Can You Spot What’s Wrong?

Many professional players roll their sleeves higher up on their elbow pads because they feel it could get in the way.  Ilya Kovalchuk and David Perron are among two of the many professional players who share in this practice.  Shown below is Sergei Shirokov of the AHL’s Manitoba Moose.

According to the 2009/2010 NHL (as well as AHL) Rulebook; Section 3 Rule 9.3, “Sleeves must extend into the cuff of the glove.”  Rule 9.5 gives the example, “An elbow pad that is not covered by his jersey, he (the referee) shall instruct the player to cover up the pad and a second violation by the same player would result in a minor penalty being assessed.”

I have never seen this rule enforced, similar to the visor rule rarely being called when players tilt their shields up and protect their foreheads more than their eyes (see: Ryan Getzlaf Team Canada 2010 Olympics.)  Could sleeve rolling potentially cost a team a penalty late in the game and change the flow of an entire series (a-la Marty McSorely 1993 Cup Finals?)

– M

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