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Ice Hockey Allowed Goals

What is a goal in ice hockey? When does a goal count? Get ready to learn about allowed goals in ice hockey.


Not every goal counts in ice hockey. Goals that count towards a team's score are called allowed goals, while goals that don't count are called disallowed goals.

In this tutorial, we'll learn what an allowed goal is in ice hockey.

Allowed Goals

In ice hockey, a goal that counts towards a team's score is called an allowed goal. Below are few rules describing what an allowed goal is.

Passing The Goal Line

For a goal to count, the puck must pass the part of the goal line in between the goal posts. The puck does not have to touch the net for a score to count.

Hockey Goal Line

Goal Cage

The goal cage must remain in proper position for a goal to count. If the goal cage is lifted or moved on the ice when the goal happens it does not count.

Hockey Goal Cage


A deflection is the act of the puck bouncing or ricocheting off of a player or object on the ice. A goal made from a deflection will count if the puck deflects off the following:

PRO TIP: A goal will not count if the puck is deflected off of a referee during play.

Loose Puck In The Goal Crease

If the goalie loses control of the puck in the goal crease and the puck is hit into the net, the goal will count.

The Official Scorer

The official scorer awards players with goals and assists. His decision is final and can only be overturned by instant replay and a coach's challenge.

The Goal Judge

An official called the goal judge is responsible for determining if the puck passed the the part of the goal in between the goal posts. It is also his responsibility to illuminate the red light located above the goal cages to signal that a goal was made.

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