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What Constitutes an “Offside” in Ice Hockey?

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The National Hockey League (NHL) is comprised of 31 teams from cities throughout the United States and Canada. The regular season runs from October to April.  The Stanley Cup playoffs are held from April to June. Our next series of ladies sports talk articles will cover some of the most common NHL rules and regulations. Let’s start with discussing what constitutes an “Offside” in ice hockey.

Definition

When both skates of the offensive player cross the offensive zone blue line before the puck crosses it, the play is considered offside.  When a play is offside, the linesman will blow his whistle to stop play. A faceoff will occur at the nearest neutral zone face off spot.

Exceptions

As with all rules, there are some exceptions.  One of the most common is “delayed offsides,” where the offensive player accidentally enters the offensive zone before the puck and there is no attempt to attack the goal. In this case, the referee may raise his hand to indicate the play is offside but not blow the whistle to stop play. Play may continue to allow the offside to be corrected, but if a goal is scored while play continues under delayed offside it is not counted.

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