”Fighting” is not part of international ice hockey’s DNA.
Players who willingly participate in a “brawl / fight”, so-called “willing combatants”, shall be penalized with a Major Penalty.
Further Supplementary Discipline may be imposed.
A “fight” shall be deemed to have occurred when at least one (1) Player punches or attempts to punch an opponent repeatedly or when two (2) Players wrestle in such a manner as to make it difficult for the Linespersons to intervene and separate the combatants.
Any Player who persists in continuing or attempting to continue a “fight or altercation” after they have been ordered by the Referee to stop, or who resists a Linesperson in the discharge of their duties shall, at the discretion of the Referee, incur at least a Major Penalty (“Fighting”) plus a Game Misconduct Penalty (5’+GMP) in addition to any additional penalties imposed.
The Referees are provided very wide latitude in penalties they may impose under this rule. This is done intentionally to enable them to differentiate between the obvious degrees of responsibility of the participants either for starting the “fight or persisting in continuing the fight”. The discretion provided should be exercised rationally.
Players, Coaches or Team Personnel leaving the Players’ Benches or the Penalty Boxes:
→ Rule 70 – Leaving the Players' Bench or Penalty Box