In an arena that has the penalty benches located directly next to the players’ benches, which penalty bench shall be designated for the home team?
The penalty bench closer to the home team’s players’ bench. Rule Reference 107(a).
Keeping the players of opposing teams separated as much as possible while they are off the ice decreases the risk of off-ice confrontations that could occur if a penalized player were placed in a penalty bench located adjacent to the opponent’s players’ bench.
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