Tri-City Storm Hockey

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        Puck handling by goalies has been the subject of several rule changes over the years.

       In the earliest hockey games goalies had to remain standing during the game. They were not allowed to go down on the ice to make saves.
                                                                            Standing goalie

        But beginning with the 1917-18 season the goaltender was no longer penalized for going down to make a save. Then three seasons later they were allowed to pass the puck up the ice to their own blue line.

        In the 1929-30 season goaltenders could not hold the puck. When they caught it they had to clear it immediately. If they did hold it the ensuing faceoff took place ten feet from the front of the goal and only the goaltender could stand between the faceoff spot and the goal.

        Although no record exists of a team trying to put two goalies on the ice at the same time, the 1931-32 rule book said a team could only have one goaltender on the ice at a time. Also in that season there was a rule against members of the opposing team trying to impede the movement of a goalie or to block his view. Not until 60 years later were rules changed to add penalties for unnecessary contact with a goalie or for infringing on his crease.

                                                            Newer Changes

        There were several rule changes during the 1960’s. During playoffs the backup goalie had to be in uniform but did not have to be wearing his body protector or leg pads. During the regular season each team was required to dress two goaltenders.

        Ever wonder how the player was chosen to serve a goalie’s time in the penalty box? In 1967-68 the rule was adopted that if a goalie had a co-incidental major penalty it would be served by one of his teammates who was on the ice at the time the penalty was called.

        What if both goalies on a team could not play for some reason? In the 1981-82 season the rule was established that if that happened the team could put in “any eligible goaltender who is available.” Even if he just came as a spectator to watch the game? The key word in this rule is “eligible.”

        A variation on that situation arose once during the Storm’s first year here. Our backup goalie was not able to suit up for a game so one of the forwards, Loren Havermeier, had to step in to that role. He was very relieved not to have to play the position! Now, of course, we have had youth hockey long enough, an affiliates list, and a system within the league to provide for emergency backups



Revised: 07/04/2016