Hockey Minor Penalties

Ice Hockey Minor Penalties

Minor Penalty

A minor penalty calls for the offending player to serve two minutes in the penalty box. Their team will be shorthanded for two minutes, meaning the team will be down a skater and playing 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. If a goal is scored, the power play will immediately end, regardless of the time left on the penalty clock.

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, unlike for major or misconduct penalties. The player can come back onto the ice after the penalty clock has expired.

List of Minor Penalties

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 list of minor penalties in hockey:


What happens on a power play goal?

If a goal is made by the team 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. This means the offending team returns to full strength.

How long does a minor penalty last for?

In hockey, minor penalties last two minutes. For these two minutes, the offending player must sit in the penalty box and remain off-ice while their team plays shorthanded. Meanwhile, the opposing team will be on a power play. If a power play goal is scored, the player is released from the penalty box, and the remaining time on their penalty sentence is waived.

What are some other penalties in hockey?

Besides minor penalties, there are a few other classifications of penalties used in hockey. These include: