When a player from each team lines up side-by -side, facing the referee, and races for the ball once it is dropped into the water. This procedure is carried out when the referee cannot determine which team should put the ball back into play.
the method of starting play; the dropping of the puck by the official between the sticks of two opposing players standing one stick length apart with stick blades flat on the ice; used to begin each period or to resume play when it has stopped for other reasons.
Identified as a result of the action of the Referee or Linesman in dropping the puck between the sticks of two opposing players to start or resume play. The conduct of a face-off begins when the Referee indicates the location of the face-off and the official and the players take their appropriate positions. It ends when the puck has been legally dropped.