by kicking.

(c) Kicking the puck shall be permitted provided the puck is not kicked by an attacking player and entered the goal either directly or after deflecting off any player including the goalkeeper.
     However, the puck may not be played by the so called "kick shot," which combines the use of the leg and foot driving the shaft and blade of the stick and producing a very dangerous shot.