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What is Clipping?

A rare penalty called where a player throws his body to hit a player below or across the knees. Sometimes poorly delivered hip checks can be called for clipping.

Sporting Charts explains Clipping (NHL)

Although clipping is rarely called, if a player does commit the infraction it could lead to serious injury to the opponent due to the hit being delivered to the opponent's legs.

If injury occurs as a result of a clipping play, an automatic major and a game misconduct must be handed down to the offender. If it was delibrate in the opinion of the referee, a match penalty can be given.

Keith Ballard of the Vancouver Canucks received a controversial clipping penalty when he sent Jordan Tootoo of the Nashville Predators flying in the 2011 Western Conference Semi-Finals. Many fans thought it was just a good old fashion hip check.

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