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Illegal Check to the Head

What is Illegal Check to the Head?

A penalty in hockey that is assessed when a player makes or attempts to make contact with another players head with the hit being lateral or from the blind side. Illegal Check to the Head penalty results in a five-minute major and a game misconduct.

Sporting Charts explains Illegal Check to the Head

If a player is assessed two of these penalties in a season, they are automatically suspended the next game. The goal of this penalty is to reduce the number of hits to the head and resulting concussions.

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