Physical Abuse of Officials: Game Misconduct Penalty (Match penalty option is replaced by a Game Misconduct and no time penalty)
- A player or team official who deliberately applies physical force in any manner against an on-ice official and is detrimental to the conducting of the game
- A player who swings or physically uses his stick at an on-ice official
- In any manner, attempts to injure or physically demeans an official
- Deliberately applies physical force to an on-ice official solely for the purpose of getting free of such an official during or immediately following an altercation
Automatic Suspension – Process: Immediately after the game in which such game misconduct penalty is imposed, the Referees shall, in consultation with the Linesmen, decide the category of the offense. They shall make a verbal report to the League Director of Hockey Operations immediately after game and a written report to the Director of Hockey Operations in which they may request a review as to the adequacy of the suspension.
ICE Hockey League Categories (Decision made by the officiating team following the game):
Category 1 up to 3 games – physically demeans or threatens or applies force solely for the purpose of getting free of an official
Category 2 3-6 games – applies force without intent to injure
Category 3 7+ up to lifetime – intent to injure with deliberate action causing injury
ICE Hockey League Department of Player Safety (DOPS): in consultation with the affected official and in consideration for the category assessed by the game officials, ICE Hockey League DOPS will make a final determination for the game suspension length.