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Rule 32 - Linesmen

32.1 Attire and Equipment – All Linesmen shall be dressed in black trousers, official sweaters and a League-approved black helmet.

They shall be equipped with approved whistles, tape measure and an official stick-measuring gauge.

32.2 Face-offs - The Linesman shall face-off the puck at all times except at the start of each period and following the scoring of a goal.

32.3 General Duties – The Linesmen are generally responsible for calling violations of off-side (Rule 83) and icing (Rule 81). They may stop play for a variety of other situations as noted in sections 32.4 and 32.5 below.

32.4 Reporting to Referee - The Linesman shall give to the Referees his interpretation of any incident that may have taken place during the game.

The Linesman may stop play and report what he witnessed to the Referees when:

(i)  There are too many men on the ice

Rule 74
(ii)  Articles are thrown on the ice from the players’ bench or penalty bench

Rule 75
(iii)  When team personnel interfere with a game official

Rule 39
(iv)  When a player who has lost or broken his stick receives one illegally

Rule 10

The Linesman must report upon completion of play, any circumstances pertaining to:

(i)  Major penalties

Rule 20
(ii)  Match penalties

Rule 21
(iii)  Misconduct penalties

Rule 22
(iv)  Game Misconduct penalties

Rule 23
(v)  Abuse of Officials

Rule 39
(vi)  Physical Abuse of Officials

Rule 40
(vii)  Unsportsmanlike Conduct

Rule 75
(viii)  Double-minor penalty when it is apparent that an injury has resulted from a high-stick that has gone undetected by the Referees

Rule 60

Should a Linesman witness a foul (above) committed by an attacking player or goalkeeper (undetected by the Referees) prior to the attacking team scoring a goal, the Linesman shall report what he witnessed to the Referees, the goal shall be disallowed and the appropriate penalty assessed.

32.5 Stopping Play - The Linesman shall stop play:

(i)  When premature substitution of the goalkeeper has occurred

Rule 71
(ii)  When he deems that a player has sustained a serious injury and this has gone undetected by either of the referees

Rule 8
(iii)  For encroachment into the face-off area

Rule 76
(iv)  When the puck has been directed with a hand to a teammate in any zone other than the defending zone and this has gone undetected by either of the Referees

Rule 79
(v)  When the puck is struck by a stick above the normal height of the shoulders and this has gone undetected by either of the Referees

Rule 80
(vi)  When either team ices the puck

Rule 81
(vii)  When there has been interference by/with spectators

Rule 23
(viii)  For any infraction of the rules concerning off-side play at the blue line

Rule 83
(ix)  When the puck is out of bounds or unplayable

Rule 85
(x)  When a goal has been scored that has not been observed by the Referees

Rule 78
(xi)  When the puck is interfered with by an ineligible player/person Rule 5
Rule 78
Rule 74
Rule 84
(xii)  The calling of a penalty shot under

Rule 53

32.6 Unable to Continue - Should a Linesman appointed be unable to act at the last minute or through sickness or accident be unable to finish the game, the Referees shall have the power to appoint another in his stead, if they deem it necessary, or if required to do so by the Manager or Coach of either of the competing teams. If no replacement Linesman is available, the two Referees will assist the remaining Linesman with his duties while still retaining their ability to assess penalties when deemed appropriate.

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Quote of the Day

I remember the first time at Wrigley Field all of us had the long johns, the turtlenecks and the extra equipment because we were afraid of being cold. Halfway through the first period everybody's ripping everything off and we just ended up wearing what we would normally wear for a game at the United Center.

— Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp on the 2009 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic