Juraj Slafkovsky during a game for the Montreal Canadiens
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Habs Juraj Slafkovsky breaks an NHL rule in an impressive way

Published April 16, 2024 at 2:58 PM

Montreal Canadiens rookie Juraj Slafkovský continues to impress for the Habs this season, however, on the play video below his impressive feat was actually against the rules.

Juraj Slafkovsky is one of the more promising rookies in the Canadiens lineup, and he progressed nicely in his development this season. He currently sits at 19 goals and 29 assists for 48 points, with one game remaining on the season. Between him, Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki, the future looks bright in Montreal.

Interestingly, though, one impressive play that Slafkovsky had the other night was actually against the rules. During the play, Slafkovsky flipped his teammate a stick from off the ice, looking effortless. However, as Scouting the Refs pointed out on social media, this is actually against the rules as they are written in the NHL rulebook.

Still impressive. Still illegal. Habs' Slafkovsky gets away with a stick flip to Nick Suzuki.

Rule 10.3 says you can't do that:

A player who has lost or broken his stick may receive a replacement stick by having one handed to him from his own players' bench, by having one handed to him by a teammate on the ice or by picking up his own unbroken stick or that of a teammate from the ice. A player will be penalized if he throws or shoots a stick to a teammate on the ice, or if he picks up and plays with an opponent's stick. A player may not participate in the play using a goalkeeper's stick. A minor penalty shall be imposed for an infraction of this rule.

Clearly, Slafkovsky got away with one here, as he outright broke the rules. The rule is in place as a play like this could be dangerous if left unchecked, with players shooting arrant sticks around the ice to teammates.
April 16   |   161 answers
Habs Juraj Slafkovsky breaks an NHL rule in an impressive way

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