Regelbuch DEL Saison 2022/23

Regel 60: High-Sticking

Regel 60.1: High-Sticking

A “high stick” is one which is carried above the height of the opponent’s shoulders. Players must be in control and responsible for their stick. However, a Player is permitted “accidental contact” on an opponent if the act is committed as a normal “windup or follow through” of a “shooting motion”, or “accidental contact” on the opposing center who is bent over during the course of a “face-off”. A wild swing at a bouncing puck would not be considered a normal “windup or follow through” and any contact to an opponent above the height of the shoulders shall be penalized accordingly. For situations involving “high-sticking the puck”:
Rule 80 – High-Sticking the Puck

Regel 60.2: Minor penalty

Any contact made by a stick on an opponent above the shoulders is prohibited and a Minor Penalty shall be imposed.

Regel 60.3: Double-minor penalty

When a Player carries or holds any part of their stick above the shoulders and makes contact with their opponent’s neck, face or head so that “injury results”, in the manner of drawing blood or otherwise, the Referee shall assess a Double-minor Penalty.
Referees making this call shall have the option (but not the obligation) to review video of the play for the purpose of confirming (or not) their original call on the ice, and, in particular, whether the stick causing the apparent injury was actually the stick of the Player being penalized. On-ice Video Review of Double-minor Penalties for High-sticking.
Rule 18.4 – On-ice Video Review of Double-Minor Penalties for High-Sticking

Regel 60.4: Match penalty

The Referee, at their discretion, may assess a Match Penalty if, in their judgment, the Player recklessly endangers their opponent by “high-sticking”. Such assessment of reckless endangerment shall be based on the severity of the infraction, severity of the contact, the degree of violence and the general reprehensibility involved.

Regel 60.5: Disciplinary measures

If deemed appropriate, Supplementary Discipline can be applied by the Proper Authorities at their discretion.
Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline