Ice Hockey Rules Interpretations - 2018-19

By NFHS on October 10, 2018 ice hockey Print

Publisher’s Note: The National Federation of State High School Associations is the only source of official high school interpretations. They do not set aside nor modify any rule. They are made and published by the NFHS in response to situations presented.

Dr. Karissa L. Niehoff, Publisher, NFHS Publications © 2018


  1. Points of Emphasis and Comments on the Rules have been moved to the front of the book.
  2. The Ice Hockey Rink Diagrams are now located on pages 77-78.
  3. The “Goalkeeper Mask Guide” is now located on page 20.

SITUATION 1: A player’s stick has been altered to create a pointed edge. Is this stick legal? RULING: No. (3-1-1)

SITUATION 2: One edge of a player’s stick is chipped. May the stick be used further in the game? RULING: The stick must be immediately removed from the game. If the chipped edge is sufficiently covered with tape, it may be returned to use in that game. (8-1-1)