I don’t care for the polyester sweaters most referees wear; I’ve always worn acrylic ones: first a Bruce Hood model, and currently a Crossbar (both now out of production). They’re soft and comfortable, but the cuff at the waist is rather tight, especially when they’re going over a protective girdle. So my sweater rides up all the time. When play stops, I find myself doing a Picard maneuver to pull the sweater back down.
When my partner has the face-off, there’s a rhythm to it. Glide by and hand off the puck, skate a stride or two out from the face-off circle, pivot onto a backwards edge, and bend over into a ready position, hands on my knees, as I glide back to my spot at the blue line. Two tugs at the back of my sweater, and I’m ready for the puck drop.
Solution to The Nation puzzle No. 3,306 below the fold.