I've only really started watching hockey in the last couple of weeks (yes, really), and since we have so many hockey people on the board, I thought I'd ask: What is a clean hit and what is a dirty hit in hockey? I know (or think I know) that you can't leave your feet and that you aren't supposed to bring your arms/stick above your shoulders to hit someone*, but it seems like I'm missing things. I should clarify that I'm not necessarily asking for a definition of what hits are against the black-letter law of the rules - I'm really more interested in what hockey people consider to be dirty. I make the distinction because the current NFL rules of what constitutes an illegal hit are not always in line with what I consider a dirty hit.
Anyway, thank you for your hockey knowledge.
*Also: Don't pick a fight with JimLahey's dad.