A penalty shot is awarded to an offensive player who - on a breakaway - is illegally checked or impeded. The puck is placed at the center face-off spot, and the player has a free try at the opposing goal with no other defenders on the ice besides the goalie.
free shot at the goal, taken upon the signal of the referee, from any point along the 4-metre line with only the goalkeeper between the shooter and the goal.
One of the most exciting plays in hockey, a penalty shot is awarded to a player when he or she has been deprived of a scoring opportunity -- usually when hooked or tripped from behind on a breakaway. The player takes the puck at centre ice and goes in alone on the goalie