Here’s the latest from Larry Scapperotti on a rule that is often misinterpreted from the stands.
Interference with an opponent not in possession of the puck is not permitted anywhere under any circumstances. Obstruction is defined as the use of the stick or body to interfere with an opponent away from the play of the puck.
What most observers do not understand is that the rules also state, “a player is considered to be in possession after making a pass or shot until the puck is controlled by an opponent or teammate.”
There are many times where the player who was in possession, is the one who actually makes contact with the opponent and can be called for interference.
Larry Scapperotti is the rules interpreter for Section 1 ice Hockey in Westchester, and the Referee-in-Chief of the Westchester Ice Hockey Officials Association.