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Hockey Disallowed Goals

What is not considered a goal in ice hockey? When will the referee discount it? Get ready to learn about disallowed 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 a disallowed goal is in ice hockey.

Disallowed Goals

In ice hockey, a disallowed goal is one that does not count towards a team's score. The following are considered disallowed goals in ice hockey:

Below describes these situations in more detail:

Batted, Kicked Or Thrown Puck

A player is not allowed to hit the puck into net with the use of his hands or skate. However, if a puck ricochets off these objects the goal will count.


A deflection describes the puck changing direction once it ricochets off an object on the ice.

Deflected Off A Referee

It is considered a disallowed goal, if the puck deflects off of any part of an official.

Too Many Players On The Ice

The rules of ice hockey only allow for five skaters and one goalie to be present on the ice per team. It is a disallowed goal if there are more skaters on the ice then allowed.

PRO TIP: Players must be within 5ft of the player benches before a substitution can made, otherwise a penalty will be called.

Goaltender Interference

A player is not allowed to interfere with the goalie's ability to do his job on the ice. If a player is found to have interfered with the goalie while the goal is score it will be disallowed. An example of goaltender interference is if a player skates into the goalie bringing both players out of position.

Puck Hit Off A Stick Above The Crossbar

Players are not allowed to hold their hockey sticks above the height of the crossbar. If the puck makes contact with a stick and it goes into net, a referee will check that the stick was not above the height of the crossbar. Where puck makes contact with stick is the determining factor for referees.

Displaced Goal Cage

If the net becomes displaced during play, the goal will be disallowed. Both pegs that hold the goal cage in place must remain stationary to the ice. Often during goaltender interference, the goal cage will become displaced as a player will skate into the goalie causing a collision.


If a penalty is called on the ice during play when a score is made, the goal will be disallowed. This includes the following types of penalties:

We'll learn about ice hockey penalties in future chapters.

Delayed Penalty Call

A delayed penalty in ice hockey is one where a referee will signal a penalty has occurred, but not stop play until the opposing team regains possession of the puck. If a goal is scored on a delayed penalty, it will be disallowed.

PRO TIP: If a goal is scored by the non-offending team during a delayed penalty, the goal will count. An example of this would be if the puck is deflected off a player who was called for the penalty and then goes into the net.

We'll learn more about delayed penalties in future chapters.

Goalie Pushed Into The Net

This situation falls under the category of goaltender interference. If the goalie is impeded in any way from doing his job on the ice, the goal will be disallowed.

Referee Stops Play

A goal will be disallowed if at any point a referee stops play for any reason whatsoever. The referee does not need to blow his whistle to stop play.

Instant Replay

If instant replay reveals something strange on the play prior to a goal being scored it will be disallowed. For example, if the puck happened to cross the goal line of the opposing team's goal cage for a score. Believe it or not this has happened before!

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