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Situation 1

A Team A player slashes at an opponent but only makes contact with the Team B player’s stick, knocking it out of his hand. What penalty, if any, should be assessed?

A minor or a major penalty for slashing must be assessed. Rule Reference 634(a).

The opponent’s stick is considered to be an extension of the player, so any slashing action directed at the stick must also be penalized.

Situation 2

For a slashing penalty to be assessed, must stick contact be made with the opposing player?

No. Rule Reference 634(a).

If the object of a slashing motion is to intimidate an opponent or to actually try to strike him, stick contact is not necessary in order for a penalty to be assessed.

Situation 3

A player swings his stick at an opponent during the course of an altercation. What penalty or penalties must be assessed?

The Referee has three options in this type of situation. Rule Reference 634(c).

(1) Minor penalty for slashing plus a game misconduct,

(2) Major penalty for slashing plus a game misconduct,

(3) Match penalty for attempt to injure or deliberate injury of an opponent.

Situation 4

The goalkeeper has frozen the puck with his glove when an attacking player comes in and makes stick contact with the goalkeeper’s glove. The puck comes free prior to the Referee blowing the whistle to stop play. Should the Referee allow play to continue?

No. Rule Reference 634(d).

Once the goalkeeper has clearly covered the puck, any stick contact with the glove must be penalized as slashing. The puck is considered frozen at the time the Referee determines it has been covered and play has stopped at that time, even though it may take a fraction of a second to blow the whistle.