Interference in hockey occurs when a player uses their body to halt the progress of an opposing player that does not have possession of the puck.
This also occurs when a player tries to stop their opponent who does not have the intention of immediately trying to play the puck, is maintaining normal speed, or is staying within their skating lane. A player may cause interferences in some of the following ways:
Interference penalties are typically deemed to be minor infractions that result in a 2 minute stay in the penalty box. Major or game misconduct penalties can be enforced depending on the severity of the infraction. The player would then be required to stay in the penalty box for at least 5 minutes.
Goalie interference occurs when a player makes contact with the goalie in a way that restricts the goalie's ability to move freely. This type of interference will be penalized whether it is intentional or accidental. Most likely, the referee will deem this to be a 2 minute minor penalty infraction. However, a major penalty may be enforced if the goalie is found to be harmed or injured as a result of the play.
There are different ways in which a player can interfere with a play. Some of the types of interference are as follows: limiting the ability for your opponent to apply pressure to a teammate, going for an opponent's body in a face-off, attacking a player that does not have the puck, knocking someone's stick away, preventing the retrieval of dropped equipment, throwing an object in front of an opponent, making interfering contact with the goalkeeper, and moving the puck as a penalized player.
Interference penalties are typically deemed to be minor infractions. For this infraction, a player would be required to sit in the penalty box for a full 2 minutes before being allowed to return to the game. Major or game misconduct penalties can be enforced depending on the severity of the infraction. The player would then be required to stay in the penalty box for at least 5 minutes.