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Face-Off Locations

Situation 1

Player A1 is assessed a double minor penalty and player B1 is assessed a single minor penalty. The stoppage of play occurred in the Attacking Zone of Team A. Where is the ensuing face-off?

In the zone where the stoppage of play occurred at the nearest end zone face-off spot in Team A’s attacking zone. Rule Reference 612(b).

Regardless of the number or duration of penalties assessed to players of opposite teams, the face-off shall always be conducted where the stoppage occurred in this situation.

Situation 2

The Referee stops play and assesses minor penalties on one player of each team. If the stoppage takes place in the Attacking Zone of Team A, where is the ensuing face-off?

At the nearest face-off spot in the zone where the puck was last played, within face-off location rules. Rule Reference 612(b).

Because both infractions occurred during the play and were committed by both teams, a last play face-off occurs.

Situation 3

During play, Team A prematurely pulls its goalkeeper while Team B is in possession of the puck in its Defending Zone. The Linesman correctly delays the assessment of this “premature substitution” infraction. With Team B in possession of the puck, a Team B player high sticks the puck and play is stopped because no player on either team may legally play the puck. Where is the ensuing face-off?

At the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot to where the puck was last played. Rule Reference 612(b).

Because each team has committed an infraction of the rules, no player may legally play the puck. Typically, the face-off would be in the Team B defensive zone due to the play with the high stick, but the “premature substitution” by Team A requires the face-off to be moved to the Neutral Zone spot closest to where the puck was last played.

Situation 4

Where is the face-off when the puck strikes an Official and goes out of the playing area?

At the nearest face-off spot in the zone where the puck was last played. Rule References 612(b) and 631(a).

It makes no difference from where the puck is shot or in which zone the Official is located.

Situation 5

A player on the attacking team takes a shot on goal that hits the cross bar and goes directly out of play. Where is the ensuing face-off?

At the nearest end zone face-off spot in the attacking zone to where the shot was taken. Rule Reference 612(c).

The intent of this rule is to not punish a team for taking a good shot on goal and having the puck go directly out of play. This is the one exception to the rule that permits to conduct the face-off in the attacking zone after the attacking team actions caused the stoppage of play.

Situation 6

Team A commits an infraction in its Defending Zone. Before play can be stopped, the puck enters the Attacking Zone of Team A. When play is stopped in Team A’s Attacking Zone, where is the ensuing face-off?

At the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot. Rule References 612(c) and 409(a).

Any time a stoppage occurs as a result of the actions by the attacking team, the face-off cannot take place in the Attacking Zone.

Situation 6

A face-off is about to be conducted in the Attacking Zone of Team A. Before the puck is dropped, a player of Team A receives a minor, major or any other penalty. Where is the ensuing face-off?

At the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot. Rule References 612(c) and 409(a).

Whenever an infringement of a rule has been committed by a member of the attacking team in the Attacking Zone, the ensuing face-off shall be taken to the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot.

Situation 7

A Team A player commits a penalty infraction while Team B has possession of the puck in Team B’s Defending Zone. During the delayed calling of the penalty, Team B advances the puck into its Attacking Zone whereupon a Team B player commits a penalty infraction. Play is stopped immediately and both penalties are assessed. Where is the ensuing face-off?

At the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot. Rule References 612(c) and 409(a).

The two infractions did not occur at the same time even though they will be recorded as such, and the reason play was stopped was because of the infraction committed by an attacking player in his Attacking Zone.

Situation 8

During the second period, a player in his defending zone attempts to pass the puck to a teammate in the neutral zone. The puck strikes the glove of an opponent who, while seated on his players’ bench, has a glove resting on top of the boards inside the blue line. Where is the ensuing face-off?

At the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot. Rule Reference 612(c).

The stoppage was caused by an attacking player on the bench. If the Referee had deemed the action to be deliberate, he may assess a minor penalty for interference.

Situation 9

If an attacking player commits an infraction of the rules in his Attacking Zone after there has been a previous stoppage of play in that zone by a defending player (non-penalty), where is the face-off?

At the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot. Rule Reference 612(c).

It makes no difference what penalty is assessed or if it has occurred before or after a stoppage of play. The infraction by the attacking player causes the face-off to take place at the nearest Neutral Zone faceoff spot.

Situation 10 (14 & Under Age Classifications and Older Only)

The puck is shot into Team A’s Attacking Zone with player A3 just inside the blue line. While the Linesman is correctly signaling a delayed off-side infraction on Team A, player B6 gains possession and control of the puck and attempts to move the puck out of the zone. During this attempt player B8 commits a minor penalty infraction. The Referee immediately stops play. Where is the ensuing face-off?

At the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot. Rule References 612(c) and 630(d).

Even though the minor penalty infraction to Team B caused the stoppage of play, there was still a delayed off-side infraction on Team A. Because the delayed off-side was not nullified, the face-off must be conducted at the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot.

Situation 11

The Referee has signaled a penalty against the attacking team. The defending team shoots the puck on the back of its own goal. Where does the face-off take place?

At the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot. Rule Reference 612(c).

Regardless of the fact that the defending team caused the stoppage, the face-off must still be held in the Neutral Zone because of the penalty infraction to the attacking team.

Situation 12

A stoppage of play in the Defending Zone was caused by a defending player and the Official assessed the defending team a penalty. Subsequently, during the same stoppage of play, an attacking player is assessed a penalty. Where is the ensuing face-off?

At the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot. Rule Reference 612(c).

The stoppage of play was not caused by the actions of players from both teams for the purpose of establishing a last play face-off. The penalty by the attacking player causes the face-off to occur at the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot.

Situation 13

A stoppage of play in the Defending Zone was caused by a defending player and the Official assessed the defending team a penalty. Subsequently, during the same stoppage of play, an attacking player is assessed a penalty. Where is the ensuing face-off?

At the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot. Rule Reference 612(c).

The stoppage of play was not caused by the actions of players from both teams for the purpose of establishing a last play face-off. The penalty by the attacking player causes the faceoff to occur at the nearest Neutral Zone face-off spot.

Situation 14

During play the Referee signals a delayed penalty on a Team A player in his Defending Zone. During the delayed whistle a Team B player plays the puck with a high stick. The Referee stops play due to this “high sticking” violation. The Referee then properly assesses the penalty to the Team A player. Where is the ensuing face-off?

At a Neutral Zone face-off spot near the Defending Zone of Team B, which caused the stoppage of play by high sticking the puck. Rule Reference 612(c) and 621(c).

Regardless of the fact that the penalty infraction was committed by a defending player in his Defending Zone, the ensuing face-off cannot take place in the Attacking Zone of a team that has just committed an infringement of a rule. This is the same face-off location as if Team B had iced the puck.

Situation 14

A player of the attacking team is assessed a penalty in his Attacking Zone, thereby forcing the face-off to the Neutral Zone. However, before play resumes a player of the defending team commits a foul and is assessed a penalty. Where is the ensuing face-off?

At the same Neutral Zone face-off spot. Rule Reference 612(c).

The penalty to the defending team took place with the face-off location established in the Neutral Zone.

Situation 15

As the whistle blows to stop play deep in the end zone of Team B, Team A has four players beyond the top of the face-off circles. Two opposing players start to push each other and this action is followed by a gathering of players. Is Team A responsible to have one of its players, already deep in the zone, move back out beyond the top of the face-off circle in order to avoid losing the face-off in the Attacking Zone?

No. Rule Reference 612(d).

Any players already beyond the tops of the face-off circles at the time of the whistle are permitted to stay there.

Situation 16

Where is the ensuing face-off if the puck goes off a Linesman in the Neutral Zone and directly into an unattended goal?

At the nearest end zone face-off spot of the goal it entered. Rule References 612(f) and 617(c.3).

Any time the puck enters the goal after being deflected directly into the goal by an Official, the face-off shall take place at the nearest end zone face-off spot.