More Sports

Ice Hockey

Ice Hockey


5 Best NHL Jerseys Ever5 Most Common Ice Hockey InjuriesAlex Ovechkin Bio And FactsBobby Orr Bio And FactsBrent Burns Bio And FactsHockey BlockerHockey Body CheckHockey FlexHockey GiveawayHockey InfractionHockey ManagerHockey Power ForwardHockey PressHockey TrapsHockey Two Line PassHockey Wrap AroundHow Does Hockey Betting Work?Mark Messier Bio And FactsNHL Playoff FormatNHL Skills Competition FormatNikita Kucherov BiographyPatrick Kane Bio And FactsSidney Crosby Bio And FactsTop 10 College Hockey JerseysTop 10 Hockey MoviesTop 10 Hockey RulesTop 10 Hockey Shots All TimeTop 10 Hockey Video GamesTop 10 Ice Hockey BrandsTop 10 Minor League Hockey JerseysTop 10 NHL FightsTop 10 NHL Hockey RinksTop 10 NHL Throwback JerseysTop 10 Richest Hockey PlayersTop 5 Hockey All-Star GamesTop 5 Hockey AnnouncersTop 5 Hockey World Juniors RivalriesTop 5 NHL Goal SavesTop 5 NHL GoalsTop 5 NHL Playoff BeardsTop 5 NHL Playoff GamesWayne Gretzky Bio And FactsWhat Is The NHL All Star Game?


Hockey BasicsHockey Game ClockHockey Game StructureHockey HistoryHockey IntermissionHockey PassingHockey Penalty ClockHockey Penalty KillingHockey Penalty ShotsHockey Power PlaysHockey Shot TypesHockey Takeaways vs GiveawaysHockey Team RosterHockey Turnovers


Hockey CoachingWhat Are The Kinds Of Injuries In Hockey?


Hockey EquipmentHockey HelmetsIce Hockey Equipment ListWhat Is A Zamboni In Hockey?


Hockey LeaguesWhat Is Minor League Hockey?What Is The Swedish Hockey League?

Lingo And Terminology

Hockey Defensive ZoneHockey Lingo And TerminologyHockey Neutral ZoneHockey Offensive ZoneHockey PeriodsHockey Short HandedWhat Is A Breakout In Hockey?What Is A Hat Trick In Hockey?What Is A Line In Hockey?What Is A Shot On Goal In Hockey?What Is A Shutout In Hockey?What Is An Assist In Hockey?What Is An Instigator In Hockey?What Is Breakaway In Hockey?What Is Center Ice In Hockey?What Is Deke In Hockey?What Is Five Hole In Hockey?What Is Left Wing Lock In Hockey?What Is Plus-Minus In Hockey?What Is The Challenge Cup In Hockey?What Is The Frozen Four In Hockey?What Is The Memorial Cup In Hockey?What Is The Stanley Cup In Hockey?


Hockey OfficialsHockey OfficiatingHockey Referee CertificationWhat Does A Linesman Do In Hockey?What Does An Official Do In Hockey?


Hockey Bench Minor PenaltiesHockey BoardingHockey Double Minor PenaltiesHockey Game Misconduct PenaltiesHockey Major PenaltiesHockey Match PenaltiesHockey Minor PenaltiesHockey Misconduct PenaltiesHockey PenaltiesWhat Is A Major Penalty In Hockey?What Is A Match Penalty In Hockey?What Is An Illegal Stick Penalty In Hockey?What Is Biting In Hockey?What Is Butt Ending In Hockey?What Is Charging In Hockey?What Is Clipping In Hockey?What Is Delay Of Game In Hockey?What Is Elbowing In Hockey?What Is Embellishment In Hockey?What Is High Sticking In Hockey?What Is Hooking In Hockey?What Is Interference In Hockey?What Is Kneeing In Hockey?What Is Roughing In Hockey?What Is Slashing In Hockey?What Is Spearing In Hockey?What Is Tripping In Hockey?What Is Unsportsmanlike Conduct In Hockey?


Hockey PlayersTop 5 Ranked Mens Ice Hockey Players Of All TimeTop 6 Best Womens Ice Hockey Players Of All TimeTop 7 NHL MVPsWho Is Gordie Howe In Hockey?Who Is Wayne Gretzky In Hockey?

Position Roles And Responsibilities

Hockey CenterHockey DefensemanHockey GoalieHockey Position Roles and ResponsibilitiesHockey WingerWhat Are Enforcers In Hockey?What Does A Captain Do In Hockey?What Does A Forward Do In Hockey?What Does A Goalie Do In Hockey?What Does A Hockey Center Do?What Does A Hockey Goalie Do?What Does A Left Wing Do In Hockey?What Does A Right Wing Do In Hockey?What Does A Wing Do In Hockey?What Is A Grinder In Hockey?What Is The Defense In Hockey?


Hockey ChallengesHockey Disallowed GoalsHockey Face Off RulesHockey Fighting RulesHockey Icing Rule ExplainedHockey Icing Rule For KidsHockey Icing Rule QuizHockey OffsideHockey Offsides Rule For KidsHockey Offsides Rule QuizHockey OvertimeHockey Rules ReferenceHockey Shootout RulesHockey SubstitutionsHockey TimeoutsHow Does Scoring Work In Hockey?Ice Hockey Basic Rules For KidsWhat Are The Rules Of Ice Hockey?What Is A Face-Off In Hockey?What Is A Hand Pass In Hockey?What Is A Penalty Shot In Hockey?What Is A Power Play In Hockey?What Is Sudden-Death Format In Hockey?

Skills And Techniques

Hockey BackcheckingHockey ForecheckingHockey Skills And TechniquesWhat Is A One-Timer In Hockey?What Is A Slap Shot In Hockey?What Is A Snap Shot In Hockey?What Is A Wrist Shot In Hockey?


Hockey CheckingHockey CyclingHockey Puck BattlesHockey StrategyList Of Hockey StrategiesWhat Is A Line Change In Hockey?What Is An Empty Net Strategy In Hockey?


Hockey TeamsNHL Hockey Teams ListTop 10 NHL Teams

The Rink

Hockey BoardsHockey Goal CreaseHockey Goalie TrapezoidHockey Hash MarksHockey Referee CreaseHockey Restraining LineHockey The RinkWhat Is Blue Line In Hockey?What Is Goal Line In Hockey?What Is Penalty Box In Hockey?What Is Red Line In Hockey?What Is Slot In Hockey?What Is The Size Of A Hockey Net?

Hockey Boarding

Ice Hockey Boarding

Hockey boarding is when a player intentionally pushes, trips or body checks a defenseless and unaware opponent into the boards.

Boarding is an extremely dangerous act in the game of hockey. It is dangerous due to the vulnerability of the player receiving that contact into the boards. Standard body checking is legal in the game of hockey. However, boarding is illegal due to the vulnerable position of the player as they are unable to see the opposition or prepare for the contact. A boarding penalty will be immediately called if a player had no intention to play the puck. Players will typically board their opposition to intimidate or physically harm their competitor. Therefore, it is always important to wear the necessary hockey equipment to stay safe. Never forget to wear your pads or your helmet!

After boarding occurs on the ice, the severity of the penalty is based on the discretion of the referee. The referee's priority is player safety and the act of boarding must have harsh consequences to limit the number of these illegal hits. If the hit wasn't too hard, the referee may call a minor penalty of two minutes. If the boarding was a serious hit, the referee has one of three options to call for a penalty. The referee may claim it is a major penalty, resulting in five minutes in the penalty box. The referee can call a major penalty with game misconduct, which results in a ten minute penalty and ejection from the rest of the game. The highest degree of penalty is a match penalty. The referee may call a match penalty if the boarding is severe, which results in the athlete's immediate removal from the game and a five minute time penalty. Never try to board another player!


Table of Contents



When is a player considered defenseless?

Boarding occurs when a player is considered defenseless on the ice. This player is unable to prepare for the contact. The player is considered to be defenseless if their back is turned to the hitting player or if they are no longer in possession of the puck. When a player is defenseless, they are vulnerable and susceptible to serious injuries. The referees are needed to protect the players and to prevent any boarding from happening!

What is the difference between charging and boarding in hockey?

Boarding is the act of deliberately and violenting pushing a defenseless player into the boards. However, charging is when a player will take three or more strides from a larger distance to deliberately harm a player with a body check. Charging can occur anywhere on the ice, while boarding happens when the hit is directed into the surrounding boards. There are major penalties as consequences of charging, similar to boarding. Charging is always very dangerous!

What is the referee sign for boarding?

Referees have many signals for calls and penalties throughout the duration of a game. For boarding, a referee will use a punching motion in one hand and move towards the open palm of his other hand. The hands will make contact and the open palm hand will be in a vertical position.

What is a clean hit in hockey?

Hockey is a contact sport and believe it or not, there are legal and clean hits! Both players need to have their stick on the ice and are allowed to be leaning into each other shoulder to shoulder. Players are allowed to body and hip check to try to separate their opponent from the puck. You must maintain your balance and body position to avoid getting called for a penalty. Crowds love a clean hit!