When did cross-checking become illegal in the NHL?

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Checking in ice hockey is any one of a number of defensive techniques, aimed at disrupting an opponent with possession of the puck, or separating them from the puck entirely. It is usually not a penalty.

Young boys are taught proper body checking technique.

Body checking A player drives the shoulder, upper arm and hip and elbow, equally into the opponent to separate them from the puck, using the body to knock an opponent against the boards or to the ice. This is often referred to as simply checking or hitting and is only permitted against an opponent with possession of the puck. Body checking can be penalized when performed recklessly. Hip-checking When a player drops to a near-crouching stance and swings his hips toward an opposing player, sending the opponent off balance, often falling to the ice. Mostly done up against the boards. A hit at or below the knees is considered an infraction in the National Hockey League, and called "clipping". Shoulder-checking A player...
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So this new rule checking from behind basically means if you dump and chase and check someone you get a penalty what the h*ll is that?

is back checking legal in the NHL? no, in fact it's extremely frowned upon. learn to time a stick lift or poke check.

^This.

I got the penalty today, not knowing that EA finally got that rule in the patch. I kinda laughed when thats what it really said when I got the penalty, "Checking from behind." Though, I am happy that will start happening. The more realistic, the better for me. For people who think its stupid, stop playing the game or get used to it.

They call way too many penalties in the new patch. Every game, at least half the game someone is in the box.

agreed. wayy to many penalties.. i dont have a problem with the interference calls and cross checking calls but maybe letting a few slide would be reasonable instead of calling every single one.. like i mean most of them arent even ur fault its the computer...

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Like everyone who's played or has loved ones playing at any level of hockey, my answer is: strictly.

The rules are pretty clear as to what is legal and what's not.

Rule 43 - Checking from Behind
43.1 Checking from Behind – A check from behind is a check
delivered on a player who is not aware of the impending hit, therefore
unable to protect or defend himself, and contact is made on the back
part of the body. When a player intentionally turns his body to create
contact with his back, no penalty shall be assessed.
43.2 Minor Penalty - There is no provision for a minor penalty for checking from behind.
43.3 Major Penalty – Any player or goalkeeper who
cross-checks, pushes or charges from behind an opponent who is unable to
protect or defend himself, shall be assessed a major penalty. This penalty applies anywhere on the playing surface (see 43.5).
43.4 Match Penalty - The Referee, at his discretion, may assess a match penalty...
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Flyers forward Brayden Schenn had already delivered a series full of questionable hits. During Game Four, Schenn stepped his troll game up another notch, using his stick as a weapon.

The hubbub occurred late in the second period. Second line forward Justin Williams centered a pass to Evgeny Kuznetsov in front of the net.Kuznetsovtook a few whacks at the puck in the crease before Michal Neuvirth froze the puck. That’s when Schenn arrived on the scene to deliver a cross-check after the whistle.

It was a dangerous play.

Danny slowed down the footage.

This hit by Schenn to the side of Kuznetsov's knee looks even worse in slow motion. pic.twitter.com/xy1AjztgRV

— Danny (@recordsANDradio) April 21, 2016

I don’t have problems with boys being boys after the whistle and scrumming it up, but Schenn was literally trying to break Kuznetsov’s leg. That is, um, not an honorable way to play hockey. Though it seems Schenn has a lot of...

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Let’s get this straight before we go any further: hockey fans don’t do nuance.

Oh, make no mistake, we like to argue. These days, it’s pretty much all we seem to do. Throw out a topic – a contending team’s chances, a star player’s legacy, the color of the sky – and we’ll drop the rhetorical gloves and clear the benches.

But what we don’t do is shades of grey. John Scott’s all-star appearance was either the greatest thing to ever happen or an unmitigated disgrace. Gary Bettman is either a mustache-twirling supervillain or a misunderstood genius. Any questionable hit is either squeaky clean or grounds for a lifetime ban. The middle ground? That’s for suckers.

And that’s what made the Dennis Wideman case so fascinating. On Wednesday, the NHL handed out its punishment for Wideman: 20 games. For once, we were right: there was no middle ground. There couldn’t be.

Here’s the background, in case you need to get caught up. Last Wednesday, midway through a game...

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Sporting Charts explains Cross-checking

The cross-check in front of the net used to be one of the defenseman's tools of the trade until recent years where a crack down on stick infractions and obstruction has occurred.

Players such as Chris Pronger, Sheldon Souray, and Chris Chelios are well-known players to have cross-checked other players to make them uncomfortable and unwilling to stand in front of the net.

Other cross-checks have and will always be called penalties. Anytime a player cross-checks another player into the boards from behind or cross-checks an opponent in the face, major penalties penalties are usually called.

One of the most memorable cross-checking plays occurred on Feb. 1, 1998, when Gary Suter of the Chicago Blackhawks cross-checked the Anaheim Ducks Paul Kariya in the face. Even though Kariya did play again after recovering from injury, some would say he was never the same due to the concussion symptoms stemming from the...

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2 hours ago, flyercanuck said:

Kadri is getting himself into the "jerk" division of NHL players..don't get me wrong he's got talent...but he does dirty stuff and he dives. He's has several incidents over the last few weeks of exactly that, after putting together a pretty good season. He's already had several "attitude" issues with the Leaf org. as well.

Maybe this will be yet another wakeup call for a guy who doesn't seem to have figured out whether he wants to be a good player or a pain in the arse for both his team and his opponent.

As a Flyers fan, I'm sure you're familiar with the exploits of a player by the name of Chris Pronger. He was one of the dirtiest and nastiest players in the game, who genuinely injured people, and even he didn't get suspended as severely as Kadri has been (at least on average).

A look at past incidents involving NHL defenseman Please login or register to see this link. :

• 1995: The league suspended...

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Checking

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ice hockey

is any one of a number of defensive techniques, aimed at disrupting an opponent with possession of the puck, or separating them from the puck entirely. It is usually not a penalty.

Types Body checking A player drives the shoulder, upper arm and hip and elbow, equally into the opponent to separate them from the puck, using the body to knock an opponent against the boards or to the ice. This is often referred to as simply checking or hitting and is only permitted against an opponent with possession of the puck. Body checking can be penalized when performed recklessly. Hip-checking When a player drops to a near-crouching stance and swings his hips toward an opposing player, sending the opponent off balance, often falling to the ice. Mostly done up against the boards. A hit at or below the knees is considered an infraction in the National Hockey League, and called "clipping". Shoulder-checking A player puts his shoulder into his opponent to...
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Cross-checks to the head are worse than glove punches to the same region. I hope Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh returns from a concussion soon because he’s a special player. But the punch he absorbed from the Flyers’ Wayne Simmonds on Feb. 6 was not as dangerous as the cross-check that he delivered.

I’m not saying McDonagh got what he deserved. But I deem Simmonds’ response on the play acceptable under the circumstances, and the NHL got it right with the penalties they ultimately levied. McDonagh was given cross-checking and slashing minors and Simmonds a game misconduct.

The play: McDonagh tried protecting himself from a check against the boards by raising his stick to Simmonds’ face. That’s like playing bumper cars and stabbing the person trying to bump you. Simmonds came up swinging and knocked McDonagh out with a big left.

Despite McDonagh’s injury, the NHL didn’t penalize the punch because it couldn’t ignore the more serious cross-check. Originally,...

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Peluso is among more than 100 former NHL players who are suing the NHL, arguing that the league has put profits ahead of player safety for decades. The litigation has boiled over into a venomous battle.

On one side, lawyers for the former NHL players allege the league has not taken the health problems of its former players seriously. They charge that the league’s high-profile working concussion group, headed by Dr. Ruben Echemendia of Penn State University, has been a whitewash.

They point to the fact that even though it began its concussion study in 1997, it wasn’t until 2011 that the group published its findings. Moreover, the former players allege, it wasn’t until 2013 that the NHL changed concussion protocols to prevent a player from returning to the same game in which he was concussed. A number of emails sent by NHL executives, including commissioner Gary Bettman, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and league lawyer Julie Grand have been released by the court and...

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This article is about condoned fighting in ice hockey. For disallowed violent acts, see

Violence in ice hockey

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Fighting in ice hockey is an established tradition of the sport in North America, with a long history that involves many levels of amateur and professional play and includes some notable individual fights.[1] Fighting is usually performed by enforcers, or "goons"—players whose role it is to fight and intimidate—on a given team,[2] and is governed by a complex system of unwritten rules that players, coaches, officials, and the media refer to as "the code".[3] Some fights are spontaneous, while others are premeditated by the participants.[4] While officials tolerate fighting during hockey games, they impose a variety of penalties on players who engage in fights.

Unique among North American professional team sports, the National Hockey League (NHL) and most minor professional leagues in North America do not eject players outright for fighting[4]...

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Ice hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points. Ice hockey teams usually consist of six players each: one goaltender, and five players who skate up and down the ice trying to take the puck and score a goal against the opposing team.

A fast-paced, physical sport, ice hockey is most popular in areas of North America (particularly Canada and the northern United States) and northern and eastern Europe. Ice hockey is the official national winter sport of Canada,[1] where the game enjoys immense popularity. In North America, the National Hockey League (NHL) is the highest level for men's hockey and the most popular. The Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) is the highest league in Russia and much of Eastern Europe. The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) is the formal governing body for international ice hockey. The IIHF manages...

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