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:
- Minor Penalties
- Bench Minor Penalties
- Double-minor Penalties
- Major Penalties
- Match Penalties
- Misconduct Penalties
- Game Misconduct Penalties
In this chapter, we will learn about match penalties.
A match penalty is called on players who purposely injure opposing players. It calls for the offending player to immediately leave the game and head to the locker rooms. A substitute player must come on the ice in his place to serve five (5) minutes in the penalty box.
REMEMBER: On a match penalty, the offending player cannot return to the game. It's a very serious penalty.
List Of Match Penalties
Here is a list of match penalties in ice hockey with examples:
- Checking from behind
- Hair pulling
- Check to the head
Power Play Goals (Match Penalties)
If a goal is made on a power play while a match penalty is being served, the penalty clock will immediately expire and the offending player may return to the ice. The offending team returns to full-strength.
Delayed Penalty Rule
If a match 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.
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.