* On the official score sheet and for the PA announcement the following situations should be listed as “Unsportsmanlike Conduct”.

  1. i. Minor penalty

    1. A penalized player who does not go directly to the penalty box or dressing room as instructed by an on-ice official.

    2. A player who enters or remains in the on-ice officials’ crease while they are in consultation with each other or reporting to off-ice officials.

    3. A captain or alternate captain, on ice or off, who complains to an on-ice official about how he is conducting the game, interpreting the rules, or handling game action.

    4. A player who challenges or disputes the ruling or use profane and abusive language towards of an on-ice official.

    5. A player who uses obscene, profane, or abusive language directed to any person on the ice or anywhere in the rink will be assessed a minor penalty.

      *Minor penalty is to be assessed when it is an infraction that involves an identifiable player.

  2. Bench Minor penalty

    1. A bench minor penalty will be assessed if an unidentifiable player or team official commits a violation of the rules of sportsmanship, fair-play and respect.

      *Bench minor penalty is to be assessed when it is an infraction that involves a team official and/or an unidentifiable player.

  3. Misconduct penalty

    1. A player who in the same situation and at the same stoppage, persists in any action for which he has previously been assessed a minor penalty, will be assessed, in addition to the minor penalty, a misconduct penalty.

  4. Game Misconduct penalty

    1. A player who persists in any action for which he has been assessed a misconduct penalty, will be assessed a game misconduct penalty.

    2. A team official who persists in any action, during the same stoppage of play, for which he has already been assessed a bench minor penalty, will be assessed, in addition to the bench minor penalty, a game-misconduct penalty.

  5. Examples of situations regarding unsportsmanlike:

    1. A player is using profane and abusive language towards an on-ice official.

      Ruling: Minor penalty.

    2. A player is protesting a decision made by any of the on-ice officials.

      Ruling: Minor penalty.

    3. A player is persisting with abuse of an official behavior, after being assessed a previous abuse of an official penalty, near or in the penalty box area.

      Ruling: In addition to the previous abuse of an official penalty, an additional misconduct penalty shall be assessed.

    4. When the game officials are consulting in the referee crease a player is entering the crease to discuss/argue with the officials.

      Ruling: Minor penalty.

    5. The referee has assessed a player a minor penalty for abuse of officials at 13:30 in the first period, at the time 05:05 in the second period the same player uses obscene and profane langue towards the officials.

      Ruling: Minor penalty

    6. The referee has assessed a player a minor penalty for abuse of officials at 13:30 in the first period, at the same stoppage he continues his behavior for which he has previously been assessed an abuse of an official minor penalty.

      Ruling: Additional misconduct penalty shall be assessed to the player.

*Clarification: The misconduct penalty shall be called if a player persists in his action for which he has already been assessed a minor penalty for at the same stoppage or during the duration of his abuse of an official penalty being served. The minor penalty can be called for Unsportsmanlike Conduct as soon as the original penalty has been served by the offending player.

  1. Clarification Procedure for Game Misconducts assessed under Abuse of Officials and Unsportsmanlike Conduct:

    A player, goalkeeper, coach or other team officials shall not challenge or dispute the rulings of an official, before, during or after a game. A coach, player or any other team official, when assessed a game-misconduct - either before, during or after the game - must be recorded on the score sheet, including and assessed to the person guilty of such actions.

    Reports for all game-misconducts assessed under Rule 116 and 168 - It is the responsibility of all game officials to send a confidential report to the ICE Hockey League Disciplinary Senate setting out the full details concerning the use of obscene gestures or language by any player, coach or other team official.