You may not be familiar with ice hockey rules if you don't live where it's cold. These basic rules will make hockey simple for beginners. If you're new to the game, here is a brief and simple guide to the basic ice hockey rules, equipment and terms. Want to learn the basics of hockey? We cover equipment, rules (simplified) along with some info on the NHL. Come for a visit, I think you'll be pleased. The referee drops the puck inside the center circle of the neutral zone. Basic Ice Hockey Rules. HFBoards Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. The harsher the penalty, the harsher the punishment. Defensively, he tries to break up the play before the opponent crosses the center line. Misconduct is called for a variety of unsportsmanlike behavior or when a player is called for a second major penalty. During the faceoff all other players are positioned on the defensive side of the puck. Game Misconduct Penalties The player is suspended for the remainder of the game and depending on the severity of the penalty, will receive additional suspension. Using a stick or a part of the body to stop another player. ICING Icing is when the defending team shoots the puck down the ice, without touching another player, across two red lines, first one being the red centre line and the second being the goal line. The younger the player, the shorter the pass. ICE HOCKEY BASIC RULES: Each goal scored earns one point for your team. Goaltender The goaltender's main responsibility is to protect the goal and keep the puck out of the net. The true birthplace of ice hockey is likely to have originated at Ontario in Eastern Canada. An ice hockey game is divided into three minute periods. Substitutions take place regularly in ice hockey. There should be two linesmen and one referee sometimes two.