Rulebook and Procedures
Re: Slew Footing Clarification
We have had a number of questions in regards to the new Hockey Canada rule for Tripping and Slew Footing. The purpose of this memo is to clarify the expectations of such, so that our officials can exercise consistency and proper judgement in making these calls.
Hockey Canada states that the new rule for Slew Footing is: A player who slew foots an opponent shall be assessed a double minor penalty and a game misconduct if he is standing still while committing the foul. Should the player be moving (skating) or if any injury results from the infraction, the player shall be assessed a match penalty. A match penalty shall be assessed to any play who attempts to injures or deliberately injuries an opponent with a slew foot.
Hockey Canada defines “slew foot” as this: The action of tripping a player by knocking a player's skates out from behind with a kicking or leg dragging motion.
The act of slew footing includes contact with the back of the defending player’s skates or leg or a kicking or leg dragging motion in which it knocks out the defending player’s feet from under him along with the motion of the offending player’s upper body/arm or stick forcing the defending player backwards. It may also include the action of tripping a player by knocking a player's skates out from behind, with a kicking or leg dragging motion, if the intent is to “slew foot” the opponent.
If a player uses the skates or stick, and knocks an opponent’s skates out from behind, but there is NO intent to “slew foot”, tripping shall be called.
The distinction for calling a “slew foot” in SHA games is the upper body/arm or stick motion of the offending player or the simple intent of the player.
Should you have further questions, please do not hesitate to email or call a member of the SHA Referees Division executive.
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