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.
The following situations are NOT considered icing:
- It is NOT icing if the puck is deflected off a player in their own side of the ice
- It is NOT icing if the team is short-handed
- It is NOT icing if the puck touches any part of a player or goalkeeper before crossing goal line
- It is NOT icing if a player on the opposing team can touch the puck while it is traveling to the goal line, but he chooses not to