IIHF OFFICIAL RULE BOOK 2023/24

TABLE OF CONTENTS IIHF OFFICIAL RULE BOOK 2023/24 – SECTION 06 86 PHYSICAL FOULS without a Game Misconduct Penalty), if the criteria for “fighting back” with a few punches is not fulfilled. 46.7. THIRD PLAYER IN A Game Misconduct Penalty, at the discretion of the Referee, shall be imposed on any Player who is the first to intervene (“third Player in”) in an altercation already in progress, except when a Game Misconduct Penalty is being imposed in the original altercation. This penalty is in addition to any other penalties incurred in the same incident. This rule also applies to subsequent Players who elect to intervene in the same or other “altercations” during the same stoppage of play. Generally, this rule is applied when a “fight” occurs. 46.8. CLEARING THE AREA OF A FIGHT When a “fight” occurs, all Players not engaged shall go immediately to the area of their Players’ Bench and in the event the altercation takes place at a Players’ Bench, the Players on the ice from that Team shall go to their Defending Zone. Goalkeepers shall remain in their Goal Crease, except in the event the altercation takes place in the vicinity of the Goal Crease, and therefore shall obey the directions of the Referee. Failure to comply can result in penalties incurred for their involvement in and around the area and Disciplinary Measures. 46.9. FIGHTING OTHER THAN DURING THE PERIODS OF THE GAME Any Teams whose Players become involved in an altercation, other than during the periods of the game, will be investigated by proper authorities and supplementary discipline can be applied in addition to any other appropriate penalties that may be imposedupon the participating Players by Supplementary Discipline or otherwise. Players involved in “fighting” other than during the periods of the game shall be assessed a Major Penalty (“Fighting”) and an automatic Game Misconduct Penalty (5’+GMP). An “Aggressor” and/ or an “Instigator / Initiator” shall be penalized according to the respective Rule 46.3 and/or Rule 46.4. In the case of altercations taking place after the period or game will be reported to the Proper Authorities for further Supplementary Disciplinary action. Should Players come onto the ice from their Players’ Benches after the period ends and prior to the start of an altercation, they shall not be penalized if they remain in the vicinity of their Players’ Bench and provided, they do not get involved in any altercations. 46.10. FIGHTING PRIOR TO THE DROP OF THE PUCK Unless this occurs prior to the start of the game or any period, a “fight” that occurs prior to the drop of the puck during the course of normal “face-off”, the altercation shall be penalized as if it occurred during the regular playing time refer to Rule 46.9 – Fighting. When, in the opinion of the Referee that, specific personnel changes have been made by one or both Teams late in a game and an altercation ensues, the appropriate penalties are to be assessed and the incident reported to the Proper Authorities immediately following the game for review and possible Supplementary Disciplinary actions. 46.11. FIGHTING OFF THE PLAYING SURFACE A Game Misconduct Penalty shall be imposed on any Player involved in “fighting off the playing surface” or with another Player who is “off the playing surface”. These penalties are in addition to any other time penalties assessed, including the Major Penalty (“Fighting”). 06 SECTION · PHYSICAL FOULS

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