Automatic Minimum Suspensions Junior Hockey

JUNIOR SUPPLEMENT
2016-2017
TABLE OF CONTENTS
JUNIOR A SUPPLEMENT
SECTION 1 – BLOWS TO THE HEAD, DANGEROUS HITS AND CHECKING FROM BEHIND
REGULATION 1 – BLOWS TO THE HEAD
REGULATION 2 – DANGEROUS HITS, CLIPPING AND LOW HITS, GOALTENDER INTERFERENCE
REGULATION 3 – CHECKING FROM BEHIND
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SECTION 2 – ACCUMULATED MAJORS AND NON-FIGHTING GAME MISCONDUCTS
REGULATION 4 – ACCUMULATED MAJOR PENALTIES
REGULATION 5 – ACCUMULATED NON-FIGHTING GAME MISCONDUCTS
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SECTION 3 – INSTIGATING AND FIGHTING
REGULATION 6 – INSTIGATING
REGULATION 7 – FIGHTING
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SECTION 4 – ACCUMULATIONS IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES
REGULATION 8 – ACCUMULATIONS IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES
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JUNIOR A SUPPLEMENT
SECTION 1 – BLOWS TO THE HEAD, DANGEROUS HITS AND CHECKING FROM BEHIND
REGULATION 1 – BLOWS TO THE HEAD
The following situations shall be subject to suspension:
1.1
Illegal Act: If a player is fouled or hit illegally, for which a penalty is being assessed, and as a result of
the illegal hit the player hits his head on the glass, ice or the boards in a manner that results in a head injury,
this shall be construed as a Blow to the Head and a major and game misconduct or match penalty shall be
assessed.
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Major Penalty – minimum 2 game suspension.
Match Penalty – minimum 3 game suspension.
1.2
Direct Blow to the Head: If a player intentionally raises his stick, hands, forearm, gloved hand or elbow
to hit an opponent in the head area, or deliberately drives his stick, forearm, elbow or gloved hand into the
player’s head in any manner, it shall be called a Blow to the Head and shall receive a minor and 10 minute
misconduct, or a major and game misconduct, or match penalty. See after 2.4 for suspensions
REGULATION 2 – DANGEROUS HITS, CLIPPING AND LOW HITS, GOALTENDER INTERFERENCE
Should a player deliver a hit to the head area of an opponent who is in a vulnerable position, he shall be
assessed a minor and 10 minute misconduct, a major and game misconduct or match penalty for Blow to the
Head. A player is considered to be vulnerable under the following circumstances:
Blind Side Hit - If he is hit in the head with a blind-side check from the side. A body check from the
2.1
front is not considered to be a blind-side check, even if the player has his head down.
2.2
Late Hit – If he does not have control of the puck, or has passed the puck or lost control of the puck for
a sufficient amount of time that the opponent could play the puck or follow the movement of the puck as
opposed to hitting the unsuspecting player in the head area.
2.3
Cheap Hit – If he is defenseless while down on the ice and the opponent deliberately makes contact in
any manner with his head area.
2.4
Leaving the Feet - Should both of a player’s feet clearly have left the ice prior to him making a
shoulder check that contacts the opponent in the head area, the player shall receive a minor and a 10 minute
misconduct, or major and game misconduct or match penalty for Blow to the Head.
Suspension guidelines for 1.2 and 2.1 to 2.4 are as follows:
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Minor Penalties – A player shall receive a 2 game suspension upon receiving his 3rd minor penalty for a
Blow to the Head in the same season. An additional 2 game suspension shall result for each
subsequent minor in the same season.
Major Penalty – automatic minimum 2 game suspension.
Match Penalty – automatic minimum 3 game suspension.
2.5
Clipping and Low Hits – Clipping (hits below the waist) shall be penalized under the following
definition: Clipping is the act of throwing the body, from any direction, across or below the knees of an
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opponent. A player or goaltender may not deliver a check in a “clipping” manner, nor lower his own body
position to deliver a check on or below an opponent’s knees.
An illegal “low hit” is a check that is delivered by a player or goalkeeper who may or may not have both skates
on the ice, whose sole intent to check the opponent in the area of his knees. A player or goalkeeper may not
lower his body position to check an opponent’s knees.
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Minor Penalties – A player shall receive a 2 game suspension upon receiving his 3rd minor penalty for
clipping or a low hit in the same season. An additional 2 game suspension shall result for each
subsequent minor in the same season.
Major Penalty – automatic minimum 2 game suspension.
Match Penalty – automatic minimum 3 game suspension.
2.6
Goaltender Interference – 2 or more goaltender interference penalties in the same game shall be
subject to disciplinary action.
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Minor Penalties – should a team be charged with a second goaltender interference penalty in the
same game, the player committing the second infraction shall receive a game misconduct and a 1
game suspension.
o Any subsequent goaltender interference penalties by the same team in same game shall result
in a game misconduct, a 2 game suspension to the player, a 1 game suspension to the coach
and a $500 fine to the team for each occurrence.
Major Penalty – automatic minimum 2 game suspension.
Match Penalty – automatic minimum 3 game suspension.
REGULATION 3 – CHECKING FROM BEHIND
3.1
Checking From Behind: There are three possible penalties for checking from behind: a minor penalty
, misconduct, a major penalty and game misconduct or a match penalty.
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The suspension guidelines are as follows:
• Minor Penalties – A player shall receive a 2 game suspension upon receiving his 3rd minor penalty for
Checking from Behind in the same season. An additional 2 game suspension shall result for each
subsequent minor in the same season.
• Major Penalty – automatic minimum 2 game suspension.
• Match Penalty – automatic minimum 3 game suspension
SECTION 2 – ACCUMULATED MAJORS AND NON-FIGHTING GAME MISCONDUCTS
REGULATION 4 – ACCUMULATED MAJOR PENALTIES – NON-FIGHTING
4.1
Major Penalties - All leagues have seen consistent decreases in the number of major penalties. The
objective is to further strengthen the deterrent by targeting those players that who may be habitual in their
actions. A player accumulating three or more major penalties shall be subject to the following suspensions:
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Upon receipt of a 3rd non-fighting major penalty – 3 game suspension.
Each major penalty thereafter shall result in a 3 game suspension.
REGULATION 5 – ACCUMULATED NON-FIGHTING GAME MISCONDUCTS
5.1
Game Misconducts - A player accumulating six or more non-fighting game misconduct penalties shall
be subject to the following suspensions:
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Upon receipt of 6th Game Misconduct Penalty – 1 Game Suspension.
Upon receipt of 7th Game Misconduct Penalty – 2 Game Suspension.
Upon receipt of 8th Game Misconduct Penalty – 3 Game Suspension.
Upon receipt of 9th Game Misconduct Penalty – 4 Game Suspension.
Any additional non-fighting Game Misconduct Penalties shall result in an indefinite suspension and full
review by the league of the player and the team to determine an appropriate suspension and team
fine.
SECTION 3 – INSTIGATING AND FIGHTING
REGULATION 6 – INSTIGATING
6.1
Instigator Definition – A player who, by his physical or verbal actions or demeanor, is responsible for
starting or causing, or attempting to start or cause, a fight based on any one or more of the following criteria:
• throwing or attempting to throw the first punch
• verbal invitation, instigation or threat
• distance traveled to the altercation
• removing gloves first
• attempting to throw, throwing or continuing to throw punch(es) at an opponent who has physically or
verbally expressed unwillingness to fight
• attempting to throw, throwing or continuing to throw punch(es) at an opponent who is in a
defenseless position
• menacing attitude or posture towards an opponent
• retaliation for a legal or illegal action (e.g., body check)
6.2
Accumulated Instigator Penalties - A player accumulating two or more instigator penalties in the same
season shall be subject to the following suspensions:
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Upon receipt of 2nd instigator penalty – 1 game suspension.
Upon receipt of 3rd instigator penalty – 2 game suspension.
Upon receipt of 4th instigator penalty – 3 game suspension.
Upon receipt of 5th instigator penalty – 4 game suspension.
Any additional instigator penalties shall result in an indefinite suspension and full review by the league
of the player and the team to determine an appropriate suspension and team fine.
REGULATION 7 – FIGHTING
Two or more fights on the same stoppage of play shall be deemed to be a multiple fight situation and shall be
subject to disciplinary action.
7.1
Two Fights on the Same Stoppage - When two fights occur during the same stoppage of play, players
involved in the second fight shall be subjected to an automatic suspension.
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If there is no instigator in the second fight – each player is suspended 1 game.
If there is an instigator in the second fight – the instigating player is suspended a minimum of 2 games.
The non-instigating player shall not be suspended.
7.2
Three or More Fights On the Same Stoppage – When three or more fights occur during the same
stoppage of play, players involved in the second fight and all subsequent fights shall be subjected to an
automatic suspension.
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If a team is identified as the instigator of the multiple fight situation, the following minimum penalties
shall be applied:
o Instigating player(s) - 5 game suspension.
o All players from instigating team who participated in multiple fight situation – 2 game
suspension.
o Coach of instigating team – 1 game suspension.
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If it is clear by the evidence that the multiple fights were instigated by one team, players from
the non-instigating team shall not be suspended.
If an instigator is not identified, the following minimum penalties shall be applied:
o All participating players – 2 game suspension.
o Coaches – 1 game suspension.
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Players involved in the initial fight shall not be subject to the multiple fight penalties and
suspensions.
Participation in subsequent multiple fight situations within the same season shall result in
increased fines.
7.3
Leaving the Bench - Any player that leaves the bench, bench area, dressing room, or penalty box to
become engaged in a fight or become a third-man in a fight shall result in the following minimum penalties:
o 6 game suspension.
7.4
Staged Fights – Should a player enter the ice surface after a whistle and get involved in an altercation
before or immediately after the drop of the puck to start the new play and at the conclusion of any game
when players have left the bench shall be deemed a staged fight.
7.4.1
Staged Fights - Players participating in a staged fight shall be subject to a suspension.
• If there is no instigator, each player shall be suspended 3 games and the teams shall be given a verbal
warning by the game official.
• If a subsequent staged fight occurs in the same game, the participating players shall be suspended 3
games, the coaches shall be ejected from the game.
• If a player is identified as the instigator of a staged fight, the instigating player(s) shall receive a 5 game
suspension and the coach shall receive a 2 game suspension.
7.5
Fights in Pre-Game or Period End - If a fight occurs during the pre-game warm-up, prior to the start of
the game or the start of a period, or at the conclusion of a period, the following shall apply:
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Any player involved in a fight during the pre-game warm-up, prior to the start of the game or the start
of a period, or at the conclusion of a period. shall receive a minimum (2) two game suspension plus
any other penalties which may be applied.
If an instigator is identified in the above situations, the following minimum penalties shall be applied:
o Instigating player(s) - 5 game suspension.
o Coach – 3 game suspension.
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7.6
Fights in the Last 10 Minutes of a Game - If a fight should occur in the last ten minutes of the game,
the coaches of both teams shall be issued a warning that a subsequent fight will result in game misconducts to
coaches. However, if an instigator is identified in such subsequent fight, only the coach of the instigating
player shall receive the game misconduct.
Goaltender Fighting – Fighting by Goaltenders shall result in the following suspensions:
o Any fights between goaltenders is a minimum three games
o Should the goaltenders of the two clubs meet between the blue lines and fight, the
goaltenders shall each be issued a game misconduct and be suspended for three games.
o Should one goaltender go inside the other club’s blue line to fight with the other goaltender,
he shall be issued a game misconduct and suspended for five games.
o Should a goaltender be involved in fighting with an opposing goaltender a second time in the
season, a six game suspension shall be issued.
o Should a goaltender leave the crease to engage in a fight with any player other than a
goaltender, he shall be suspended a minimum of two games.
o Should a goaltender get involved in a multiple fight situation in his end of the arena, but not
fight the other goaltender, it shall be classified as a multiple fight situation and be subject to a
two game suspension and as well as any other penalties or suspensions that may apply.
o Any extraordinary circumstances surrounding a goaltender’s actions shall be reviewed by the
league and disciplined accordingly.
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7.8
Removing Equipment to Fight – Any player who purposely removes playing equipment prior to or in
preparation for a fight shall be subject to a suspension.
7.8.1 Removing the Helmet - If a player deliberately removes his helmet to fight or challenge an
opponent to fight, or deliberately removes the helmet of his opponent, he shall be assessed a gross
misconduct penalty and a minimum 1 game suspension.
7.8.2 Removing Other Equipment - If any player leaves any equipment on the bench in preparation
for a fight, he shall be issued a game misconduct in addition to any other penalties that may apply and
suspended for a minimum of one game. The Head Coach of the team shall be issued a game
misconduct and suspended for one game. Should a second situation occur with the same player and
team, the suspension shall be two games to the player and the Head Coach in addition to a full review.
7.9
Accumulated Fighting Majors – Above and beyond the preceding fighting regulations, all fighting
majors shall tracked and accumulated and shall result in the following suspensions based on accumulated
totals:
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Upon receipt of 5th fighting major - 1 game suspension
Upon receipt of 6th fighting major - 3 game suspension
Upon receipt of 7th fighting major - 4 game suspension
Upon receipt of 8th fighting major - 8 game suspension
Any subsequent fighting major shall result in a complete review by the league to determine an
appropriate suspension and team fine.
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SECTION 4 – ACCUMULATIONS IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES
REGULATION 8 – ACCUMULATIONS IN MULTIPLE CATEGORIES
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Accumulated Infractions – For all the categories listed below players who are on the accumulated
suspension border in more than one category may be reviewed.
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Checking from Behind (Minor, Major or Match)
Blows to the Head (Minor, Major or Match)
Non-Fighting Majors
Instigators
Upon receipt of 5th infraction from any of the above categories (and any subsequent infraction thereafter) a
player will receive an automatic 1 game suspension, which suspension is in addition to any suspension that
may apply under the specific regulation relating to such category. Such player will also be required to
participate in a hearing among the player, his coach and a league official to discuss, among other things, the
objectives of the Junior A Supplement, specific regulations contained in the Junior A Supplement, the player's
impugned behavior, the responsibility of the player to adjust his behavior and actions and the consequences if
such player fails to correct his behavior and actions. Should a second hearing be required, the player will
receive a minimum 1 game suspension plus additional discretionary discipline based on the nature of the
subsequent infraction.
Note: All accumulations and consequences are in force for the entire regular season and playoffs.
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Appendix
Junior A Supplement
When two players are fully engaged in a fight or wrestling on the ice (each equally involved), the result will be
that both players will be assessed a Major penalty plus a Game Misconduct for fighting and both are ejected
from the game.
However, the rules specifically state that one player may be assessed a Major plus a Game Misconduct for
fighting and the opposing player a Minor for roughing or perhaps not assessed any penalty. In this case, the
player receiving the Major penalty would also receive an extra Minor penalty as instigator as well as
being ejected from the game.
In the event that one player makes no attempt to retaliate other than to protect or defend himself, and in the
opinion of the referee does not engage in the fight, one player may be assessed a Major penalty plus a Game
Misconduct for fighting and the opposing player a Minor for roughing or perhaps not assessed any penalty. In
this case the player receiving the Major penalty would also receive an extra Minor penalty as instigator.
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