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Encyclopedia > Ice hockey rules

The majority of ice hockey around the world is played under the umbrella of three organizations, Hockey Canada, USA Hockey, and the International Ice Hockey Federation, each with their own set of rules. Hockey Canada and USA Hockey rulebooks are used in most amateur hockey in North America, and the IIHF rulebook is used in both amateur and professional hockey in the rest of the world. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... Hockey Canada is the official national governing body of ice hockey in Canada and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. ... USA Hockey is recognized as the governing body for amateur ice hockey in the United States and is a member of the International Ice Hockey Federation. ... The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) was founded in 1908 as the Ligue Internationale de Hockey sur Glace and is the worldwide governing body for ice hockey and in-line hockey. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ...

The National Hockey League has its own rulebook, from which the rulebooks of most North American professional leagues are derived. United States high school leagues use the National Federation of State High School Associations rulebook, and varsity college hockey is governed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association's rules. “NHL” redirects here. ... For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... The National Federation of State High School Associations (or NFHS) is the body which oversees and governs most high school interscholastic athletics and extracirriculars in the United States at the national level. ... In the United States and Canada, varsity sports teams are the principal athletic teams representing a college, university, or high school or other secondary school. ... For the community in Florida, see University, Florida. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A ) is a voluntary association of about 1,200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ...

These six rules organizations, in addition to their own meetings, gather at a conference, and rule changes significant to game play have traditionally been made "across the board." However, recently, changes have been made at the amateur hockey levels to improve game play, while changes at professional levels have been made to make the game more exciting to spectators.

Hockey Canada and USA Hockey's rulebooks differ primarily in technical matters such as the severity of penalties handed out for various fouls. IIHF rules differ a bit more due to the differences in the dimensions of North American hockey rinks from those in the rest of the world. In recent times, both USA Hockey and Hockey Canada have been trying to make their rules more similar to the international rules. The merits of this move towards a more standardized rulebook, however, are debated in amateur hockey circles. Many feel that the more physical style of hockey played in North America needs to be governed differently. A penalty in ice hockey is a punishment for inappropriate behavior. ... hi everybody A hockey rink is an ice rink specifically designed for the game of ice hockey. ...

NHL rules are very different since they evolved separately from the amateur rules and changes are easier to implement because of the smaller scope of the league. In recent years, the low scores of NHL games have prompted the league to debate a wide variety of rule change proposals including enlarging the size of the goal, widening the blue and red lines to create a larger offensive zone, restricting where goaltenders can handle the puck, breaking ties with a penalty shot shootout, and eliminating the two-line pass rule, which does not exist in international and most amateur rulebooks. hi everybody A hockey rink is an ice rink specifically designed for the game of ice hockey. ... This article is about the goaltender in ice hockey. ... In ice hockey, a penalty shot is a type of penalty awarded when a team loses a clear scoring opportunity because of a foul committed by an opposing player. ... For other uses, see Offside. ...

The effect these changes will have is heavily debated. Many feel if the current rules are applied more strictly, scoring will increase, so the proposed rule changes are unnecessary.

See also

The following are statistics commonly tracked in the sport of ice hockey. ...


  • IIHF
  • Hockey Canada
  • NCAA (pdf)
  • NHL
  • USA Hockey

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