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Referee Signals

Holding element view


Clasping the wrists in front of the chest.  Called for using hands on opponent or his equipment

Slashing element view


Chopping with one hand across the opposite forearm. Called for swinging stick at the opponent.

Charging element view


Rotating clenched fists in front of chest. Called for taking more than three strides before checking opponent.

Interference element view


Crossed arms in front of chest with fists closed. Called for having contact with opponent not in possession of puck.

Boarding element view


Pounding the closed fist of one hand into the other. Called for driving an opponent into the boards.

Delayed calling of penalty element view

Delayed Calling of Penalty

Referee extends arm and points to penalized player. Signals a penalty that has occurred by the team that does not have possession. Play continues until penalized team regains possession of the puck.

Cross checking element view

Cross Checking

A forward and backward motion with fists extended from the chest. Called for hitting opponent with both hands on the stick and no part of stick on the ice.

Wash out element view


Both arms swung across the body with palms down. When used by referee, it means a goal has been disallowed. When used by the linesman, it means icing or off-side has been nullified.

Hooking element view


Tugging motion with the arms. Called for using the stick or blade to hook an opponent.

Kneeing element view


Slapping the knee with palm of hand. Called when using knee to impede opponent.

Tripping element view


Strike the right leg with the right hand below the knee. Called for using stick, arm or leg to cause the opponent to trip or fall.

Elbowing element view


Tapping the elbow with the opposite hand. Called when using elbow to impede an opponent.

Misconduct element view


Place both hands on hips. Called for various forms of misconduct or when a player incurs a second major penalty in a game.

Unsportsmanlike conduct element view

Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Use both hands to form a "T" in front of chest.

Highsticking element view


Holding both fists clenched, one above the other at the side of the head. Called for carrying stick above shoulder against an opponent.

Roughing element view


A thrusting motion with the arm extending from the side. Called for engaging in fisticuffs or shoving.

Spearing element view


A Jabbing motion with both hands in front of the body. Called for using the stick like a spear.

Icing element view


Icing is not permitted when teams are at even strength. Icing occurs when a player on his team's side of the red (center) line shoots the puck all the way down the ice, it crosses the red goal line at any point other than the goal itself and is first touched by a defending player. Play is then stopped and the puck is returned to the other end of the ice for a face-off. Icing is not called if the goalie plays the puck by leaving his net, if the puck cuts across part of the goal crease, when a defending player, in the judgment of the linesman, could have played the puck before it crossed the red goal line, when an attacking player who was onside when the puck was shot down the ice manages to touch it first, or when the attacking team is playing short-handed because of a penalty. In the example (left) notice how player A from the blue team manages to get to the puck before Player A from the green team, the one who shot the puck down the ice, can get to it.