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OFFICIAL RULES
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Rule 29 - Signals
29.1 Boarding Striking the clenched fist of one hand into the open palm of the opposite hand in front of the chest.

29.2 Butt-ending Moving the forearm, fist closed, under the forearm of the other hand held palm down.

29.3 Charging Rotating clenched fists around one anther in front of the chest.

29.4 Checking from behind A forward motion of both arms, with the palms of the hands open and facing away from the body, fully extended from the chest at shoulder level.

29.5 Clipping Striking leg with either hand behind the knee, keeping both skates on the ice.

29.6 Cross-checking A forward and backward motion of the arms with both fists clenched, extending from the chest for a distance of about one foot.

29.7 Delayed off-side Non-whistle arm fully extended above the head. To nullify a delayed off-side, the Linesman shall drop the arm to the side.

29.8 Delayed penalty Extending the non-whistle arm fully above the head.

29.9 Delaying the game The non-whistle hand, palm open, is placed across the chest and then fully extended directly in front of the body.

29.10 Elbowing Tapping either elbow with the opposite hand.

29.11 Goal scored A single point directed at the goal in which the puck legally entered.

29.12 Hand pass With the palm open and facing forward, a pushing motion towards the front of the body once or twice to indicate the puck was moved ahead with the hand.

29.13 Head-butting No signal in the National Hockey League.
 
NO SIGNAL
29.14 High-sticking Holding both fists clenched, one slightly above the other (as if holding a stick) at the height of the forehead.

29.15 Holding Clasping either wrist with the other hand in front of the chest.

29.16 Holding the stick Two stage signal involving the holding signal (30.15) followed by a signal indicating you are holding onto a stick with two hands in a normal manner.

29.17 Hooking A tugging motion with both arms as if pulling something from in front toward the stomach.

29.18 Icing (a) The back Linesman signals a possible icing by fully extending either arm over his head. The arm should remain raised until the front Linesman either blows the whistle to indicate an icing or until the icing is washed out.
 

  Icing (b) Once the icing has been completed, the back Linesman will then point to the appropriate face-off spot and skate to it, turning backwards somewhere near the blue line and crossing his arms across his chest to indicate icing.

29.19 Illegal check
to the head
Patting flat (open palm) of the non-whistle hand on this side of the head.
29.20 Interference Crossing arms stationary in front of the chest in an “X” formation.

29.21 Kicking No signal in the National Hockey League.
NO SIGNAL
29.22 Kneeing Slapping either knee with the palm of the hand, while keeping both skates on the ice.

29.23 Match penalty No signal in the National Hockey League.
NO SIGNAL
29.24 Misconduct Both hands on hips.

29.25 Penalty shot Non-whistle arm fully extended pointing to the center ice face-off spot.

29.26 Roughing Fist clenched and arm extended out to the side of the body.

29.27 Slashing A chopping motion with the edge of one hand across the opposite forearm.

29.28 Spearing Jabbing motion with both hands thrust out immediately in front of the body and then hands dropped to the side of the body (essentially the opposite to the hooking signal – away from the body rather than towards the body).
 

29.29 Throwing equipment No signal in the National Hockey League.
NO SIGNAL
29.30 Time-out Using both hands to forma “T” in front of the chest.

29.31 Too many men on the ice No signal in the National Hockey League.
NO SIGNAL
29.32 Tripping Striking leg with either hand below the knee, keeping both skates on the ice.

29.33 Unsports-manlike conduct Using both hands to forma “T” in front of the chest (same as time-out).

29.34 Wash out A sweeping sideways motion of both arms across the front of the body at shoulder level with palms down. This signal is used by Referees to signal no goal; by the Linesmen to signal no icing and no off-side; and by all Officials to wash out a hand pass or a high-sticking the puck violation.

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