Why do hockey players get thrown out of the face off circle?

by Outland
There's no jumble then?

They won't be taking faceoffs every blessed shift and when they do you could let Carter stay in the center responsibility position until they change lines.

Have you noticed that Carter is doing a lot of his scoring from the area that the wings generally patrol and that he's been using a slap shot more and more? He hasn't been feeding anybody for them to score but he certainly has been getting fed.

You've always been to down on Briere. The guy is small yet he goes into areas that some of your former favs have feared to tread since they arrived in the NHL. He's not a natural wing and I doubt that he'll produce on any kind of regular basis playing there on a regular basis. He produced well in Buffalo mostly as a center. He got signed to a huge deal to be a center. I think that only Claude Giroux sees the ice as well or better than he does. I'd be willing to build a line with him in the pivot & I think it could actually score too....

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This is a list of common terminology and slang used in ice hockey along with explanations of their meanings. For other terms and an understanding of ice hockey, refer to ice hockey.


2-man advantage See five on three. 2-on-1 See odd man rush 3-on-2 See odd man rush. 500 (also known as .500) 50% or even, usually referring to a team's overall record when their number of wins equals their number of regulation losses. 5-on-3 See five on three. 5-on-5 See full strength.


Attacking zone The opposing team's end of the ice, as determined by the blue line. Apple Another term for assist.


Backhander or Backhand shot A shot that is taken from the backside of the blade. Backchecking Rushing back to the defensive zone in response to an opposing team's attack. Backdoor The unprotected side of the goal when the goaltender is protecting one side. Backstop A goaltender. Bar down A shot that hits the crossbar and then proceeds down...
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When it is shot over the glass into the audience, or into the team player's benches. It is whistled "dead" by the referee, and depending on which team last touched the puck, it will be "faced off" at a point close to where the player was located that shot it out of play. A face off is where two players are positioned at a face off circle , facing each other with their sticks held just off the ice surface. The lines man drops the puck between them to resume play, and as the puck hits the ice the two players attempt to get control of the puck to pass it to their "wingers" to start moving the puck towards the other teams goal. Under the new NHL rules, a delay of game penalty ( two minutes in the penalty box) is given for "deliberately shooting the puck out of play". The player that shoots the puck out of play is going to the box for 2 minutes so their team will play one man short for that time period. In many cases this results in the other team scoring a goal, because they had...

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Remember the movie Miracle? Yes. The same movie in which Kurt Russell, as Herb Brookes, leads the national ice hockey team of USA comprising college rookies to a win against the invincible Soviet Union. That too, at the peak of the Cold War. The purpose behind mentioning this was to remind you about one of the most interesting and exciting, albeit tough...

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The goal to hockey is to bring the puck up the ice and score points by getting it into the net.


The hockey rink is a rectangle with rounded edges as you can see in the picture. It is symmetrical with the same lines and measurements on both sides. In the middle is the face-off circle. There are a total of 9 face-off areas on the rink. cutting the face off-circle in half is the center line. Its red. There are also two blue lines and the goal crease with the net.


At the start of the game and after each whistle, a face-off takes place. The referee blows his whistle and drops the puck. Then the players in the circle fight for possession of the puck. Nobody but them are allowed inside the face-off circle until the ref blows his whistle.


After one team gains possession of the puck, they pass and skate the puck up the ice to try to score.


Players cannot go 'off side' this means that they cannot pass...

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Friday's Face-Off


The Capitals will start Michal Neuvirth in net on Saturday not, not Tomas Vokoun. I can't explain it other than it's clear that the Caps' front office didn't read my Crashing the Net column earlier this week. Why would the Caps sign Vokoun, one of the most statistically excellent net minders in the game the past six years if they were going to go with Neuvirth? I'd still expect Vokoun to make the majority of starts, so don't panic if you are a Vokoun owner.


Zenon Konopka has one of the coolest names in the game. He also has one of the biggest noses out there thanks to getting it punched repeatedly. We could care less about his honker in the fantasy game, all we care about is his ability to rack up PIMs with the best of them. Over the past two seasons he has averaged 286 PIMs, and his total of 572 penalty minutes dwarfs everyone else in the game (no one else has even 400 PIMs). In non-traditional leagues he also has value...

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"I don't know if it's my job to give away any of his faceoff secrets," Fehr said. "We've been working on a lot of stuff throughout the year, and we've talked about different things and changing different approaches. But for the most part I'm there to kind of help him work."

Crosby drew up the play and won the faceoff that led to the winning goal Wednesday when the Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 2-1 in overtime in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, taking a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series. He won 17 of 24 faceoffs in the game, 71 percent, better than anyone else on the ice.

Sharks center was asked afterward why Crosby was so challenging on faceoffs.

"He cheats," Couture said.

He cheats?

"He gets away with it," Couture said. "He's ."

How does he cheat?

"He times them, and they don't kick him out for some reason, probably because of who he is," Couture said.

Couture's comments became a story that night, and they continued to be...

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The Basics


A goal is awarded when the puck entirely crosses the red goal line between the goal posts. The player who shoots the puck into the net or who was the last player of the scoring team to touch the puck is credited with the goal. A goal is disallowed if the puck was thrown or otherwise intentionally directed into the net by an attacking player by any means other than his stick. The puck, however, can be deflected off a skate or the attacking player’s body into the net if it was unintentional. A goal also is allowed if it is directed into the net by a defending player.


Icing occurs when a team shoots the puck from its half of the ice (behind the center red line) across the opponent’s goal line without the puck passing through any part of the goal crease. Icing is not called (it is “waived off”) when a team is shorthanded or when the opposition could have made a play on the puck before it went over the goal line. After the puck is...

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As stated in the Official NHL (National Hockey League) Rulebook in rule 76.6, players must comply by the following standards, otherwise it will result in a face-off violation:

i) Encroachment by any player other than the center into the face-off area prior to the puck being dropped.

ii) Encroachment by any player into the area between the hash marks on the outer edges of the face-off circle prior to the puck being dropped. Players must also ensure that both of their skates do not cross their respective hash marks.

iii) Any physical contact with an opponent prior to the puck being dropped.

iv) Failure by either center taking the face-off to properly position himself behind the restraining lines or place his stick on the ice (as outlined in Rule 76.4).

v) The blade of the stick must then be placed on the ice (at least the toe of the blade of the stick) within the designated face-off area.

Violation of these rules will result in...

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In addition to Mike Peattie's answer, it is possible to get a centerman kicked out of the circle for the premature moving of his teammates. For instance, if the winger moves early trying to anticipate the drop of the puck, his center can get thrown out as a result.

Two other possibly interesting facts: 1) it doesn't have to be the linesman* that is dropping the puck who decides when someone gets thrown out. An official that is not conducting the faceoff may notice something and signal to the linesman which player should be thrown out.

2) Two faceoff violations by the same team on the same faceoff results in a minor penalty being called. I have never seen this actually happen. Not that they fail to call the penalty, just that once a player gets kicked out, they seem to drop the puck with his replacement right away and not give a chance for another violation.

*A linesman conducts nearly every faceoff. A referee drops the puck at the beginning of each period and after...

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1. The refs sometimes do. Usually it is a linesman since they drop the puck on most faceoffs.

2. No, if the second player gets kicked out of a faceoff, they get a 2 minute minor for delay of game.
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Read the first part wrong. My bad. This is from the NHL rulebook:

Face-off violations shall be summarized as follows (any of the four on-ice officials may identify a face-off violation): (i) Encroachment by any player other than the center into the face-off area prior to the puck being dropped. Players on the perimeter of the face-off circle must keep both skates outside the face-off circle (skate contact with the line is permitted). If a player's skate crosses the line into the face-off circle prior to the drop of the puck, this shall be deemed as a face-off violation. A player's stick may be inside the face-off circle provided there is no physical contact with his opponent or his opponent's stick.

(ii) Encroachment by any player into the area between...

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In hockey, the whistle blows, but play doesn't start until the linesman drops the puck. The centers of the two opposing teams quickly line up for a faceoff to start the play. Winning the faceoff is key to gaining possession of the puck. If a player is trying to gain an improper edge at puck drop, the official throws that player out of the faceoff circle.

Once an official skates to one of the nine faceoff circles and is prepared to drop the puck, the players only have five seconds to position themselves for the faceoff. If a player is not in position because he is giving instructions to his teammates or for any other reason, the official drops the puck anyway. If the player is in the circle, but doesn't have his skates in the proper position and is at an angle, he is tossed from the faceoff circle and a teammate must take the faceoff.

Once the puck is dropped on the ice, both players can move and maneuver to gain...

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Earlier today we hosted an Ask HWB question and answer segment on Twitter, where hockey fans could ask us hockey-related questions and we answered them. Today one of our Twitter followers asked us a question that might have been on the mind of a new or casual hockey fan.

@Vizzle17 asked: Why do ref’s constantly throw players out of the circle and what’s the advantage/disadvantage?

I’ve been a USA Hockey registered official for 15 years and this is a perfect opportunity to explain just why the ref’s kick players out of a draw just before he drops the puck.

In the NHL Rulebook, Rule 76.3 outlines the faceoff procedure:

As soon as the line change procedure has been
completed by the Referee and he lowers his hand to indicate no
further changes, the Linesman conducting the face-off shall blow his
whistle. This will signal to both teams that they have no more than five
(5) seconds to line up for the ensuing face-off. At the end of the...

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Face offs are one of the most common occurrences in a game of hockey. On the surface, they seem simple enough. And yet, as is the case in this sport, sometimes the simplest things are the most complex.

A face-off shall take place when the Referee or Linesmen drops the puck on the ice between the sticks of the players facing off. Not hard to understand yet.

Now, here is where everything begins to happen. The players taking the face-off, usually the centerman from each team, is supposed to stand squarely facing his opponent’s end of the rink. They are to stand about one stick length apart with the full blade of their sticks flat on the ice. All of the other players must be no closer than about 4.57 m (15 feet) from the face-off spot and they must be on-side (on the same side of the ‘circle’ as their centerman).

When the face-off takes place at any of the face-off spots in the end zones, the centermen now have...

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