(Note) For the enforcement of this rule, the following guidelines shall apply.
A bench minor penalty shall be assessed for actions that occur on or in the immediate vicinity of the player’s bench (off the ice).
A minor penalty or misconduct penalty should be assessed for actions that occur on the playing surface or in the penalty bench area.
(a) A minor penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct shall be assessed to any player who commits the following actions:
A misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who persists in such conduct and any further dispute by the same player shall result in a game misconduct penalty being assessed.
(Note) If occurring after the game, the above actions shall be initially penalized as a misconduct penalty.
(b) A bench minor penalty shall be assessed to any team whose players or team officials commit the following actions while on the player’s bench:
(Note) If any of the above actions are committed by a player who is on the players’ bench and is readily identifiable, they shall be assessed a misconduct penalty under sub-section (c) of this rule.
(c) A misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player who commits the following actions:
Touches or holds any official with their hand or stick.
Attempts to continue an altercation after being ordered to stop.
Intentionally bangs the boards or protective glass or goal frame with their stick or any other object at any time in an unsportsmanlike manner (when not done in protest of an official’s decision).
Shoots or bats the puck outside of the playing area during a stoppage of play (when not done in protest of an official’s decision or in the direction of a spectator).
(d) A game misconduct penalty shall be assessed to any player or team official who is guilty of the following actions:
misconduct penalty may be assessed in lieu of a 2nd bench minor when done after the initial bench minor has expired.
Bangs the boards, goal frame or protective glass in protest of an official’s decision.
Interferes in any physical manner with any on-ice or off-ice official, in performing their duties including resisting the linesman during an altercation.
A player who receives their second misconduct penalty (for any rule infraction) during the same game shall be assessed a game misconduct penalty in lieu of the second misconduct penalty.
Physically interferes with a spectator.
Shoots or bats the puck outside of the playing area during a stoppage of play when done in protest of an official’s decision.
Attempts to intimidate or physically contacts an on-ice or off-ice official by throwing a stick, water bottle, puck or any other object in the general direction of a game official.
Shoots the puck in the general direction of an on-ice official, or in the direction of a spectator during a stoppage of play.
(Note) A match penalty shall be assessed to any player who shoots the puck directly at an official or spectator in a manner that recklessly endangers the official or spectator under Rule 601(e.2)
(e) A match penalty shall be assessed to any player or team official who commits the following actions:
(Note) The officials are required to immediately file a game report and the offending player/team official is suspended until their case has been dealt with by the proper authorities. Appropriate discipline will be determined using the USA Hockey Standardized Discipline Policy (see Preface). If the incident was reported to, but not heard by the official(s), the officials are required to notify the coach of the offending team and submit an incident report to the Proper Authorities immediately following the game outlining what was reported to them.
(Note 2) Any match penalty assessed under this rule must be reported via written game report by the officials no later than 24 hours following the game. The official(s) should also provide a verbal report to the USA Hockey District Referee-in-Chief within 48 hours.
(f) The use of tobacco products, vaping products or alcoholic beverages by any player or team official is prohibited in the rink area, including the bench areas and off-ice official area. A warning shall be issued by the Referee for the first offense by any participant and any subsequent violations by the same team shall result in a game misconduct penalty being assessed.