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New stick Rules - Jan/11
In order to reduce/eliminate the use of the stick on opposing players, the league will
be instructing the referees to clamp down and enforce the calling of
obstruction/restraining penalties such as hooking, slashing, holding the stick, tripping
and cross-checking. The main area of concern is the hooking and slashing penalties.
To refresh the memory of all, here are the quoted definitions from the CAHA Rule Book
re: hooking and slashing:
HOOKING- “shall be assessed to any player who impedes or seeks to impede the
progress of an opponent by hooking or butt-end hooking with his stick”.
SLASHING- “shall be assessed to any player who impedes or seeks to impede the
progress of an opponent by slashing with his stick”. The NHL rules define slashing as
“any forceful or powerful chop with the stick on an opponent’s body, the opponent’s
stick, or on or near the opponent’s hands that, in the judgment of the referee, is not
an attempt to play the puck, shall be penalized as slashing”.
The enforcement in calling these penalties will be similar to the way they are called in
the NHL, with zero/minimal tolerance.
The intent of the re-enforcement of these playing rules is to hopefully prevent possible
injury to players, to hopefully reduce the frustration of players and their resulting
retaliations, and to continue to make the CMHL a fun and enjoyable league to play in.
PLEASE NOTE: It is the judgment of the referees in their calling of penalties
throughout a game, and any player who improperly questions or verbally abuses a
referee during a game will be penalized or ejected from the game.
Grace period. In order to give players some time to adjust to the "new" rules and how
things will be called, a grace period beginning today (Jan 30/11) and ending Feb 12/11,
will be in effect. During this time, penalty minutes incurred for each player will not be
counted towards their cumulative penalty minutes which can result in suspension.