2013-08-01 23:22:34 - IISHF - Press Release 
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Rules Interpretation
1. Rules Interpretation
The IISHF Technical Committee has made the following two statements in regards to rule interpretation:

1: Rule interpretation regarding goalkeepers for a penalty shot
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Following an inquiry from the German referee department, the IISHF Technical Committee investigated two situations where one or several penalty shots might have to be taken without a goalkeeper in the goal.

Situation 1)
Team A's goalkeeper has been injured and cannot continue the game (or has been given a game misconduct, match or gross match penalty). The team decides to play with an additional outfield player instead of redressing one of the players to be able to play as a goalkeeper. Because of a mistake of substitution in the final two minutes of the game, the referees call a penalty shot against team A (4.2.13) - or due to any other rule that requires the referees to call a penalty shot (e.g. 8.8.1, 8.14.1, 8.14.2, 8.14.3 or 8.20.3).

Situation 2)
Team A's goalkeeper has been injured and cannot continue the game (or has been given a game misconduct, match or gross match penalty). The team decides to play with an additional outfield player instead of redressing one of the players to be able to play as a goalkeeper. The team makes it into the penalty shoot out at the end of a tied game and still has not replaced the additional outfield player by a regular goalkeeper.

Currently there is no distinct rule to handle situations like this. To give referees, teams and players a clear guidance on how to act in these situations, the official rule interpretation is the following - until the issue has been fixed in the rule book:

General concept: No penalty shot can be taken without a regular goalkeeper (a player dressed as such) in the goal.

In case of a game misconduct, match or gross match penalty (8.11.8) against or an injury (8.27.7) of a team's goalkeeper the team has a 10 minute time frame to redress one of the outfield players to play as a goalkeeper if they don't have a backup goalkeeper available. If they decide to play with an additional outfield player instead of redressing a player, they can do so.

Situation 1)
If there is a penalty shot called against the team during the regular game, the team must put a goalkeeper in the goal to be able to take the penalty shot. If they don't have a goalkeeper available (because they refused to redress a player earlier), the penalty shot will not be taken and a technical goal will be awarded to the non-offending team instead. There will be no additional 10 minute time frame to redress a player. If the team has a goalkeeper available but refuses to put that one into the goal, this will be handled as a refusal to continue the game and will be dealt with accordingly (8.18.2).

Situation 2)
In case there is a penalty shoot out at the end of a tied game and the team has no goalkeeper available to play the penalty shoot out, they'll be given the 10 minute time frame to redress an outfield player to play the penalty shoot out as the goalkeeper. If they refuse to redress a player or if the team has a goalkeeper available but refuses to put that one into the goal, this will be considered as a refusal to continue the game and will be dealt with accordingly (8.18.2).

This interpretation is binding to all referees on all international events. Member countries are strongly advised to implement the rule interpretation accordingly.

2: Rule interpretation regarding sequence of a minor penalty and a penalty shot
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Following an inquiry from the German referee department, the IISHF Technical Committee investigated a situation where a minor penalty is called on a team that commits another offense during the course of the same play that requires the referee to call a penalty shot.

Situation
Team B commits a foul but Team A stays in possession of the ball. During the following play a player of Team B plays the ball with his hands in the goal crease. The referees stop the game and call the minor penalty on the player who committed the initial foul. They also call a penalty shot against Team B for illegally playing the ball in the goal crease. Team A scores on the penalty shot.


The general discussion on this situation was about having two completely unrelated offenses and whether the minor penalty has to be cancelled on a penalty shot called on a completely different offense and situation.

General principle: Penalties will be called in the exact sequence they appeared. The procedure will strictly follow the rule book and all relevant rules will be applied in sequence.

According to this principle the minor penalty must be cancelled on a successful penalty shot.

Rationale
Team B commits a foul against Team A, the referee signals the delayed penalty, Team A continues the play which results in a player from Team B playing the ball with his hands inside the goal crease. The referees stop the game and first call the minor penalty against the player from Team B - the penalty will be recorded on the game sheet and the player will enter the penalty box. From this exact point in time Team B is playing short-handed according to 7 and 7.2.2. Now the referees call for the penalty shot. Strictly speaking the penalty shot will be taken while Team B is in fact short handed, so a goal resulting from the penalty shot will be scored while Team A has a numeric advantage. 7.2.3 handles exactly that - it even explicitly states that the cancellation will happen even though the goal was scored on a penalty shot. The sequence of rules applied is 8.10.x, 7.15.3, 8.14.3, 7.15.4, 7.14.1, 7.2.1, 7.12, 7.2.3.

This interpretation is binding to all referees on all international events. Member countries are strongly advised to implement the rule interpretation accordingly.

On behalf of the IISHF Presidium
Erik Sommer (President)
Ingo Goerke (Finance Director)

 By Sommer Erik

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