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DEFINITION: A player who impedes the movement of an opponent with one or both hands, arms, legs, or in any other way to prevent him from skating freely.
i. A player who holds an opponent will be assessed a minor penalty.
ii. There are three common methods of holding:
1. A player who grabs an opponent with one or both arms with the sole intent of preventing that opponent from skating freely with or without the puck;
2. A player who uses the boards to pin an opponent using his arms or upper or lower body to prevent that opponent from moving away from the boards and who makes no attempt to play the puck;
3. A player who grabs the sweater of an opponent to restrain his free movement or to slow him down.

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