A match penalty is only to be assessed in penalty situations where the IIHF official Rule book and/or the EBEL Casebook state that no other penalties are permitted other than a Match Penalty. 

The following rules fall under this EBEL Case Book interpretation for the purpose of calling a Match Penalty: 

  • Rule 118 – Biting 

  • Rule 140 – Engaging with spectators 

  • Rule 142 – Head Butting 

  • Rule 143 – High Sticking (with intent and/or deliberate injury only)

  • Rule 152 – Kicking

  • Rule 162 – Spitting

*Injury protocol for duration of penalty decision:

All IIHF rules where it states – ‘A player who injures an opponent as a result of (the penalty infraction) will be assessed a match penalty’ is to be removed (except for the above-mentioned rules).  

New wording - A player who recklessly endangers an opponent as a result of (the penalty infraction) may be assessed a major penalty and game-misconduct penalty.


The way many of the rules are currently written, a Match penalty must be called if an injury occurs.

  1. What is an injury?

  2. What is the determining factor(s) to deem it an injury?

  3. May not know extent or seriousness of injury at time?

When the rules states a penalty infraction must be called when an injury is present, creates difficult and misleading situations for the game officials, coaches, players, etc. Injury may be a factor, but not the determining factor, with intent and recklessly endanger being the determining factor.