Match vs. Misconducts

A match penalty is assessed when a player commits a penalty infraction with intent to injure, fights; spears, butt-ends, or kicks an opponent; or a player or coach excessively abuses an on-ice official before, during, or immediately after the game.

  • Any original penalties assessed are to be sat by another player.  That player has to sit ALL of the penalties committed by the ejected player.
  • An additional 4 minute MAJOR is assessed for a match penalty for a match penalty to a player.  If a misconduct was assessed FIRST to a player then another player will have to sit a 2 minute unsportsmanlike AND a 4 minute major for both penalties.  If it is a coach being penalized, then there are no additional penalty minutes for the team.

A misconduct penalty is for what players/ coaches SAY on the ice.  Such as swearing at the official, verbal abuse towards another player, or coach. May also be for an escalation from an unsportsmanlike penalty where someone persists in disputing, or shows disrespect for the ruling of an on-ice official or if a coach steps on the ice other than to attend to an injured player.

  • Any original penalties assessed are to be sat by another player.  That player has to sit ALL of the penalties committed by the ejected player.
  • An additional 2 minute unsportsmanlike penalty must be sat for a misconduct given to a PLAYER.  If a coach is ejected, there is no additional unsportsmanlike penalty assessed.

In simpler terms a misconduct is for what players/ coaches say and a match is for their actions. 

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