Ask the Official: Whose job is it to shut the penalty door in an adult league game?

By Dave Zednik, IHOA VP of Rules & Ethics

QUESTION: Whose job is it to shut the penalty box doors in an adult league game with no penalty bench attendants?

ANSWER: It is the responsibility of the penalized player to make sure the penalty box door is completely shut after leaving the penalty box (if no penalty box attendant is assigned). The on-ice officials cannot drop their focus from the game to monitor this, and the timekeeper most likely will not have access to the penalty box doors.



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