To protect the health and safety of IHNSW Officials and partcipants, there are specific gameplay rules and standards in place for penalties should players or team officials take any of the following actions:
1. A player or team official who spits anywhere in the rink during the game will be penalised under IIHF Rule 168 Unsportsmanlike Conduct iii Misconduct (10’)
2. A player or team official who, outside of normal gameplay, encroaches on and remains in an official’s personal social distancing space of 1.5 meters will be penalised under IIHF Rule 116 Abuse of Officials iii Misconduct (10’)
3. A player or team official who shouts at an official at any time during the game will be penalised under IIHF Rule 116 Abuse of Officials i Minor (2’) and subsequently under iv Game Misconduct (20’) if required.
4. All player scrums should be penalised, any gathering of players after the whistle should be penalised under IIHF Rule 158 Roughing i with a minor (2’), double minor (2’+2’), or major (5’) and automatic game-misconduct (20’) penalty.
For more information about the IHA safe practices to protect the safety of officials – please click below to download guidelines provided by IHA’s RIC Joe Mayer: