TABLE OF CONTENTS IIHF OFFICIAL RULE BOOK 2023/24 – APPENDIX II 164 DEFINITION, TERMINOLOGY AND TERMS Heel of the Stick The point where the shaft of the stick and the bottom of the blade meet. Injury Blood does not have to be visible to consider it an injury. Blood flowing is not the only determining factor. For example, an injury caused by a high stick to the face could have one of the following characteristics: severe bruising, abrasions, a welt, cutting of the skin or damage to teeth by the high stick. Late-hit A late hit constitutes reckless endangerment of a Player who no longer has control or possession of the puck. Any Player who is in the process of abandoning or losing control or possession of the puck is subject to a bodycheck so long as the aggressor is in the immediate vicinity of the Player with the puck. If the aggressor move to the Player and makes forceful contact, the aggressor risks turning a body check into a late hit by virtue of the vulnerable position of the opponent and the degree of force of the hit. Line Change Procedure The Player substitution during all stoppages of play. Neutral Zone The Center ice area between the two Blue Lines (neither the defending nor the Attacking Zone). Numerical Strength The numerical strength is affected when one Team has a lower number of Players on the ice than five skaters and one goalkeeper due to one or more penalties that they are serving. Off-ice Officials Off-Ice Officials are those appointed to assist in the conduct of the game and may include the Official Scorer, Game Timekeeper, Penalty Timekeeper, Penalty Box Attendants (and the two Goal Judges, if applicable). The Referee has general supervision of the game and full control of the Game Officials. In the case of any dispute the Referee's decision shall be final. On-ice Official On-Ice Officials are the designated persons responsible for officiating the game who are on the ice – the Referee(s) and Linespersons. Penalty A penalty is the result of an infraction of the rules by a Player or Team Personnel. It usually involves the removal from the game of the offending Player or Team Personnel for a specified period of time. If the penalty is on the Team in possession and control of the puck the whistle blows immediately. If the penalty is not on the Team in possession of the puck, the Referee indicates a delayed penalty and does not blow the whistle until the offending Team gains possession and control of the puck. In some cases, the penalty may be the awarding of a “Penalty Shot” or the actual awarding of a goal. Playing Area The three-dimensional area of the ice surface surrounded by the Boards and protective glass but not limited to the height of the protective glass and Boards. Possession of the Puck The last Player to physically touch the puck with their stick or body shall be considered in possession of the puck. A Player can have possession of the puck without control, but they II APPENDIX · DEFINITION, TERMINOLOGY & TERMS