The crease is designed to allow the goalie to perform his/her duties without interference. In most leagues, an attacking player is not allowed to be in the crease before the puck. Goals can be disallowed if a referee determines an attacking player interfered with the goaltender’s ability to play the puck.
What else is there to know? You can learn all about the crease, including details such as the width of the red line outlining the blue crease (2 inches) on pages 4–5 of the 2007–09 Official Rules of Ice Hockey booklet available at www.usahockey.com (pdf).
See it in action: A goal is disallowed when a Colorado Avalanche player interferes with the goalie while in the crease.
Editor’s Note: Thank you to Kristin Carlson, member of Women’s Hockey Association of Minnesota, for this article.
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