All Players shall wear a helmet of design, material and construction approved for ice hockey, with a chin strap always properly fastened, including during “pre-game warm-up”, participating in the game, either on the playing surface or the Players’ Benches or Penalty Boxes. The helmet should be attached in such a way that it cannot fall off. If it falls off and has not been removed by an opponent Player, it has not been attached correctly.
A Player on the ice whose helmet comes off during play has to exit the playing surface immediately.
A player on the ice whose helmet comes off during play is not allowed to retrieve and put their helmet back on their head – for this they have to proceed to their Players’ Bench and exit the playing surface.
If a Player does not comply with this rule, they shall be assessed a Minor Penalty without a warning.
→ Rule 12 – Illegal Equipment
If the Player returns to their Players’ Bench to be substituted for, they may only return to the ice during play with a helmet (with the chin strap properly fastened).
No Player may exit the Penalty Box during play without a helmet (with the chin strap properly fastened). Should they do so, the play shall be stopped once their Team has gained control of the puck and a Minor Penalty shall be assessed to the offending Player. If a Player’s chin strap becomes unfastened during game action, but the helmet stays on their head, they may continue to play until the next stoppage or until they leave the ice.
A Player who intentionally removes an opponent’s helmet during play shall be assessed a Minor Penalty for “Roughing”.
→ Rule 51 – Roughing
When a goalkeeper is hit on the face mask by a hard shot with the puck and the Referee believes the Goalkeeper is or may be dazed by that hard shot, the Referee may stop play for safety reasons, if there is no immediate scoring chance for the attacking Team.
When a Goalkeeper has lost their helmet and/or face mask and their Team has control of the puck, play shall be stopped immediately to allow the Goalkeeper the opportunity to recollect their helmet and/or face mask.
When the opposing Team has control of the puck, play shall only be stopped if there is no immediate and impending scoring opportunity. This stoppage of play must be made by the Referee. When play is stopped because the Goalkeeper has lost their helmet and/ or face mask, the ensuing “face-off” shall take place at one of the defending Team’s End Zone Face-off Spots.
When a Goalkeeper deliberately removes their helmet and/or face mask to secure a stoppage of play, the Referee shall stop play as outlined above and assess the Goalkeeper a Minor Penalty for “Delay of Game”.
→ Rule 63 – Delaying the Game
If the Goalkeeper deliberately removes their helmet and/or face mask when the opposing Team is on a breakaway, the Referee shall award a “Penalty Shot” to the non-offending Team. If the Goalkeeper deliberately removes their helmet and/or face mask during the course of a “Penalty Shot” or shootout attempt, the Referee shall award a goal to the non-offending Team.