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Ice Hockey Bench Minor Penalties

What is a bench minor penalty? When are they called? Get ready to learn about bench minor penalties in ice hockey.


A penalty is called on any player who breaks the rules of ice hockey defined in the rulebook for a league. Penalties result in a power play for the opposing team and can sometimes result in penalty shots if a penalty affected a scoring opportunity.

There are seven (7) main categories of penalties in ice hockey:

In this chapter, we will learn about bench minor penalties.

Bench Minor Penalties

A bench minor penalty is like a minor penalty in that it calls for the offending player to serve two (2) minutes in the penalty box.

Hockey Bench Minor Penalty

His team will be short-handed for two minutes, while the opposing team is on a power play. Once the penalty clock expires, the offending team will return to full-strength.

List Of Bench Minor Penalties

Here is a list of bench minor penalties in ice hockey with examples:

IMPORTANT: Some penalties are listed among multiple categories. The penalty will be based on the severity of the consequences. For example, fighting in ice hockey is an automatic major penalty, but it may be a match penalty if blood is drawn.

Power Play Goals (Bench Minor Penalties)

If a goal is made on a power play while a bench minor penalty is being served, the penalty clock will immediately expire and the offending player may return to the ice. The offending team will return to full-strength once the penalty expires.

Delayed Penalty Rule

If a bench minor penalty is called on a player and there are already two (2) other players on his team serving penalties, the penalty clock will not start ticking until at least one of the other penalties has expired. However, a substitute can take his place on the ice.

REMEMBER: A team cannot have fewer than four (4) players on the ice (one (1) goalie and three (3) skaters).

Coincidental Penalty Rule

Sometimes calling penalties can be more complicated when multiple players on both teams are called for penalties at the same time.

In this case, the Referees will determine the on-ice strength of both teams by canceling out as many minor penalties, bench minor penalties, double-minor penalties, major penalties, and match penalties as possible.

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