Zone IV High School Hockey League Constitution (revised April 2009)


Article 1 Name
This organization shall be known as the Zone 1V High School Hockey League, sanctioned by the MHSAA.
Article 2 Membership
i) The Zone 1V High School Hockey League shall be open to membership from any high school in the Zone 1V area provided their entrance is sanctioned by their school administration and School Board. Membership may be acquired by the submission in writing of an application to the Executive prior to the Spring Annual Meeting. Schools outside of Zone 1V boundaries are eligible to enter upon acceptance by 2/3 of present hockey League members. These teams will be responsible for Zone IV fees and league fees. Performance bond assessments will continue to be made to their specific zone. All co-op school applications must be approved by MHSAA. No school can be added to the co-op without MHSAA approval.
ii) Teams are expected to have a school representative at all league meetings. All teams intending to compete in Zone IV for the given year must be in attendance to declare this intention. A school may only be absent if permission is granted by the league president due to exceptional circumstances. Failure to attend will mean that a team is fined $200 and their membership in the league is suspended until that fine is paid.
Article 3 Philosophy
The major philosophy behind the Zone IV High School Hockey League is to provide a well-organized league with an opportunity to play hockey at the high school level where players and team personnel may compete in a spirit of good sportsmanship and fair play while enjoying “the other half of education.” All aspects of the League’s activity must be under the direct supervision and responsibility of the participating schools.
Article 4 League Executive
The League Executive shall be elected at the Spring Annual Meeting. Volunteers for any position may be accepted with the consent of the majority of the voting delegates. The executive shall consist of a President, Commissioner, Secretary-Treasurer and Statistician.
Article 5 Duties of the League Executive
5.01 President
i) The President shall preside at all League, Executive and special meetings and perform the duties usual to the office.
ii) The president should exercise the powers of the Executive in case of emergency, when it is impossible for him to obtain a ruling from the Executive or the Discipline & Appeals Committee.
iii) The president sits on all Committees as an Ex Officio voting member.
iv) The President can suspend a member school, teams, players, or coaches subject to ratification at the next meeting of the Executive.
v) The president will only vote in order to break a tie in regular League meetings.
vi) The President shall organize and preside over any appeals.
vii) The President shall be one of the three (3) League signing officers.
viii) The President shall present the league banner and trophy at the final Zone 4 playoff game.
ix) The President shall be in attendance at game two of the final series to present the league awards.
x) The President shall be in attendance at the Zone 4 all-star game and shall provide a welcome to all in attendance on behalf of Zone IV Hockey and present the all-star game MVP award if the host committee would like.
xi) The President shall oversee the league award selection process.
5.02 Commissioner
i) The Commissioner, in the absence of the President or in the event of his/her inability to act, shall have and exercise all the powers of the President.
ii) The Commissioner’s primary function will be to see that the Rules, Regulations, and Procedures of the Zone IV High School Hockey league are carried out in accordance with the Constitution.
iii) The commissioner will be responsible for team registration and player registration, regular season and playoff scheduling, and compilation of results. These duties may be delegated as required.
iv) The Commissioner is the first contact with regard to discipline and appeals. The recording and enforcing of suspensions will be in accordance with the Constitution and CHA rules.
v) The commissioner shall notify the President, School Principal(s), and the Coach(s) involved of any disciplinary action(s) taken against a particular player(s) or team(s).
vi) The Commissioner will validate players under suspension by other Leagues or organizations.
5.03 Secretary-Treasurer
i) The Secretary-Treasurer shall keep accurate minutes of the Zone 1V High School Hockey League Executive and General meetings and distribute them appropriately.
ii) The Secretary-Treasurer will prepare a financial statement to be presented at the League meetings.
iii) The Secretary-Treasurer may recommend to the League Executive that a team be fined $50 if fees are not paid prior to the start of the first League game.
iv) The Secretary-Treasurer shall handle all League financial situations and be one of the three (3) League signing officers.
v) The Secretary-Treasurer shall arrange for a photographer to take photographs at game two of the league final as well as the game in which the championship banner is presented.
vi) The Secretary-Treasurer shall oversee a schedule committee whose purpose is to produce a hard copy league schedule that can be distributed throughout the Zone.
5.04 Statistician
i) The Statistician shall compile individual and team statistics for the League and will distribute the statistics in a timely manner to League contacts.
ii) The Statistician shall be one of the three (3) League signing officers.
Article 6 Discipline & Appeals Committee
6.01 The Discipline & Appeals Committee shall consist of the President, Commissioner, Statistician, Referee-in-Chief, and a knowledgeable, neutral individual appointed by the President.
6.02 All appeals regarding matters which are not specifically provided elsewhere in the Constitution such as: eligibility, registration, releases and/or transfer of players, etc., shall be made in writing and submitted to the President for review by the Discipline & Appeals Committee.
6.03 All appeals regarding suspensions shall be made in writing to the Commissioner within forty-eight (48) hours of the incident under consideration.

6.04 Under exceptional circumstances a verbal appeal may be allowed by the Commissioner.
6.05 All expenditures relating to an appeal will become the sole responsibility of the appealing party.
6.06 All appeals are assessed a thirty-five ($35) fee payable to the League. The League will refund the fee if the appeal is successful.
6.07 Appeals can only be submitted by coaching/management staff and must be endorsed by the Member Schools Administration.
6.08 Teams in violation of the League Constitution are subject to discipline by the Discipline & Appeals committee.
6.09 The Executive reserves the right to discipline member teams for actions or comments that may be deemed as damaging to the league. Said discipline may include, but is not limited to suspension from the league.
6.10  Code of Conduct

Any team raising concerns about the conduct of other teams with regard to games, fans, players, coaches, etc…, parents and/or coaches should copy any communication with the league executive to the team involved.
Article 7 Voting
7.01 Each Member School shall have one vote. In case of a tie, the President casts the deciding vote.
7.02 The voting majority shall be a simple majority of the votes cast at the meeting. Exception: new League membership requires a 2/3 majority vote.
7.03 A quorum constitutes 50% plus one of all voting members.
Article 8 Eligibility
The Zone 1V High School Hockey league being compatible with the aims of MHSAA will follow the eligibility rules of the Association.
8.01 Any school in Zone IV is eligible to compete. All Co-op School applications must be approved by the League and forwarded to MHSAA for ratification as per MHSAA regulations (three (3) year co-op).
8.02 Schools in surrounding area may apply to join the Zone IV High School Hockey League, subject to Article 2, the payment of Zone fees, the payment of League fees and their willingness to honour this Constitution. All new teams will be placed on a one-year probationary status, to be reviewed at the Spring Annual Meeting. The League may grant Membership, extend the probationary period, or remove the team from the League
8.03 Any high school student as defined eligible according to MHSAA is eligible for high school hockey, provided he is not on the main roster of an “AAA” Midget, Junior, Intermediate or Senior team. “AAA” Midget, Junior, Intermediate or Senior teams may call up high school players for a maximum of five games after the Zone IV High School Hockey League begins.
8.04 Any student who becomes eligible for graduation at the end of a semester is no longer eligible to compete in the League if he does not continue as a bona fide student during the next semester.
8.05 Rosters must be submitted to the League prior to the commencement of the regular season. Additions and deletions may be made up until the MHSAA deadline date (generally the last Friday in November). All teams will submit an official team roster of not more than 23 players (including AP’s) to the League and MHSAA. Additions, deletions or any other changes will be allowed as per MHSAA guidelines. Maximum number of players to be dressed for a game is 19.
8.06 Team rosters should include name, age as of August 31st, date of birth, current grade level and hockey sweater number as per MHSAA Athletic Eligibility form.
8.07 All coaches, managers and trainers must be registered and certified as per MHSAA regulations.
8.08 All teams must register with Hockey Manitoba.
Article 9 Scheduling
9.01 Teams shall declare the ice times they have available at or preferably before the September meeting.
9.02 A schedule shall be made available to each school at the September meeting or shortly thereafter.
9.03 Any rescheduling must be made by the Commissioner, or designate, in co-operation with the teams concerned.
Article 10 League Games
10.01 Length of Games
i) The latest start times the League will allow is 7:30 p.m on school nights. League games not on school nights must start no later than 8:00 p.m.
ii) All games are three 20 minute stop time periods.
iii) There will be a five minute overtime period during regular season play.
iv) When one team is ahead by seven goals at the beginning or at any time during the third period the balance of the game shall be straight running time.
10.02 Number of Games
i) The school hockey team will play no more than a total of forty two (42) games excluding playoffs.
ii) Each tournament that a school hockey team enters shall count as a maximum of three (3) games.
iii) Teams must submit their intent to play a tournament in writing, be it pre-season or otherwise, to the league Statistician and Commissioner at least 48 hours before the commencement of said tournament.
10.03 Time-Out
i) A team may be granted one thirty (30) second time out at any time during the game or any subsequent overtime.
ii) A spare goalie may have one 30-second warm-up prior to the face-off. One warm-up per game. Warm-up time begins when 1st puck is shot.
10.04 Red Line
i) The red line will be removed to allow passing from your own goal line to the opposition’s blue line. The red line is only used for icings.
10.05 Postponement
The Zone 4 Hockey League will make every reasonable effort to avoid cancellations or game date changes for any reason other than inclement weather. However, unforeseen circumstances do arise and the opportunity to reschedule games will be afforded if both teams and the league Commissioner are in agreement. Any team requesting a game change, (for a reason other than inclement weather) will incur all costs associated with the proposed change to the opposing team. The League Commissioner must be notified of the rescheduled game. In case of inclement weather, the visiting team will contact the Commissioner and home team and the two teams involved will agree on a rescheduled date with the home team notifying the Commissioner of the rescheduled date. The home team will contact the referees and media.

10.06 Team Withdrawal
i) Teams will be fined their performance bond for each offense as well as referral to the Discipline & Appeals Committee for possible further disciplinary action.
10.07 Warm-up
i) The home team will supply sufficient pucks for warm-up.
10.08 Supervision of Games
i) The home team is responsible for the conduct of its fans. It is a League policy that the visiting team’s fans occupy the seats on the visitor’s side (end) and the home team fans occupy the seats on the home team’s side (end) of the ice.
ii) Any team which does not have an on-staff teacher-coach must have a supervising teacher present in the immediate proximity of the player’s bench.
iii) All host teams must provide adequate, identifiable staff supervision.
iv) Post-Game Off-Ice Conduct
Any team member involved in a pre-game or post-game off-ice altercation, including damage to arena property or incidents involving opposing team members, team supporters, or officials shall be suspended indefinitely until Zone IV discipline committee renders a decision. League officials and school staff/supervisors shall be considered as off-ice officials for the purpose of reporting infractions.
Article 11 Playoff Format
11.01 The play-off structure shall be decided at the Fall League meeting.
11.02 In the event of a tie in the final League standings, placement of the teams involved will be determined by using the following steps until a standing is established.
i) The number of wins
ii) The most points accumulated in the games between the teams involved will be the next deciding factor.
iii) If teams are still tied, the team with the fewest number of losses including overtime losses will be placed higher.
iv) Goal differential between tied teams in games involving tied teams will be used to place the teams.
v) Coin-toss. The coin toss will be held in the league office. The president and commissioner will be present and the president will toss the coin. The two teams directly affected by the coin toss will have the right to have a team official present to witness the coin toss. Heads or tails will be determined using the teams’ nicknames. The nickname first in an ascending alphabetic listing will be given the heads designation and the other will be give the tails designation. For example if the Aces and the Cougars were involved the Aces would be heads and the Cougars would be tails for the purposes of the coin toss.
11.03 If overtime occurs in a playoff game, one ten (10) minute stop time sudden victory period shall prevail. If still tied, teams change ends and play a twenty (20) minute sudden death period with twenty (20) minute periods following until a winner is declared. Ice cleaning shall be at discretion of referee.
11.04 The Zone IV High School Hockey League final will be scheduled to permit the League representatives to proceed to the Provincial Championships.
11.05 Each play-off series shall be a best-of-three and will be scheduled in one (1) week period Monday-Sunday by backing up from the MHSAA Provincial Championship date.
Article 12 Officials
12.01 The Referee-in-Chief shall be invited to the annual Zone IV hockey meeting.
12.02 The Referee-in-Chief, coaches, and/or Commissioner will meet with the Zone IV officials for annual discussion, revision, and update of Zone IV hockey rules.
12.03 The Zone IV High School Hockey League will use a three-man system and these referees shall be appointed by the Referee-in-Chief. Referees are responsible for completing the score sheets properly. The Referee shall report all incidents resulting in a major/match/gross misconduct penalty directly to Commissioner.
12.04 The Referee shall meet with the coaches of respective teams prior to the start of the game to go over preliminaries.
12.05 The Referee-in-Chief shall make every reasonable effort to ensure out-of-town officials are appointed for all playoff games, with notification given to teams of any appointment changes before the start of the game.  Wherever reasonable, this notification will be provided by the Referee- in-Chief or the assigner.
12.06 Referees shall be present to watch warm-ups for all games.
Article 13 Game Sheets
13.01 All game sheets of all games, be they League, playoff, tournament or exhibition, are to be faxed into the league statistician and league commissioner at the conclusion of any game played by member teams of the Zone IV High School Hockey League.
13.02 For League games (regular season and playoffs), the home team is responsible for sending in the completed game sheet and contacting press and radio after each game. The home team is also responsible for ensuring that accurate goaltender stats, including minutes played, and shots against, are recorded on the game sheet.
13.03 Game sheets of all games – League, playoff, tournament or exhibition - must be faxed into the League Statistician and League Commissioner no later than 12:00 p.m. of the following school day. The original (white) copy must be mailed to the league statistician within one week of the game’s completion. Failure to do so will result in a fine of $50 to be paid before the offending team’s next League game.
13.04 Players starting the game must be circled on the game sheet.

Article 14 Awards


14.01 The Zone Championship team shall receive a traveling trophy and a permanent pennant. Plaques are to be purchased and awarded for individual player awards. (Most Sportsmanlike, Leading Scorer, Top Goaltender, Play-off MVP). Existing individual awards will be presented annually.

i) All-Star Game MVP

The selection and presentation of the All-Star Game MVP award will be left up to the host committee. The league president and commissioner will be attendance and if the host committee desires they may present the award for the game MVP.

ii) Jostens MVP Award - by ballot

Process:

Each Zone IV team will be required to submit the name of their team MVP with a brief bio on the attributes of the player they have nominated as their MVP.  This is to be submitted to the league one full week before the regular season ends.  The list of nominees and bios will be compiled by the president and emailed out on the evening of the last game of the regular season. The list of nominees will also be posted on the league website at this time. A vote will be conducted based on this list.  Each team will be required to vote. Each team will submit a ranked list of 3 players from the list provided by the league. The player ranked 1st will receive 3 points, the player ranked 2nd will receive 2 points, and the player ranked 3rd will receive 1 point. Votes will be tabulated by the president and the results will be released one week after the regular season ends.  In the case of a tie, the award will be shared.

Award:  Jostens ring for player; League trophy for one year

The league president will contact Jostens with the name of the Zone IV MVP and make arrangements for getting the player the ring.

iii) Top Scorer Award

Is awarded to the player with the most accumulated points in the season.

Process:

League statistician will confirm the winner of this award to the president.

Award:  League Trophy for one year; Keeper plaque/trophy for player

iv) Top Goaltender Award
Process:

Each Zone IV team will be required to submit the name of their top goaltender with a brief bio on the attributes of the player they have nominated as their top goaltender.  This is to be submitted to the league one full week before the regular season ends.  The list of nominees and bios will be compiled by the president and emailed out on the on the evening of the last game of the regular season. The list of nominees will also be posted on the league website at this time. A vote will be conducted based on this list.  Each team will be required to vote. Each team will submit a ranked list of 3 players from the list provided by the league. The player ranked 1st will receive 3 points, the player ranked 2nd will receive 2 points, and the player ranked 3rd will receive 1 point. Votes will be tabulated by the president and the results will be released one week after the regular season ends.  In the case of a tie, the President of the league would cast the deciding vote.

Award:  Trophy for one year; Keeper plaque/trophy for player

v) Top Defensive Team
Process:

League statistician will confirm the winner of this award to the president.

Award:  Plaque for one year; Keeper trophy for the team

vi) Charlie Maykut Fair Play Award
This award is donated to the team with the fewest total penalty minutes in a season.
Process:
           
League statistician will confirm the winner of this award to the president.

Award:  League plaque for one year; Keeper trophy for the team

vii) Most Sportsmanlike Player Award
This award is based on a combination of both skills and sportsmanship.
Process:
Each Zone IV team will be required to submit the name of their most sportsmanlike player with a brief bio on the attributes of the player they have nominated as their most sportsmanlike player.  This is to be submitted to the league one full week before the regular season ends.  The list of nominees and bios will be compiled by the president and emailed out on the on the evening of the last game of the regular season. The list of nominees will also be posted on the league website at this time. A vote will be conducted based on this list.  Each team will be required to vote. Each team will submit a ranked list of 3 players from the list provided by the league. The player ranked 1st will receive 3 points, the player ranked 2nd will receive 2 points, and the player ranked 3rd will receive 1 point. Votes will be tabulated by the president and the results will be released one week after the regular season ends.  In the case of a tie, the President of the league would cast the deciding vote.

Award:  Trophy for one year; Keeper plaque/trophy for player

viii) Lew Mueller Defenseman of the Year Award

Process:

Each Zone IV team will be required to submit the name of their top defenseman with a brief bio on the attributes of the player they have nominated as their top defenseman.  This is to be submitted to the league one full week before the regular season ends.  The list of nominees and bios will be compiled by the president and emailed out on the on the evening of the last game of the regular season. The list of nominees will also be posted on the league website at this time. A vote will be conducted based on this list.  Each team will be required to vote. Each team will submit a ranked list of 3 players from the list provided by the league. The player ranked 1st will receive 3 points, the player ranked 2nd will receive 2 points, and the player ranked 3rd will receive 1 point. Votes will be tabulated by the president and the results will be released one week after the regular season ends.  In the case of a tie, the President of the league would cast the deciding vote.

Award:  Trophy for one year; Keeper plaque/trophy for player

ix) Play-off Most Valuable Player Award

Process:

The playoff MVP will be chosen from one of the two teams in the final series. The president and commissioner will consult with both team’s manager and or coaches sometime during game 2 of the final series. Each team will be asked to nominate their MVP. The president and commissioner in consultation will choose the playoff MVP. The president and commissioner may or may not consult with other league officials when arriving at their final decision.

x) Official of the Year Award

Process:

With one week remaining in the Zone IV season, the teams will each submit their ballot for Official of the year.
The ballot will list the top three candidates in order of selection with 1st place votes receiving 3 pts, 2nd place votes receiving 2 pts and 3rd place votes receiving 1 pt.
Highest point total is selected as Official of the Year for Zone IV Hockey.
In case of a tie, the ballot will be shortened to the tied candidates and a direct vote will take place with each team receiving one vote.
Winner's name will be publicized for the tremendous work they have done for Zone IV hockey all season long.

xi) Coach of the Year Award

Process:

Each team will submit a ballot for Coach of the Year honors at the same time as the MVP, Goaltender and Most Sportsmanlike awards are voted on.
Each ballot will list the top three candidates in order of selection with 1st place votes receiving 3 pts, 2nd place votes receiving 2 pts and 3rd place votes receiving 1 pt.
Highest point total is selected as Coach of the Year for Zone IV Hockey.
In case of a tie, the ballot will be shortened to the tied candidates and a direct vote will take place. Teams of the tied candidates will not vote in the tie-break round.

14.02  It will be the responsibility of the league president to inform the coach/manager of the players or teams winning Zone IV awards before award winners are released to the general public. At this time the president will invite the award winners to accept their awards at game 2 of the league final series.

14.03  The league president and commissioner will be in attendance for the league all-star game, game 2 of the final series to present league awards, and to present the league championship trophy and banner in either game 2 or game 3 of the final series.

Article 15 Dues
15.01 A membership fee meeting to help cover operating expenses of the League shall be set annually by the Executive. All fees must be submitted by October 1st.
Article 16 Rules
CHA regulations shall be enhanced with the following Zone IV regulations. All penalties apply to players and team officials on the players’ bench during the game.
All suspensions shall be served immediately and in consecutive games. They will also carry over from one year to the next. The onus is on the coach and manager to make sure that these suspensions are fulfilled. If in doubt, contact the Commissioner.
Exception to a suspension having to be served immediately and in consecutive games may be granted if the suspension affects participation in the all-star game. The coach and manager can request the suspension be served during a league game, therefore permitting the player to participate in the all-star game. The discipline appeal committee will consult coaches of teams involved in the suspension game before a decision is made.
16.01 Fighting
Fighting Rule: To be defined as a player(s) having thrown one punch or punches in an attempt to create a fight or means or retaliation. The referee must discriminate between a pushing incident and an actual fighting incident. If a fight does occur the referee should penalize the players in the following manner:
i) First Offense
a) Both players will receive a five (5) minute major, a game misconduct and an additional three (3) game suspension. (Four (4) game suspension if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time.)
b) A player who is identified by the referee as being the instigator of the fight shall be assessed an additional two (2) minute penalty.
ii) Second Offense
a) Any player (s) involved in a second fight will receive a five (5) minute major, a game misconduct, plus an indefinite suspension from further League and playoff games until dealt with by the League’s Discipline & Appeals Committee.
b) A player who is identified by the referee as being the instigator of the fight shall be assessed an additional two (2) minute penalty.
iii) Third Offense
a) Any player(s) involved in a third fight will receive a five (5) minute major, a game misconduct, a season suspension plus an indefinite suspension.
b) A player who is identified by the referee as being the instigator of the fight shall be assessed as additional two (2) minute penalty.
16.02 Match Penalties
A match penalty is an infraction involving kicking, deliberate attempt to injure, spearing, butt-ending, spitting, head-butting, hair-pulling, pulling/grabbing facemask. Minimum suspensions are:
i) First Offense
a) Player is assessed a five (5) minute major, a game misconduct and an automatic minimum three (3) game suspension. (Four (4) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time.)
ii) Second Offense
a) Player is assessed a five (5) minute major, a game misconduct and an indefinite suspension.
iii) Third Offense
a) Player is assessed a five (5) minute major, a game misconduct and a season suspension plus an indefinite suspension.
16.03 Major Penalties
All majors become game misconducts with the five (5) minute penalty served by any player.
i) First Offense
a) Player is assessed a five (5) minute major, a game misconduct and will
automatically be suspended for the next regularly scheduled game – original game plus one (1). (Two (2) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time.)
ii) Second Offense
a) Player is assessed a five minute major, a game misconduct and will automatically receive an additional three (3) game – original game plus three (3). (Four (4) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time.)
iii) Third Offense

a) Player is assessed a five (5) minute major, a game misconduct and receives an indefinite suspension.
16.04 Gross Misconduct
Gross Misconduct penalties shall be assessed where a player conducts himself in such a manner as to make a travesty of the game.
i) First Offense
a) Player is ejected from the game plus a three (3) game suspension. (Four ( 4) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time.)
ii) Second Offense
a) Player is ejected from the game plus an indefinite suspension.
iii) Third Offense
a) Player is ejected from the game plus a season suspension and an indefinite suspension.
16.05 Misconducts
A misconduct penalty is an infraction committed by an individual for unsportsmanlike behavior toward referee(s), fans or opposing players and team officials.
i) First Offense
a) Player serves ten (10) minutes. Players receiving a misconduct, which cannot be served in its entirety in that game, will automatically be suspended for the next regular scheduled game.
ii) Second Offense
a) Player serves ten (10) minutes. Players receiving a misconduct, which cannot be served in its entirety in that game will automatically be suspended for the next regular scheduled game.
iii) Third Offense
a) Player serves ten (10) minutes and an additional three game suspension. Players receiving a third misconduct, which cannot be served in its entirety in that game, will automatically be suspended for one (1) additional game.
iv) Fourth Misconduct
a) Player serves ten (10) minutes and an additional three game suspension. Players receiving a fourth misconduct, which cannot be served in its entirety in that game, will automatically be suspended for one (1) additional game.
v) Fifth Misconduct
a) Player serves ten ( 10) minutes and an indefinite suspension.
16.06 Hitting From Behind
For a minor penalty, the player is removed for the remainder of the game. If injury occurs, as deemed by the official, it is then treated as a major penalty and a three (3) game suspension will also be assessed.
i) First Offense
a) No suspension. If this penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time, the player is suspended for the next game as well.
ii) Second Offense
a) No suspension. If this penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time, the player is suspended for the next game as well.
iii) Third Offence
a) Player is suspended for one (1) game (two (2) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time.)
iv) Fourth Offence
a) Player is suspended for three (3) games (four (4) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time).
v) Fifth Offence
a) Player receives an indefinite suspension.
16.07 High Hit (Checking to the Head)
For a minor penalty, the player is removed for the remainder of the game. If injury occurs, as deemed by the official, it is then treated as a major penalty and a three (3) game suspension will also be assessed.
i) First Offense
a) No suspension. If this penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time, the player is suspended for the next game as well.
ii) Second Offense
a) No suspension. If this penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time, the player is suspended for the next game as well.
iii) Third Offence
a) Player is suspended for one (1) game (two (2) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time.)
iv) Fourth Offence
a) Player is suspended for three (3) games (four (4) if the penalty occurs in the last ten (10) minutes of regulation time).
v) Fifth Offence
a) Player receives an indefinite suspension.
16.08 Excessive Penalties
Four minor penalties or 3 stick penalties is not a misconduct; a game ejection only (penalty time may be served by any player).