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

  1. 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 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 uses profane and/or 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.  

  1. 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. 

  1. 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, a misconduct penalty in addition to the minor penalty.

  2. Game Misconduct penalty 

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

    2. A team official who persists in any action for which he has been assessed a bench minor, will also be assessed a game-misconduct penalty.

  3. (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 unsportsmanlike behavior, after being assessed a previous penalty, near or in the penalty box area.

      Ruling: in addition to the previous penalty, an additional minor penalty shall be assessed. 

    4. When the game officials are consulting in the referee crease and a player enters 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 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 a minor penalty.

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

  4. Abuse of Officials and Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Team Officials: Inclusive of Intermission and conclusion of game.

    Between periods, if a coach, player or equipment manager voices remarks to an official (on or off the ice) that is abusive or questioning the integrity of a call, the following will happen:

    Rule 117 - A "bench minor" penalty to the team. 

    When the referee enters the ice to start the next period, he will inform the official score keeper of the bench minor assessed. The referee will also inform the opposing coach and the team in which the bench minor was assessed, either through the captain or assistant captain. The referee also has the latitude to assess a game misconduct to the offending player if he persists or is guilty of any kind of racial remarks.

    No discussions are permitted at the conclusion of each period, on or off the ice. At the conclusion of each period, the coaches, team personnel and players are to exit the ice without discussion of game events.

    Should a coach, player or team official visit the referees’ locker in an unfitting way during or after the game respectively try to discuss the game or respective decisions in that game, the referee is to inform the person in question, politely but strictly, that this is not allowed behavior and ask him to leave the referees’ locker room. The referee is to issue an additional report on that incident and forward it to EBEL. Such behavior will be penalized according to the Penalty Catalogue.

    If a discussion is needed, in reference to a specific situation, the discussion with the referee's is permitted once both teams have entered the ice to begin the next period.

  5. 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. When a coach, player or any team official, is assessed a game misconduct before, during or after the game, this must be recorded on the score sheet.

    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 EBEL Disciplinary Senate (DOPS and Justice Committee) setting out the full details concerning the use of obscene gestures or language by any player, coach or other team official. All abuse of officials’ reports must be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The EBEL Disciplinary Senate shall take such further disciplinary action as they shall deem appropriate.