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February 14, 2013 - Burt Angeli
A new rule will reduce the number of teams for the Wisconsin high school state hockey tournament.
Checking-from-behind penalties in Minnesota could result in that player sitting out the season,
In Wisconsin, if a team lands three checking-from-behind penalties during the season, that team is out of the tournament. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports six teams are out because of the rule.
Minnesota took action when a player was paralyzed last season after taking a check from behind. If a player receives a third checking-from-behind penalty, he’s suspended.
What is Michigan’s policy? Randy Allen of the Michigan High School Athletic Association responded:
“The Wisconsin and Minnesota rules you reference are supplemental rules for game DQ's, which is the penalty for checking from behind into the boards.
“In Michigan when a player receives a game DQ for any reason (including checking from behind into the boards) they are suspended for two games for the first DQ, four games for the second Game DQ, and out for the remainder of the season for a third DQ.”
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