Why does the center get kicked out of the circle sometimes in hockey? What is the rule?
The center gets kicked out of the circle if he or she attempts to arrive at the face-off dot before the five second time limit has elapsed. In a game, most people attempt to do this in an attempt to gain an advantage to win the face-off.
The center gets tossed because the wingers either jump into the zone too early or the home team member uses his stick to early.