Offsides is one of the key components to an ice hockey game and can be a make or break factor when determining the outcome of a scoring play. It wasn’t until 1928 that players were allowed to move the puck in any direction, meaning players were standing in front of opposing goaltenders, receiving full-ice passes and then taking uncontested shots on the goaltender.
In ice hockey, a play is offside if a player on the attacking team does not control the puck and is in the offensive zone when a different attacking player causes the puck to enter the offensive zone, until either the puck or all attacking players leave the offensive zone. Simply put, the puck must not enter the attacking zone after attacking players.
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Offside is a penalty in ice hockey that is often misunderstood. It is a rule that is in place to discourage what is known as cherry picking, or sitting in the offensive zone waiting for the puck.
In ice hockey, play is said to be offside if a player on the attacking team enters the attacking zone before the puck itself enters the zone, either carried by a teammate or sent into the attacking zone by an attacking player. If a defending player carries, passes, or otherwise intentionally sends the puck into his defensive zone, any attacking player in the zone is not offside.
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"In ice hockey, a play is offside if a player on the attacking team enters the offensive zone before the puck, unless the puck is sent or carried there by a defending player. When an offside violation occurs, a linesman will stop play.
In hockey, a play is considered offside when a player enters the offensive zone prior to the puck fully crossing the blue line. An offside play is blown dead if the team violating the infraction is in possession of the puck in the offensive zone.
An offside call is when a referee stops a game because a player crosses the blue line into the opposing attacking zone before the puck does. In hockey, the player with the puck needs to be the first one to cross into the attacking zone, or the puck itself needs to be dumped in and a player needs to chase after it.