When you start watching the game of hockey you will notice that there are a lot of rules for a game that is just trying to put a pock in another person’s net. Of all the rules of the game, there are a few rules that you need to know to understand this game and one of them is icing.
What is icing in hockey? The red line in the center divides the ring into two parts. If a player shoots a poke from anywhere in the center red line (with his goalkeeper) past the opponent’s goal line, it is called icing. This causes the team to face off in the zone and stop playing automatically.
Why was the icing rule invented?
The icing rule was first introduced in 1937 because when NHL teams took the lead they started drying under the ice as a delay strategy at the end of the game.
Without stopping the game a team can simply dry on the other side of the ice and the clock continues to burn precious seconds from the clock. This caused widespread frustration between the paying audience and the teams behind.
Icing in Hockey: Defense and Offense?
The rules of the league are different in the case of icing. In the National Hockey League (NHL), icing is a two-pronged strategy because first and foremost it will disrupt an offensive threat, interrupt the flow and speed of the attacking team, or interrupt action (face to face) so defensive teams can be organized.
However, in the NHL, if a member of a team sending birds along the line from within the team reaches the puck first after crossing the opponent’s goal line, it becomes a smart offensive game, giving that team a potential scoring advantage.
For this reason, you will see NHL players race for birds in a potentially icing situation, as determining which team will touch the puck is first called icing. An NHL rule passed in 2013 has resulted in “hybrid icing”, where the lineman must determine which player will touch the goal first after crossing the line.
If the linesman judges that the defending player will reach the puck first, it is called icing; If the attacking player is ahead (judging by the position of his maximum skate in the face-off dot), icing is not called and the game continues. This rule was passed to prevent collisions (and therefore injuries) because players ran for the puck in an ice situation, first trying to touch it.
In the potential icing scenario, if the goalkeeper leaves his crease and touches the puck first, it is not icing and the game continues.
Sometimes, near the end of a controlled game, a team pulls their goalkeeper to take advantage of the offensive player. If they have no defender, they risk scoring a goal against them because the quick clearance of the pack from the opposite end will not result in icing: when the other team clears the puck on the red line in the center and it goes inside the target, even if someone touches it. Otherwise, it is considered a goal.