A severe infraction of the rules where a player takes the blade of the stick and stabs an opponent. It is also when a player using his stick in a lifting motion, strikes an opponent between the legs in the groin area.
Considered one of the dirtiest penalties in the game, the spear can be quite dangerous, especially if done to the neck or mid-section of an opponent. Penalties in the National Hockey League - NHL include a 4-minute double-minor or a 5 minute major or match penalty.
One of the most infamous spears in National Hockey League - NHL history occurred on April 23, 1988, in a playoff game between bitter rivals, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. Marty McSorley of Edmonton speared Mike Bullard of Calgary as McSorley left the ice on a line change. McSorley was suspended three games for the incident that added to the mystique and further proof of why the rivalry was nicknamed the Battle of Alberta.