What is the offside rule in the NHL?

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Where does a players foot have to be for a play to be onside when entering the offensive zone?

  1. On or behind the blue line.

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  2. Behind the blue line. No part of the skate can touch the blue line at all.

    3.6%
  1. StoneHands

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    There's currently a debate about whether a players skate needs to be behind the blue line or if it can be on the blue line when entering the offensive zone. I know the rule but I'm being told it's unclear and even the players don't know the correct rule.

    So what is it, can a players foot be on the blue line as the puck enters the offensive zone or does his entire foot have to be in the "white" part of the neutral zone?

    I'm being told that players think they have to be outside of the blue line and don't know if they are allowed to touch the blue line or not.
     
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    I honestly don't remember exactly, but my understanding is that some part of the player (usually skate) needs to have not crossed the blue line fully before the puck.

    Another note is that if the player has control of the puck, they can cross the line before the puck (like if they're skating backwards or whatever)
     
  3. StoneHands

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    Players can bring the puck in behind them if they have control but the discussion was about where their skates or teammates skates need to be.

    It's now shifted to the poster saying the players in the NHL don't know if they need to be in the white of the neutral zone or if they can be on the blue line.
     
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    It can be on the blueline and not be considered in the zone the same way the puck can be on the blueline without being considered out the zone.
     
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    Option 1, it's a confusing rule though. Something the NHL has to look at fixing IMO.
     
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    I'm always looking to see if a skate is touching blue or if you can see any white between skates on the offensive zone side and the offensive-zone-most part of the blue line
     
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    Can I ask what you find confusing about the rule? Genuinely curious because I feel like it's pretty clear but obviously not everyone agrees.

     
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    You can be on the blue line when the puck crosses and still be onside yeah
     
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