What is the point of icing in hockey? Why Was the Icing Rule Created? Hockey icing was created in 1937 as a way to eliminate delay tactics. Prior to the rule being introduced, teams that had a lead on their opposition late in games could simply shoot the puck all the way down the ice without the play stopping, thus wasting time on the clock.
What is the punishment for icing? The team committing the icing is shorthanded, i.e. penalty killing (except under USA Hockey rules in competitions for 14-and-under age groups). The linesman believes a player on the opposing team (other than the goaltender) could have played the puck before it crossed the goal line.
Why do they call off icing in hockey? In some cases, the referee will wave off the icing if they feel the opposing player could have reached the puck before it crossed the goal line. This is usually the case when the puck is travelling slowly passed the goal line and the player is showing little effort to recover the puck quick enough.
Is there a penalty for icing in hockey? Icing is a procedural penalty that happens several times throughout a hockey game. The penalty results in a complete stoppage of play, and the faceoff dot moves to the team’s defensive zone that drew the icing.