HOCKEY ACROSS AMERICA

National Hockey League Officials Dressing Room NHL Crew (Fr L to R) Eric Furlatt, Thor Nelson, Mark Wheeler, Justin St. Pierre, Jacie Acker and Travis Hall

 In celebration of Hockey Weekend Across America --

February 19, 2012
American Airlines Center


You could see their  excitement when they put on those NHL sweaters.

At the request of USA Hockey, I was asked to select two officials to participate in this event. I selected Jacie and Travis to represent USA Hockey Officiating and all registered officials in Texas during the weekend celebration of our game. Hockey Weekend Across America is a cooperative effort by USA Hockey and the National Hockey League designed to promote the great game of ice hockey and motivate others to participate in our great game.

They had the opportunity to meet with the on ice NHL officials in their dressing room about  75 minutes prior to game time.  They were able to ask questions and seek information from the best officials in the world about how they got started, how they prepare, how they handle particular on ice situations, etc.  They were also acknowledged as USA Hockey Officials as part of the ceremonies taking place at the game.

Ken Reinhard
State Supervisor of Officials, Texas
USA Hockey
817 994 7818

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Subject: RULE 615c - Fighting - Helmet Removal

To All:

I have been involved with discussions with USA Hockey about the assessment of penalties in accordance with this rule change. Multiple of scenarios have been presented and discussed about who takes off a helmet, how and why a helmet would come off, etc. The examples have been many and the result is this- very simply:

If a helmet comes off one or more players in an altercation, a game misconduct penalty or a match penalty, including a double match penalty must be assessed. Here are some examples –

Scenario A: Two players begin an altercation and Player A reaches in and grabs Player B’s helmet and removes it

Result A: Player A receives a Match penalty for deliberate helmet removal

Scenario B: Two players begin an altercation and Player A and Player B both remove their helmets prior to fighting

Result B: Both players receive Match penalties for deliberate helmet removal

Scenario C: Two players begin an altercation and Player A repeatedly punches Player B in the helmet which knocks B’s helmet off.

Result C: Player A receives a Game Misconduct for non-deliberate removal of the helmet

Scenario D: Two players begin an altercation and fall to the ice. After falling, Player A’s helmet comes off his head.

Result D: Player A receives a Game Misconduct for not wearing his helmet properly during an altercation

Scenario E: Player A turtles/ try’s to escape or after being repeatedly punched in his helmet, loses his helmet.

Result E: Player A receives a Game Misconduct for not wearing his helmet properly during an altercation

The difference between A and C is the opponent deliberately targeted the helmet in Scenario A, as opposed to simply throwing punches which knocks the helmet off. Scenario B is an obvious one. Scenario D is a situation where a helmet came off the player due to being improperly worn. Scenario E- I know, hard to believe but a penalty must be assessed.

We would not penalize the player who has his helmet removed by an opponent, regardless of being improperly worn. Furthermore, we do not reduce a player’s penalty for deliberately targeting the helmet if the opponent’s helmet is improperly worn. The purpose behind the rule change is to eliminate removal of the helmet during altercations.

Also, I have discussed - what if a player removes both his own and his opponents helmet? It is 2 Match penalties. The reason is if it were only a single match penalty, the player knows he already has one for taking off his own helmet, the removal of his opponents helmet then is a “free bee”...a "2 for 1” if you will. That is why two match penalties must be assessed if it occurs.

Teach, enforce and communicate it as black and white, no gray, no judgment.

Ken Reinhard
State Supervisor of Officials, Texas
USA Hockey
817 994 7818

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