SECTION FIVE - PENALTIES

Rule 503: Major Penalty

This part of rule 503 is Deleted:( For his first major penalty, any player, other than the goalkeeper, will be ruled off the ice for 5 minutes and no substitution shall be permitted)

For a (his second) major penalty, any player, including the goalkeeper, will be ruled off the ice for the balance of the game (game misconduct penalty) and substitution shall be permitted after 5 minutes.

Rule 506: Gross Misconduct Penalty

This rule has been Deleted

Fouls Against Players for:

Rule 520: Boarding

Rule 522: Charging

Rule 524: Clipping

Rule 525: Cross Checking

Rule 526: Elbowing

Rule 530: High Sticking   (However, if the high sticking action that caused injury was judged accidental, the   offending player shall be assessed a double Minor Penalty (2+2))

Rule 536: Kneeing

Rule 537: Slashing

Rule :539 Tripping

The penalty options for all the above shall be;

A player, shall be assessed at the discretion of the Referee, a;

Minor Penalty (2 minutes) 

OR 

Major Penalty + Automatic Game Misconduct (5 minutes + Game)

OR 

Match Penalty (Match)

A player who injures his opponent as a result of ........... shall be assessed at the discretion of the Referee, a

Major Penalty + Automatic Game Misconduct Penalty (5 Minutes + Game)

OR

Match Penalty (Match)

(The old rules for all of the above did not have the Match Penalty or the Automatic Game Misconduct)

Fouls Against Players for:

Rule 523: Checking form Behind

Penalty options for injuries (Major + Automatic Game Misconduct) now removed.

Rule 540: Checking to the Head and Neck Area

The signal for this rule will be - the open palm of the hand on the side of the head.

The penalty options for Rules 523 and 540 shall be;

A player who ...... shall be assessed, at the discretion of the Referee, a;

Minor Penalty + Misconduct Penalty   (2+10 minutes)

OR

Major Penalty + Automatic Game Misconduct Penalty   (5+ Game)

OR

Match Penalty   (Match)

Rule 533:Hooking

A player who impedes or seeks to impede the progress of an opponent by hooking him with his stick shall be assessed a;

Minor Penalty   (2 minutes)

OR

Major Penalty + Automatic Game Misconduct Penalty   (5+ Game)

A player who injures an opponent by hooking shall be assessed at the discretion of the Referee a;

Major Penalty + Automatic Misconduct Penalty   (5+ Game)

OR

Match Penalty   (Match)

OTHER PENALTIES 

Rule 551: Abuse of Officials by Players

A player who challenges or disputes the ruling of any Offical during the game shall be assessed a;

(Minor Penalty) Deleted

Misconduct Penalty   (10 minutes)

for a further dispute, he shall be assessed a;

Game Misconduct Penalty   (Match)

Any player who intentionally touches with hands or stick, holds or pushes or checks with hands, stick or body, trips, slashes or hits in any manner, or spits at a game official shall be assessed, (at the discretion of the Referee) a;

Match Penalty   (Match)

Rule 551: Abuse of Officials by Team Officials

If any team official:

 - Uses obscene, profane or abusive language or makes obscene gesture to any official, or

 - interferes in any manner with any of the officials of the game,

his team shall be assessed a;

Bench Minor Penalty   (2 minutes)

If he persists he shall be assessed a;

Game Misconduct Penalty   (Game)

If any team official,

 - holds or strikes an official,

 - makes a travesty or is detrimental to the conducting of the game, or

 - spits at a game official,

he shall be assessed a;

Match Penalty   (Match) (Bench + Gross Misconduct)

Rule 552: Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Players

If a player makes a travesty of or interferes with or is detrimental to the conducting of the game, or spits to any person on the ice or anywhere in the rink, he shall be assessed a;

Match Penalty   (Match)  (Gross Misconduct)

Rule 553: Unsportsmanlike Conduct by Team Officials

If any team official,

 - uses obscene, abusive language or makes any obscene gesture to any person, or

 - bangs the boards with a stick or other object at any time,

his team shall be assessed a;

Bench Minor Penalty   (2 minutes)

if any team official is guilty of any type of misconduct, or continues behave in any manner in which he has previously assessed a Bench Minor penalty, he shall be assessed a;

Game Misconduct Penalty

(The second team Bench Minor) is Deleted

Rule 555: Illegal or Dangerous Equipment

For a second violation for any offence by any player of the same team, the Referee shall assess a;

Misconduct Penalty   (10 minutes)   (Minor Penalty)

Rule 574: Changing the Starting Line-up

This rule has been Deleted

Rule 601: Women Body-Checking

The signal for this will now be - the palm of the right hand placed in front of the left shoulder.