What determines if a hand pass is legal in the NHL?


Under section 11 of the NHL Standard Player's Contract (exhibit 1 in the 2013 CBA, starting at page 310),

It is mutually agreed that the Club shall have the right to Assign or to Loan this SPC [i.e. Standard Player's Contract] and the Player agrees to accept and be bound by such Assignment or Loan, and will faithfully perform and carry out this SPC with the same purpose and effect as if it had been entered into by the Player and such other club.

It is further mutually agreed that in the event that this SPC is Assigned, or the Player's services are Loaned, to another club, the club shall by notice in writing delivered to the Player advise the Player of the name and address of the club to which he has been Assigned or Loaned, and specify the time and place of reporting. If the Player fails to report to such other club, he may be suspended by such other club and no Paragraph 1 Salary shall be payable to him during the period of such suspension.

In other words:...

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In ice hockey, a play is offside if a player on the attacking team enters the offensive zone before the puck, unless the puck is sent or carried there by a defending player. When an offside violation occurs, a linesman will stop play. A faceoff is then held at a neutral ice spot closest to the infraction to restart play.

The blue lines are used to determine if a player has gone offside.

The National Hockey League (NHL) and International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) apply similar rules for determining offside. A player is judged to be offside if both of their skates completely cross the blue line dividing their offensive zone from the neutral zone before the puck completely crosses the same line. In both organizations, it is the position of a player's skates that are important. They cannot use their stick or other part of their body to remain onside. The lone caveat to this rule is that an attacking player's skates may precede the puck into the attacking zone when...

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Rules. Without them, hockey would be a collection of humans with knives attached to their feet aimlessly and recklessly slamming a frozen piece of rubber at one another. As entertaining as that sounds, rules give hockey its structure and allow for fair and spirited competition.

The NHL has rules. Some are good, some are bad, and some are downright infuriatingly stupid. When the NHL adopts new rules, sometimes they are tested in the AHL, which will enact a few rules starting in 2016-17. Maybe these rules someday will come to the NHL, but why stop there?

Why wouldn't the NHL listen to me, a genius who has a host of ideas for rule changes to improve the game? Why wait a year or two to see how the AHL handles new rules when my ideas can be put into practice immediately? All my ideas are great and wonderful and free of charge. All I ask is that they are named after me and I receive $1 million every time one is used during a game.

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by Pat Iversen

The NHL is not the NFL.

It’s okay. I’ll wait for you to gather yourself. I know that was shocking.

There is no RedZone channel. With three or four or more games every night, you need to budget your time wisely. The great thing about hockey is that it’s almost always entertaining.

But there are degrees to that enjoyment levels! My editors tasked me with the daring mission to determine these levels for you, dear reader. It was a dangerous task, but I have emerged from my secret laboratory after weeks without nourishment bearing my findings.

While I go make a sandwich or something, prepare for your hockey-viewing season with these watchability tiers.

The "Cancel Your Plans" Division

Dallas Stars

Look. I know what you’re thinking. "Wow, a noted Stars fan thinks his team is the most entertaining team in the league."

I won’t stop you from sending your angry emails, but pause and consider this: what hockey fan...

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A new standard of enforcement for existing rules.

The league promises zero tolerance for hooking, holding, tripping, slashing, cross checking and interference. Players who use their stick or free hand to slow any opposing player will be penalized.
The Case: Time to put an end to the grappling, wrestling and bear-hugging that sucks the speed and skill from the game.
Impact: Initially it means way more penalties, which turns the power play into the most important tool on any NHL team. If the new standard is permanent, it will definitely open up the offensive play.
Down Side: What good is a hockey game if you can't hit anybody? Half the appeal is watching the stars succeed in a physically brutal environment. And who needs the constant parade to the penalty box? Do we want every night to look like the annual NHL All Star Game, always a contact-free, wide open, high-scoring, and painfully boring...

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Grantland has proposed fixes for topics as diverse as the MLB All-Star Game and Home Run Derby and Jersey Shore. This summer, the editors asked me to fix the entire NHL. I’m assuming this is because they felt topics like “the economy” and “the Middle East peace process” were too easy.

But I love a challenge, and so we’re going to fix the NHL. Get comfortable — this could take a while.

First, though, a word about realism. On the one hand, in order for this to work, we have to pretend this whole exercise is taking place in a fantasyland where the people who run the NHL are actually open to fixing anything, as opposed to being an old boys’ club too paralyzed by tradition and turf protection to make common-sense changes.

But on the other, we have to be at least somewhat realistic here. So before we get to the fixes, let’s lay out a few key ground rules:

• We can’t fire Gary Bettman. Two reasons for this one. First, nobody wants to read a “How to Fix the NHL”...

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The National Hockey League (NHL; French: Ligue nationale de hockey—LNH) is a professional ice hockey league composed of 30 member clubs: 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada. Headquartered in New York City, the NHL is considered to be the premier professional ice hockey league in the world,[2] and one of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. The Stanley Cup, the oldest professional sports trophy in North America,[3] is awarded annually to the league playoff champion at the end of each season.

The National Hockey League was organized on November 26, 1917, in Montreal, Quebec, after the suspension of operations of its predecessor organization, the National Hockey Association (NHA), which had been founded in 1909 in Renfrew, Ontario.[4] The NHL immediately took the NHA's place as one of the leagues that contested for the Stanley Cup in an annual interleague competition before a series of league mergers and folds left the NHL as the only...

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American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada, and also known as gridiron, is a sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, the team with control of the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the team without control of the ball, the defense, aims to stop their advance and take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, or else they turn over the football to the opposing team; if they succeed, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

American football evolved in the United States, originating from the sports of association football and...

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Hockey Stick Buying Guide

Here is some advice from HockeyGiant.com on how to buy Hockey Sticks

When hockey players are choosing a hockey stick they tend to be pretty picky about what they like, and what they simply can not stand to play with. The decision mainly comes down to the "feel" of the hockey stick. "Feel" is the term used to describe the player's ability to accurately sense and control the puck with the hockey stick that they are using. This includes both offensive and defensive maneuvers, which consist of but are not limited to puck-handling, shooting, passing, reach and poke-checking. As a player develops these skills, they also acquire a better sense of which stick will do the trick for them.

What To Consider When Choosing A Hockey Stick

Wood Sticks vs. Composite Sticks

Wood sticks and blades offer the best feel but the least durability. Composite sticks and blades provide better shot power and durability, but they do cost more and...
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Video poker has been around for decades, but its lack of outrageous graphics and flashing lights have always left it playing second fiddle to the slots. Most VP veterans are perfectly happy with that arrangement, as it leaves these potentially profitable machines free of crowds and curious onlookers.

Video Poker Topics Free Play - Deuces Wild

About Video Poker

In case you’re unaware, video poker is the rare casino game where the player can actually gain an advantage over the house in the right set of circumstances. This isn’t always easy to achieve, of course, and losses are still bound to happen. But for those who want to be smart when it comes to gambling, this game represents one of the best bets in any online or land-based casino.

This article is meant to explain the basics of the game, from how to play video poker to the most common types of variants. While reading this won’t guarantee you any wins in the future, it should at least provide enough...

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legalized sports betting in 1949. The state legalized live and off-track betting on horses at the same time.

Nevada was the first state to regulate the activity that previously operated under organized crime syndicates. Nevada remains the only state where betting on single games is legal.

Delaware and New Jersey both attempted to expand into this gaming segment. Delaware faced a legal challenge from the sports leagues when it tried in 2009. Delaware lost on appeal in the Third Circuit. New Jersey’s second attempt to legalize sports betting is awaiting an en banc hearing by the Third Circuit.

Types of sports available for wagering in Nevada

Nevada bettors may place a wager on any professional sporting event as long as there is a bookmaker willing to post a line.

This includes:

NFL NBA MLB NHL soccer boxing NASCAR tennis golf mixed martial arts

Collegiate sports are also legal for wagering purposes in Nevada. Football and...

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