Checking From Behind
Tougher rules are coming to high school hockey due, in part, to an accident that paralyzed a Minnesota player. The National Federation of State High School Associations has moved to increase the penalty time for checking from behind and boarding.
The legal hit that paralyzed Jack Jablonski last winter basically changed the rules of high school hockey overnight.
It was the hit heard around the nation, and now it’s affecting rules in the game of hockey.
More than two weeks after a hockey hit paralyzed Jack Jablonski, the Minnesota State High School League announced major changes on Monday to the penalty structure of high school hockey, effective immediately.
In a rare mid-season move, the Minnesota State High School League increased the in-game penalties for three dangerous types of hockey hits.
Ten players were ejected from a high school hockey game in Winona Thursday night as a result of a brawl that started after a player was checked from behind.