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
|(ii) Articles are thrown on the ice from the players’ bench or penalty bench
|(iii) When team personnel interfere with a game official
|(iv) When a player who has lost or broken his stick receives one illegally
The Linesman must report upon completion of play, any circumstances pertaining to:
|(i) Major penalties
|(ii) Match penalties
|(iii) Misconduct penalties
|(iv) Game Misconduct penalties
|(v) Abuse of Officials
|(vi) Physical Abuse of Officials
|(vii) Unsportsmanlike Conduct
|(viii) Double-minor penalty when it is apparent that an injury has resulted from a high-stick that has gone undetected by the Referees
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
|(ii) When he deems that a player has sustained a serious injury and this has gone undetected by either of the referees
|(iii) For encroachment into the face-off area
|(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
|(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
|(vi) When either team ices the puck
|(vii) When there has been interference by/with spectators
|(viii) For any infraction of the rules concerning off-side play at the blue line
|(ix) When the puck is out of bounds or unplayable
|(x) When a goal has been scored that has not been observed by the Referees
|(xi) When the puck is interfered with by an ineligible player/person||Rule 5
|(xii) The calling of a penalty shot under
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.