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.
A referee will use the spot on the ice where the player hit the puck to determine if icing should be called.
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
Summary of Icing
When is icing called?
A referee will call icing when the puck travels from the behind the red line and reaches the goal line of the opposite side of the ice without a player from the opposing team touching it. However, there are some additional scenarios, where icing won't be called. Like when an opposing player can touch the puck before it crosses the goal line, but chooses not to.