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2020-21 ATO SEASON: WEEK 29

By USA Hockey, 03/19/21, 6:15AM MDT


QUESTION: A player commits two fouls. One is a minor penalty and the other is a misconduct. The player enters the penalty box, accompanied by second player serving the minor penalty. Is the penalized player required to sit for the full twelve minutes, or does he sit ten minutes only since the second minor was served by another player?

ANSWERIf a player receives a minor plus misconduct penalty he/she must serve the entire twelve minutes (2+10) consecutively. The additional player his/her team must place in the box is serving the shorthanded time (not the minor itself). Since the minor penalty must be served first (and posted on the penalty clock) the additional player is in the box so their team will have someone available to leave the penalty box and enter the game at the end of the minor.
If the opposing team scores during the shorthanded minor penalty time, the minor is immediately terminated and the misconduct penalty begins. The player who received the penalties will be released at the first whistle ten minutes after the goal.


QUESTION: I've been hearing about a rule that states 14U teams are not able to ice the puck while shorthanded, but I have been unsuccessful in locating the specific rule in the rulebook. Where exactly is it located if this is the case?

ANSWERRule 624(b)1 in the USA Hockey Playing Rules states,
“Icing shall be nullified if any of the following conditions have been met:
1. (For Adults [male and female], High School and Youth/Girls' 16 and Under age classifications and above only) The offending team is shorthanded (below the on-ice numerical strength of their opponent) when the puck is shot. The determination is made at the time the penalty expires and if the puck was shot prior to the penalty time expiration, regardless as to the position of the penalized player, no icing shall be called.”


QUESTION: Can a player serving a penalty come to the bench during a time out?

ANSWERPenalized players may not return to their team bench during a time-out. However, they may return to their team bench during an intermission between periods (as if they were going to the locker room during a resurfacing of the ice).


QUESTION: Our organization has decided to start playing the National Anthem before games. Are the players required to keep their helmets on during the playing of the song?

ANSWERThis would be one of two exceptions to the rule that mandates players keeping their helmets on at all times. The other exception is when a player temporarily removes his/her helmet to wipe sweat from their face or to make a quick adjustment to the helmet.
That being stated, the players should wait until they are in position for the anthem (e.g. on the blue line) before removing their helmets, and they should immediately replace them after the song has ended.


QUESTION: What rule(s) are in place if a parent enters the referee's locker room after the ice is cleared to confront an official?

ANSWER: There are no USA Hockey Playing Rules that govern this situation. However, the game officials should report this incident to their Local Supervisor of Officials who can pass it on to the local hockey association of the team the parent was from. The local hockey association is in the best position to deal with a parent that behaves in a manner this detrimental to the sport.

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