Hockey Minor Penalties

Minor Penalties

A minor penalty calls for the offending player to serve two minutes in the penalty box. His team will be short-handed for two minutes, meaning that his team will be down a skater for 5-on-4. This means that the other team is on a power play. The offender can only come back onto the ice once the penalty clock expires. The power play will immediately end, regardless of the time left on the clock, if a goal is scored.Hockey Minor Penalty

IMPORTANT: A minor penalty differs from a major penalty in that the power play will last two minutes instead of five minutes. If a goal is scored on a power play from a minor penalty, the penalty clock will immediately expire. The player can come back onto the ice.

List Of Minor Penalties

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

Power Play Goals (Minor Penalties)

If a goal is made on a power play while a minor 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 minor penalty is called on a player and there are already two 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 players on the ice (one goalie and three 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.

Other Penalties In Hockey

There are lots of penalties in ice hockey. A minor penalty is the least severe compared to other penalties in the sport. Here is a complete list of penalties in hockey.


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