Sunday, June 17, 2012

6.3.13 Kicking another skater.

Today’s rule is a Low Blocking expulsion. This rule doesn’t require much explanation. A kick is a kick. There are times when a skater’s leg may kick out and trip an opponent, and it would not be considered a kick, but rather just illegal contact with minor or major impact. Kicking another skater implies intent, which, in all other contact penalty sections, is the impact for an expulsion. Interestingly, this rule says kicking another “skater”, not kicking an “opponent”. It appears the rules deem kicking anyone to be unsafe enough for an expulsion, even if they are a teammate.