How Many Penalties Are There In Hockey? [Solved!]

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Hockey is a game that requires you to be constantly alert. You never know when you’re going to get called for a penalty and you want to make sure that you’re ready to take one whenever the puck touches your stick. The truth is that there are several types of penalties in hockey and you need to know how many they are if you want to play the game safely. Here are the various types of penalties and how many chances you have of getting penalized:

First Offence Penalty

This is the most common type of penalty in hockey and it’s usually given for the first illegal motion that the officials see in a game. Simply put, if you make any illegal contact with the puck before the referee has given the signal to start the play, you will receive a minor penalty. The contact does not have to be intentional as long as it’s there before the referees sees it. You also have to be very careful with this kind of penalty as you don’t want to end up in trouble because the referee did not see what happened. As a result, it’s often called a ‘hearing’ or a ‘touchee’ or simply ‘awards’ goal’.

It’s a dangerous game, especially when you’re trying to play on the big ice surfaces where the physical contact is very quick and fierce. However, the good thing is that most of the time the calls for the first minor are absolutely fair and you don’t have to worry about being penalized for something you didn’t do. In most cases, the contact is very much unintentional and that is why it is also called the ‘amateur’ penalty.

Goal Differential Penalty

Usually, teams are trying to avoid drawing any penalties in the first place so when they do happen, it’s often because they didn’t handle the puck properly inside the offensive zone or they were just a little too eager to get the puck in the net. When that happens, the referees typically call a goal-differential penalty that is not only going to hurt your team’s chance at winning but it can also result in a significant one-minute hiatus in the game. Naturally, the officials are always looking out for the team they’re playing against and they don’t want to see them score any sneaky goals that might give them an advantage in the game. Goalies are usually the big targets for these types of penalties as they often find themselves between the posts for long amounts of time while the rest of the team is waiting for play to resume. Thankfully, this type of penalty is only given for the most blatant situations and it is very rarely called these days. However, keep in mind that in case of a serious infraction, it can still result in a game suspension. In any case, this type of penalty is a sure way to hurt your team’s cause in the game and it often results in the officials going behind the bench to discuss what happened with the head coach and/or the arena’s security personnel.

Minor Penalty

This is the next most common type of penalty in hockey and it’s also known as the ‘holding’ penalty. As the name suggests, these are the smaller penalties that can be called for an offender who is not flagged for a more severe infraction. However, just like the goal-differential penalty, the minor penalty also results in a one-minute stoppage in the action. Naturally, the officials are only looking out for the safety of the players involved and they don’t want anyone getting hurt on the ice. As a result, they usually call this type of penalty when players are getting physical with each other or when they’re fighting for the puck. In most cases, the players will not be ejected from the game but they will have to serve a minor penalty for the infraction. This type of penalty can also turn into a 20-minute misconduct if the game official sees enough poor sportsmanship on the part of the player he is calling for the penalty.

Major Penalty

This is the most severe type of penalty in hockey and it’s also the one that gets called the most. Essentially, a major penalty is going to hurt your team a lot more than a minor penalty ever could. These are the types of penalties that you don’t want to happen because they often result in a game suspension. Naturally, the officials are only looking out for the safety of the players involved and they don’t want anyone getting hurt on the ice. As a result, they usually call this type of penalty when someone is deliberately throwing punches or engaging in some other dangerous behavior. Players that are found guilty of this type of foul receive a match penalty and they have to sit out the rest of the game. Naturally, this is definitely the most aggressive behavior that the officials will see in a game and it often results in fights breaking out and injuries occurring. If this happens, it’s typically the goalie that gets hurt the most as he is the one that gets hit the most often. However, this is a very serious penalty and it can also result in a lengthy ban from playing in the NHL. Naturally, this is the type of penalty that the referees want to avoid calling as much as possible because it often hurts the team and it prevents them from playing to their full potential. This type of penalty can also be called when too many players are involved in a fight or when a fight breaks out behind the net. In any case, it is always going to be the referee’s decision as to whether to call this type of penalty or not. Naturally, in most cases, the on-ice officials are going to try and stop it as soon as they see it happening.

Summary

As you can see, there are several types of penalties in hockey and they can vary from minor to major. If you want to play the game without any worries, it is always best to follow these simple rules:

  • Always keep your head up when playing the puck
  • Do not cross the line to hit an opponent
  • Do not hold, trip or spear an opponent
  • Do not headbutt an opponent
  • Do not taunt or talk to an opponent when he is down
  • Respect the authority of the referees and the coaches
  • Play fair

Of course, there are more than a few exceptions to every rule and it is always going to be up to the individual to decide whether or not to break these rules. However, the majority of the time, you are going to find that this type of simple behavior is going to keep your team out of trouble and allow them to enjoy the game without any worries about getting penalized. After all, the only way to keep your score accurate is by staying on your bike!

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