Want to be evaluated? If you want to request an evaluation, please send an email to Bill Maurer, the District Evaluation Coordinator, at eval [at] aaharefs.org.


Clarification of High Sticking and Head Contact Penalties

This is to clarify two high stick and head contact penalty situations that have been raised around the Atlantic District.

I have asked Matt Leaf and BJ Ringrose at USA Hockey for clarification of these situations, and here is what the penalties should be:

  1. Player delivering a BODY CHECK contacts the opposing player with his stick, making contact with the opponents head/cage. The penalties are: High Sticking Head Contact, which is a 2 minute minor penalty, plus a 10 minute misconduct.
  2. Player attempts to lift an opponents stick either chasing or along the boards and misses resulting in his or her stick making contact with an opponents cage/helmet-- no body check being delivered. The penalty is: High Sticking, which is only a 2 minute minor.

The head contact penalty is not intended to replace minor penalties for careless high sticking, as they normally occur when players try to gain puck possession without delivering a body check.

Rule 621 Situations #1 and #2 on page 256 of the Casebook Section of the USA Hockey Official Rules and Casebook refers to the situations discussed above.

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Bill Maurer Named District Officiating Evaluation Program Coordinator

We are pleased to announce that Bill Maurer will be the new Atlantic District Officiating Evaluation Program Coordinator. He has recently served as the Evaluation Program Liaison - South for our District. Bill also brings a wealth of other on-ice and off-ice experience to this position.

Please welcome him and give him support and cooperation as he takes on his new role.

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Request an Evaluation from the Atlantic District Officiating Evaluation Program

Bill Maurer, the Atlantic District Evaluation Program Coordinator, said the following:

I would like to remind all registered USA Hockey officials to email me if they would like an evaluation. I will put them in contact with an Atlantic District Supervisor in their area, to perform an in-person written evaluation with them.

The USA Hockey Evaluation Program is designed as an educational tool to assist all officials. The evaluation process will provide instructional follow-up which reinforces the information presented at USA Hockey seminars and is o...

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