Sportsnutz #4 – Hockey 101

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Episode 4 Hockey 101
Show notes for 09/28/2016
1 Intro – Contact me at
2 – Emails & questions
3 – Top News stories
1. Hockey season starts this week!!
2. Connor McDavid earned another honor on Wednesday when he was named the youngest captain in NHL history by the Edmonton Oilers at 19 years and 266 days old.
3. Bluejays beat the Rangers & the Indians bet the Red Sox’s.
4. Cubs in the NLCS against the Giants
5. NBA preseason started. Season coming soon
6. Cowboys front office says Tony Romo when ready will start instead of Zak Prescott.
4 – Fantasy Time League size What to join.
5 – Games to watch this week
NFL Cowboys & Packers
MLB All of them PLAYOFFS
NHL Saturday Bruins & Maple Leafs
6 Plays of the week coming next episode
7 – Discussion of the week Basic rules for hockey
* The ice surface is divided into three zones.
* The area where the goal net is located is the “defending zone” for the team defending that net.
* The middle of the rink, between two blue lines, is the “neutral zone.”
* The area where the opposing net is located is the “attacking zone” or “offensive zone.”
* Substitutions are unlimited and can be made at any time.
* A substitution does not require an official’s permission, or a stoppage in play.
* A player can join the game during play as long as the departing player is within five feet of the bench and not involved in the play or with an opponent.
The Faceoff
* The game begins/resumes when the referee drops the puck between two opposing forwards.
* During the faceoff all other players are positioned on the defensive side of the puck.
* There are nine designated faceoff spots painted on the ice.
The Game Clock
* The game is played in three 12-minute or 15-minute periods, depending on the youth level.
* The clock is stopped during all stoppages in play.
Minor Penalties
Like all other sports, penalties are often open to interpretation. Some refs call a lot of penalties, some don’t. Some call it by the book, some use discretion. But sooner or later, everyone goes to the “sin bin”. A player charged with a minor penalty is sent off the ice to the penalty box for two minutes, with no substitution allowed. The penalty ends immediately if a goal is scored by the opposing team. Minor penalties are called for obstructing an opponent.
Infractions include:
* Tripping (with the stick or knee)
* Holding (with stick or hands)
* Hooking (with stick)
* Interference (checking or impeding a player without the puck)
* Slashing
* Spearing
* High-sticking (hitting an opponent in the head or face)
* Cross-checking (hitting an opponent with the shaft of the stick)
Penalties are called for dangerous physical fouls, including:

* Elbowing
* Checking from behind
* Kneeing
* Roughing (broadly defined; usually involves a wrestling or shoving match)
Major Penalties
* Majors can vary depending on any youth program’s handbook. But, majors are commonly differentiated from minors by intent. Any check a referee deems intentional will result in a minimum of a five minute major penalty. Any two major penalties incurred within one game will result in a game misconduct (ejection) which will also carry a one-game suspension.
* The most common major penalty is fighting.
* In youth hockey, a fight carries a game-misconduct (ejection) as well as a 2-game, 5-game (or more) suspension, depending on the severity of the fight.
Power Play
This term refers to the team who is “man up” due to a penalty charged to the other team. If the opposing team has one or more players in the penalty box, the other team is considered on the “power play” for the duration of the penalty since they have more players on the ice.
If a player precedes the puck into the offensive zone, play is stopped and a faceoff takes place in the neutral zone. The puck or the puck carrier must always be the first to enter the offensive zone.
* Shooting the puck across the goal line of the offensive zone from behind your own zone’s blue line.
* In youth hockey, icing is automatic. Meaning, the moment the illegally shot puck crosses the offensive zone’s goal line, play is stopped and the faceoff comes back into the offending team’s zone. In the pros, the puck must be “touched up” by the defending team before the offending team in order for icing to be called.
* Icing can often be “waved off” by the official if he feels any player of the opposing team is able to play the puck before it passes his goal line, but does not do so, the linesman can “wave off” icing, allowing play to continue.

8 – Closing