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? a) When is a penally shot awarded? b) How is it executed?
•a) Four infractions call for penalty shots: 1) when any defending player, including the goalie, deliberately throws his stick at the puck in his defensive zone; 2) when an attacking player in complete control of the puck is tripped or fouled from behind; 3) when any defending player (other than the goalie) falls on or holds the puck inside his goal crease; 4) when any player (other than the goalie) picks up the puck with his hand from the goal crease while play is in progress, b) Only one player shoots and the goalie, who must stay in the goal crease, is the sole defender. The play is over after the shot is taken.
? A wingman bats the puck in mid-air with his stick chest-high. Is a penalty called?
•No. Any player may bat the puck in midair anywhere on the ice, but his stick must not be above the shoulder line. He may also bat the puck with his glove but cannot hold it or deliberately direct it to a teammate.
? Are amateur players allowed in the NHL?
•Yes. They may play in five NHL games per season without losing their amateur status. Amateur "emergency" goalies may play in more than five games.
? A player's stick breaks, and a new one is thrown onto the ice from his bench. What happens?
•A player must go to his bench to receive a new stick. In this case he receives minor and misconduct penalties and must leave the ice for 12 minutes. (A substitute may replace him on the ice after the two-minute minor penalty has been served.)
? A goalie falls on a loose puck a) out of the crease in front of the net; b) behind his goal line. Is he penalized?
•a) No. This is legal defense. b) Yes. A goalie may not smother the puck behind his goal line, so a minor penalty is imposed on the goalie and is served by another player.