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Falling on the Puck

What is Falling on the Puck?

An infraction in ice hockey that occurs when a player other than the goalie intentionally covers up the puck with his body or picks up or holds onto the puck.

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In most cases, players falling on the puck will use a hand to gather the puck underneath their body so that it cannot be accessed by members of the opposing team. Deliberately falling on the puck usually results in a minor penalty (or bench minor). In cases where a defensive player falls on the puck in the goal crease, a penalty shot or even a goal can be awarded to the opposing team. Falling on the puck can also constitute a delay of game penalty, usually when a player closes his hand over the puck.

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