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Hockey Short Handed

ice hockey short handed

In hockey, a team is short-handed when it is down a player on the ice compared to the other team.

Teams become short-handed on power plays when a player on their team commits a penalty and is sent to the penalty box to serve time. The penalty box is located on the boards by each team's bench.

The penalty clock keeps track of how long a team is short-handed. When the penalty clock expires, the player comes back on the ice and their team returns to full-strength.

For example, in the image above the orange team with four skaters and one goalie is short-handed. The purple team with five skaters and one goalie is at full-strength and on a power play.

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What is the fewest number of players on a hockey team?

A hockey team must have at least three skaters and one goalie on the ice. If a goal is scored while a team is short-handed, the player is allowed to leave the penalty box and return to the ice.

What happens if a goal is scored while a team is short-handed?

If a goal is scored on a power play, then the team that is short-handed is returned to full-strength. This means the player in the penalty box can return to the game.

Can both teams be short-handed in hockey?

Yes, both teams can be down a player on the ice. It is possible for both teams to have three skaters and one goalie as well.


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