Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/15/05 at 07:30 AM ET
Behind the net, goalies can handle the puck only in a designated area defined by lines that start on the goal line 6 feet from each post and extend diagonally to points 28 feet apart at the end boards. Violators will be assessed a two-minute penalty for delay of game. There was confusion between Fernandez and Roloson this week as to how the rule will be interpreted. Can a goalie in the restricted area reach out and grab or shoot the puck? And what about loose pucks just outside the trapezoid; can he smother or poke-check them from the crease? Goalie coach Bob Mason called the league's officiating office to learn the answers. "The puck's got to be in the trapezoid to play it," he said. As for a goalie in his crease, Mason said, "If you're in the paint, you can reach and grab it."
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