Transcribed from the Manitoba Daily Free Press, Saturday, March 5th, 1892. p.5
For the benefit of the “oldtimers” and hockey players generally, the rules of the game are published as played in Ontario and Manitoba.
1. The game is played on ice by teams of seven on each side, with a puck made of vulcanized rubber, one inch thick all through and three inches in diameter. Hockey sticks shall not be more than three inches wide at any part. A goal is place in the middle of each goal line, composed of two upright posts, four feet in height, placed six feet apart and at least five feet from the end of the ice. The goal posts shall be firmly fixed. In the event of a goal post being displaced or broken, the referee shall blow his whistle and the game shall not proceed until the post is replaced.
2. Each side shall have a captain (a member of his team) who before the match shall toss for choice of goals. Each side shall play an equal time from each end. The duration of championship matches shall be not less than one hour, exclusive of stoppages. The team scoring the greatest number of goals in that time shall be declared the winner of the match. If at the end of that time the game is a draw, ends will be changed, and the game continued until one side scores.
3. There shall be only one referee for a match, and in no case shall he belong to either of the competing clubs. He shall enforce the rules, adjudicate upon disputes, or cases unprovided for by rule; appoint the goal umpires; keep the time and the score; and at the conclusion of the match declare the result. The puck shall be considered in play until the referee calls the game, which he may do at any time, and which he must do at once, when any irregularity of play occurs, by sounding a whistle. His decision shall be final.
4. A goal shall be scored when the puck shall have passed between the goal posts from in front, and below an imaginary line drawn across the top of the posts.
Goal umpires shall inform the referee when a goal is scored. Their decision shall be final.
5. The game shall be started and renewed by the referee calling play, after having placed the puck on its large surface on the ice, between the sticks of the two players, one each team, who are to face it.
6. A player is off-side if he is in front of the puck, or when the puck has been hit, touched, or is being run with by any of his own side behind him (i.e., between himself and his own goal line.) A player being off-side is put on-side when the puck has been hit by, or has touched the dress or person of any player of the opposite side, or when one of his own side has run in front of him, either with the puck or having played it when behind him. If a player when off-side plays the puck, or annoys or obstructs an opponent, the puck shall be faced where it was last played before the off-side play occurred.
7. The puck may not be stopped with the hand except by the goal keeper (see rule 9), but may be stopped, but not carried or knocked on by any other part of the body. No player shall raise his stick above his shoulder. Charging from behind, tripping, collaring, kicking, cross-checking, or pushing shall not be allowed. And the referee may at his discretion, rule a player who has infringed the above rule, off the ice for the game in progress, or for the whole of the match.
8. When the puck goes off the ice behind the goal line, it shall be brought out by the referee, to a point five yards in front of the goal line, on a line at right angles thereto, from the point at which it left the ice, and there faced. When the puck goes off the ice at the side, it shall be similarly faced three yards from the side.
9. The goal-keeper must not during play lie, sit or kneel upon the ice; he may, when in goal, stop the puck with his hands, but shall not throw or hold it.
10. No change of players shall be made after a match has commenced, except by reasons of accident or injury during the game.
11. Should any player be injured during a match and compelled to leave the ice, his side shall have the option of putting on a spare man from the reserve to equalize the teams. In the event of any dispute between the captains as to the injured player’s fitness to continue the game, the matter shall at once be decided by the referee.
12. Should the game be stopped by the referee by reason of the infringement of any of the rules, or because of an accident or change of players, the puck shall be faced at the spot where it was last played before such infringement, accident, or change of players shall have occurred.