Ice Hockey Penalty Killing

Chapter 13.5

On a power play, one team is short-handed. They must kill the penalty to return to full-strength. Get ready to learn about penalty killing in ice hockey.

Introduction

We've already learned about penalties in ice hockey and how they result in a team being short-handed on the ice. When a team is short-handed, the other team is on a power play until the penalty clock expires.

In this tutorial, we will learn about different strategies related to penalty killing in ice hockey.

Penalty Killing

When a team is on a power play, the opposing team is short-handed. They must wait for the penalty clock to expire to return to full-strength. Teams will do whatever they can to kill the penalty and waste time on the ice for the penalty clock to expire. If a team succeeds at defending against a goal for the duration of the penalty clock, they are said to have killed the penalty.

Dumping

One such strategy is called dumping. A team will dump the puck or hit it far out of the defensive zone to kill time on the penalty clock.

Rookie Road Ice Hockey Dumping Image

PRO TIP: Dumping the puck out of the defensive zone and having it cross the goal lines is an icing penalty when teams are on full-strength. It is not an icing penalty if a team is short-handed.

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