Distinct Kicking Motion ICE Hockey League Interpretation:
The ICE Hockey League maintains a very liberal interpretation, calling most plays off the skates as ‘good goals’ as opposed to splitting hairs and disallowing.
The term ‘soccer style kick’ – the ‘distinct’, clear cut kicking motion that results in the puck entering the net – then no goal will be awarded (primarily for the purpose of player safety). A soccer style kick gives energy/speed to the puck due to the leg acceleration; this is the reason for the puck to enter the net. There will be an obvious change in puck speed and in most situations, a change in puck direction. The skate will not maintain contact with the ice or will increase in height through the soccer style kick.
Deflections and redirects are permitted when a player is moving his skate in direction of puck.
Key points to look for:
- Did the skate come off the ice? If so, then the chances of a ‘soccer kick’ are higher and reason to disallow a goal
- Was the motion of the skate dangerous to either opposing players or goaltender?
- Was the puck moving at a high rate of speed when contacting skate? The soccer style kick is more probable when the puck is stopped or moving slow. A puck moving at a high rate of speed, the soccer kick is less probable, and a deflection is more probable
- The kicking motion creates an obvious energy (speed) of the puck
- Skate moves in direction of the net with the puck direction contrary to the skate direction
- Without extra energy from the kick, the puck would not have entered the net
When in doubt if the puck is kicked in – award the goal