Rule 41 – Boarding
41.1 Boarding – A boarding penalty shall be imposed on any participant who checks or pushes a defenseless opponent in such a way that causes the opponent to hit or affect the boards violently or dangerously. The severity of the penalty, based mostly upon the affect with the boards, shall be on the discretion of the Referee.
There is a gigantic quantity of judgment concerned within the software of this rule by the Referees. The onus is on the participant making use of the verify to make sure his opponent just isn’t in a defenseless place and in that case, he should keep away from or reduce contact. Nonetheless, in figuring out whether or not such contact might have been prevented, the circumstances of the verify, together with whether or not the opponent put himself in a weak place instantly previous to or concurrently with the verify or whether or not the verify was unavoidable will be thought of. This steadiness should be thought of by the Referees when making use of this rule.
Any pointless contact with a participant enjoying the puck on an apparent “icing” or “off-side” play which leads to that participant hitting or impacting the boards is “boarding” and should be penalized as such. In different cases the place there isn’t a contact with the boards, it needs to be handled as “charging.”