Ask The Official

“Ask The Official” is gathering content! USA Hockey does a weekly Ask The Official during the hockey season. Officials, players, parents and coaches are allowed to submit questions. We are working to create a similar concept, but for officials only. ALL QUESTIONS ARE ACCEPTED! If it’s about CAHA or SCAHA, we can find out the answer. If it’s a game situation, we would like to have our junior and professional officials give us their opinion on how it should be handled. Please CLICK HERE to submit a question.

While we work to build our content, check out USA Hockey’s Ask The Official.


QUESTION: Are adult league goalies allowed to play with a players helmet?


ANSWER: Yes. Rule 304(c) states, “All players, including goalkeepers, in all age classifications except Adults, are required to properly wear a HECC approved helmet as designed by the manufacturer and with no alterations and chin strap properly fastened.”

From the USA Hockey Casebook, Situation 3, “What are the guidelines regarding the wearing of a non-HECC
approved form-fitted goalkeeper’s facemask? A goalkeeper in the Adult age classification must wear a hockey helmet and full facemask. There is no HECC requirement, but no form-fitted masks are permitted.”


QUESTION: In regards to the new rule where when a shot goes off the crossbar and out of play, the face-off stays in the end zone, would this only apply when the shot is taken in the offensive zone? If the shot is taken in neutral zone, where would the face-off location be?



ANSWER: Rule 612(g): “A team causing a stoppage of play shall not gain a territorial advantage with the ensuing face-off. In this instance, the ensuing face-off shall be at the nearest face-off spot closer to their own goal.”

EXAMPLE: if the shot was taken behind the neutral zone face off dots but in front of the red line, the resulting face off would be at center ice.