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has a variety of different offenses that can be committed by players
or even coaches. These can play a major role in the how games are
played as penalties result in a team having to play shorthanded
giving the other team a significant advantage in manpower on the
ice and usually an excellent opportunity to score goals. Below are
the general types of penalties as well as an explaination of some
of the more common calls you'll see in games as well as the signals
the referree or linesman will use to signal them in a game.
Penalty Any player, other than a goaltender, shall be ruled
off the ice for two minutes during which time no substitute shall
be permitted. If the shorthanded team is scored upon before the
two minutes elapse, the player in the penalty box is automatically
Penalty Any player, except the goaltender, shall be ruled
off the ice for four or five minutes during which time no substitute
shall be permitted. The player who is serving the major penalty
must stay in the penalty box for the full five, regardless if a
goal is scored upon their "shorthanded" team.
Penalties A goaltender shall not be sent to the penalty
box for an infraction, but instead the minor penalty shall be served
by another member of his team, who was on the ice when the infraction
shot No time served. Awarded for a player being fouled from
behind and denied a breakaway scoring opportunity. Also called for
deliberately displacing the goal post during a breakaway, or can
be called when a defending player other than the goalie intentionally
falls on the puck, ususually around the defensive net area.
minor and/or major penalties result when players of two opposing
teams are simultaneously assessed penalties of equal duration. In
this case, the players may be substituted for, but all penalized
players must serve their full time in the penalty box and wait for
a stoppage of play to come out of the box. Generally, the timekeeper
will not post these penalties on the scoreboard and the players
will be required to stay in the box for the amount of time assessed
and until "the next whistle".
Penalty Any player, other than the goaltender, shall be
ruled off the ice for a period of ten minutes. A substitute player
is permitted to immediately replace a player serving a misconduct
penalty. A player whose misconduct penalty has expired shall remain
in the penalty box until the next stoppage of play. These penalties
are often called in tandem with a minor penalty and you may hear
it referred to as a "Two and ten". What this means is
that the player has committed a foul such as Checking from Behind
and his/her team must play shorthanded for 2 minutes but the offending
player must then also stay off the ice for an additional 10 minutes.
Generally, a team will put two players in the penalty box with one
coming out after two minutes.
Penalty A match penalty involves the suspension of a player
for the balance of the game and the offender shall be ordered to
the dressing room immediately. A substitute player is permitted
to replace the penalized player after five minutes of playing time
Misconduct A penalty that involves the suspension of a
player for the balance of the game. A substitute is immediately
permitted to take his place on the ice.