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Ice Hockey Misconduct Penalties

What is a misconduct penalty? When are they called? Get ready to learn about misconduct 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 misconduct penalties.

Misconduct Penalties

A misconduct penalty is called on a player who performs an action that is not allowed in the game. It calls for the offending player to leave the ice for ten (10) minutes. A substitute player can come onto the ice to replace him.

Hockey Misconduct Penalty

IMPORTANT: On a misconduct penalty, the offending team will not be short-handed and no power play will take place unless a minor penalty, major penalty, or match penalty also took place.

List Of Misconduct Penalties

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

  • Instigating a fight
  • Continuing a fight after it has ended
  • Verbally abusing an official
  • Using Profanity
  • Entering the referee's crease
  • Throwing equipment onto the ice

GoalKeeper Misconduct Penalties

If a goalie is called for a misconduct penalty, another player on the ice from his team must serve time in the penalty box.

Power Play Goals (Misconduct Penalties)

There is no power play on misconduct penalties. Only if a minor penalty, major penalty, or match penalty is also given will a power play take place.

If a goal is made on a power play, the penalty clock will immediately expire and a player may return to the ice. The offending team returns to full-strength.

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