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Video- The Standard For Cross-Checking

via NHL.com,

NHL Hockey Operations explains the revised standard of enforcement for Rule 59 Cross-checking.



from Scouting the Refs,

Cross-checks around the boards where players deliver low, repeated strikes when battling for position will be now subject to stricter enforcement. One example provided by the league was the cross-check by Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield that injured Tampa’s Nikita Kucherov.

The league also cited a cross-check to Edmonton’s Connor McDavid coming into the offensive zone, where a Flames defenseman opted to use his stick up high instead of delivering a body check.

Based on the examples, the league’s focus appears to be in situations where a player may be eligible to be checked, but where the opponent opts for a cross-check instead of legal body contact.

The NHL also provided two examples of cross-checks in front of the net. Both were hard shots that saw the attacking player fall to the ice.  It’ll be interesting to see how this applies to offensive players at the top of the crease battling for position, where crosschecking is prevalent. No such examples were included in the video.

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