Box play

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Box play situation

Box play (English for "playing in or like a square") is a technical term in hockey games and describes the strategy of a team in an outnumbered situation .

It describes the game formation of a team that has to play against the opponent in a minority due to a team penalty pronounced by the referee, in which in ice hockey up to two field players are referred to the penalty box for two or five minutes . As a rule, in ice hockey, the four field players of the punished team who remain on the ice stand in front of their own goal in such a way that they form a square in order to be able to control the opposing five field players to some extent. The opposite of box play is the power play of the full team or the team that has one or two more field players in the game.