Players are only allowed to return the ice when the duration of the penalty expires.
In this tutorial, we will learn the rules of fighting and the consequences of players participating in one.
Fighting in ice hockey can have serious consequences for players and teams. However, fans and officials encourage it, so that players can settle disputes. The rules and consequences of participating in a fight are highly technical and can result in serious penalties, fines, and suspensions.
REMEMBER: Fights can can sometimes escalate into an all out brawls involving the entire team. We'll cover both cases in this tutorial.
Players are not allowed to remove their helmets prior to the fight. If they do they will be given a minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. It is not a penalty if player's helmets fall off during the fight.
All fights end when any player falls to the ground on the ice.
When referees assign penalties for fighting they will classify each player as:
Players can be categorized as both. This procedure is used to assign penalties, fines, and suspensions.
The aggressor in a fight is a player who wins the fight. The aggressor may continue to fight, even after the other fighter gives up. The aggressor always receives a major penalty and a game misconduct penalty.
The instigator in a fight is a player instigates the fight. Here are some examples of the instigator during a fight:
- He throws the first punch
- He uses verbal language to incite another player
Summary of Fighting Penalties (NHL)
- Any player who participates in a fight will receive a major penalty.
- A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct is given if players remove their helmets or jerseys
- A match penalty is given if players are taped up at the hands and draw blood
Misconduct Penalty (Fighting NHL)
Fighting off the playing surface (or with another player who is off the playing surface)
Game Misconduct Penalty (Fighting NHL)
Fighting off the playing surface
Major Penalty + Misconduct Penalty (Fighting NHL)
The following are situations where a player will receive both a major penalty and a misconduct penalty for fighting: