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What Is Spearing In Hockey?

Ice Hockey Spearing

Spearing is an illegal tactic used by players to try and slow down or halt the movement of their opponent. Spearing occurs when a player pokes or stabs an opposing player with the tip of their blade while holding their hockey stick.

This action is considered illegal even if there is just an attempt to poke or stab an opposing player without actually making contact with them.

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Spearing Penalty

Players that partake in spearing will often receive a double-minor penalty for a total of 4 minutes in the penalty box. If the actions are more severe, the player will receive a major or game misconduct penalty that will result in at least 5 minutes in the penalty box. Match penalties can also be warranted by the referee if they deem it to be appropriate or if a player causes harm or injury to their opponent as a result of the action.

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What is spearing in hockey?

Spear occurs when a player pokes or stabs an opposing player with the tip of their blade while holding their hockey stick. This action is considered illegal even if there is just an attempt to poke or stab an opposing player without actually making contact with them. The penalty for spearing someone is a double-minor meaning that the player will spend 4 minutes in the penalty box. Major or misconduct penalties will be enforced for more serious infractions.

How do you get ejected from a hockey game?

Game ejections will typically occur in partnership with a penalty. Players who get a game misconduct penalty are immediately ejected from playing in the current game. Players who receive a match penalty will also immediately be ejected from the game, but then suspended indefinitely until the NHL Commissioner reviews the matter. In both cases, other substitute players will take the place of the penalized player in the penalty box.

What is the penalty for spearing in hockey?

Players that partake in spearing will often receive a double-minor penalty for a total of 4 minutes in the penalty box. If the actions are more severe, the player will receive a major or game misconduct penalty that will result in at least 5 minutes in the penalty box. Match penalties can also be warranted by the referee if they deem it to be appropriate or if a player causes harm or injury to their opponent as a result of the action.

What is a double-minor penalty in hockey?

A double-minor penalty is considered to be more severe than a minor penalty and is warranted only for some penalties. Some infractions that can result in a double minor penalty are head-butting, butt-ending, high-sticking, and spearing. This will result in a player staying in the penalty box for 4 minutes before being allowed to return to play. Two goals will need to be scored during the penalty for the player to be released from the box early.



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