The basic role of the official can be broken down into two simple words –safe and fair. By viewing and officiating the game with these two words in mind, an official should be able to call a game that is acceptable to all of the participants.
What constitutes head contact? What penalty will be assessed when head contact is called? Find out that and more with Hockey Canada’s definition of the new rule that will take effect immediately at the start of 2011-12.
One of the best ways to understand what the official looks for when making the call is to look closely at certain cues within the player’s actions. You could say that the initial action a player takes allows the official to anticipate the infractions because in most cases it is inevitable.