Hand pass

Hand pass

A hand pass is an ice hockey term for when a player batts the puck from himself to a team mate. This is allowed if a defending player passes the puck to a team mate who is within his own half of the rink and it is received within the same half. Meanwhile a hand pass is illegal if the defending player batts the puck within his own half and it is accepted by a team mate in the attacking half of ice surface (centre red line and beyond), the play shall be stopped and a faceoff will occur at the position where the puck was passed from.

Should the puck be intercepted by an opposing player, before the pass is complete, the infraction will be waved off and play shall continue, a referee or a linesman is allowed to call this stoppage of play.

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