Ask the Official: Penalty for Fighting

By Dave Zednik, IHOA Registrar

QUESTION: Two players on the same team become involved in a fight with each other during a game. What penalties, if any, shall be assessed? 

ANSWER: If the fight occurs on the ice, both players shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty and the offending team shall be assessed a bench minor penalty for Delaying the Game. If the fight occurs off the ice, both players shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty. Rule References 615(a & b) and 610(h). It is not feasible to assess the two players each a major and a game misconduct penalty, because the team would have to play short-handed by two players for five minutes. Likewise, a “first to intervene” penalty would not apply to a player on the same team who attempts to break up the fight.



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