DEFINITION: Pads and protective equipment made of any material likely to cause injury are considered dangerous, and their use is strictly prohibited.
- A referee can prohibit the use of any player equipment he feels might cause injury.
- The team of a player who participates in game action with illegal equipment will first be issued a warning by the referee. Failure to comply with the warning to adjust, replace, or secure any equipment as per the referee’s instructions will mean any player from that team subsequently violating rules for dangerous equipment will be assessed a misconduct penalty.
- If a referee deems a skater’s stick to be dangerous, the stick must be removed from the game without penalty. If the skater subsequently uses the stick, he will be assessed a misconduct penalty.
- The referee can request that a player remove any personal accessories regarded as dangerous. If these personal accessories are difficult to remove, the player should tape them or put them safely under his game sweater in such way that they are no longer dangerous. The player will be required to leave the ice during this process and a warning will be issued to his team. Failure to comply with the warning as per the referee’s instructions will mean any player from that team subsequently violating rules for personal accessories will be assessed a misconduct penalty.
- Included in dangerous equipment is a cracked or damaged cage or visor. Although a player is allowed to finish his shift with such damage, it must be fixed or replaced prior to his next shift. Failure to do so will result first in a warning from the referee and then a misconduct penalty.