Ask the Official: Coach Verbally Abuses Official on Way to Dressing Room

By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar


QUESTION: A Coach verbally abuses an Official on the way to the dressing room at the end of a period. What is the sequence of penalties assessed to the Coach?

ANSWER: A bench minor penalty followed by a game misconduct penalty if the abuse continues. Rule References 601(b.1 and e.1). Just as if it was during play, the proper sequence of penalties as outlined in the rules must be followed by the Referee. Rule 633 Refusing to Start Play would kick in if the situation were to persist at the start of the next period.



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