Friday, June 13, 2014

5.9.6 Skaters may block and/or assist while their body is facing any direction as long as they are moving in the counter clockwise direction.

Today’s rule is from the Direction of Game play penalty section. This rule is what allows for all of the backwards skating and blocking we are seeing in the game. As an official, this is one of the elements I am looking at when determining if an action is legal or illegal. Basically as long as you are physically moving in the counter clockwise direction, your body can face in any direction to engage in a block or assist a teammate.