Ice Hockey Icing

What is a icing? How does it work? Get ready to learn about the icing penalty in ice hockey.


Recall from chapter 1.1 Hockey Rink Lines that the red line marks the center of the rink dividing the ice into two (2) equal pieces.

Hockey Red Line

The goal lines are located at the far ends of the rink near the nets.

Hockey Goal Line

In this tutorial, we will learn about icing and the significance of the red line and goal lines in ice hockey.


Icing is a penalty in ice hockey that is often misunderstood. Icing is called on a player who shoots, hits, or deflects the puck from his team's side of the ice to the goal line on the opposing team's side of the ice without it being touched by a player on the opposing team.

Hockey Icing

A referee will use the spot on the ice where the player hit the puck to determine if icing should be called.

To avoid icing, a player should make sure his stick is in contact with the red line. This is called gaining the line.

IMPORTANT: Both teams must be at full-strength for icing to be called. If a team is short-handed it is not considered icing.

Face-off Location

Icing does not result in a power play. When icing is called on a team, a face-off is used to put the puck back into play. The face-off will occur in the offending team's defensive zone.

Not Icing

The following situations are NOT considered icing:

PRO TIP: The goalie cannot pretend to play the puck while it is moving towards the goal line or icing will not be called

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