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Suspensions

The Hockey Saskatchewan Officer in Charge of Discipline has the ability to issue discipline for any action on and off the ice by any Hockey Saskatchewan registered participant that is not covered by Hockey Canada/Hockey Saskatchewan playing rules. Game sheets may only be altered with the approval of the Officer in Charge of Discipline.

4.09.01
The following is a guideline for the suspension of team members.  Leagues may extend the basic suspension(s), however they shall not reduce the Hockey Saskatchewan minimum guideline.

Examples:
i)  The suspension for a Match Penalty for kicking (Regulation 4.09.02 e)) is a minimum of three (3) games.  A League may choose to make the suspension more severe by choosing any number of games over three (3), however, they cannot reduce the suspension to less than three (3) games.

ii)  The minimum suspension for a fight and a game misconduct in the last ten (10) minutes of a game is the next scheduled League, Tournament or Provincial Playoff game.  A League may impose additional games for the actual fight or accumulation of fighting majors.

These guidelines are to be applied to all hockey played in the Senior Division of Hockey Saskatchewan.  The game, in which any of the penalties assessed fall under Hockey Saskatchewan minimum suspension guidelines, shall not be counted in the length of the suspension.  

Example:
A player receives a two (2) game suspension for a Gross Misconduct (Regulation 4.09.02 d)) they received in the first period of a game.  The game he received the Gross Misconduct in does not count in the length of the suspension; they must sit their next two (2) scheduled League, Tournament or Provincial Playoff games.

It is the responsibility of each team manager and/or coach to ensure the team member(s) sit out their appropriate suspensions.  When in doubt as to the relevant suspension, contact the Officer in Charge of Discipline.  The Officer in Charge of Discipline may impose a time limit on a suspension under special circumstances.

Examples:
i)  If a player is removed from a game but the offence is not written down on the game sheet, it is the responsibility of the team manager and/or the coach to discover what the offence was that removed the player from the game.  If it was for an offence that calls for a suspension, ensure the player sits out the minimum guideline outlined in this handbook and make every effort possible to contact the League or Hockey Saskatchewan Officer in Charge of Discipline to find out the exact length of the suspension.

ii)  Each team manager and/or coach cannot assume that if they do not hear from their League or Hockey Saskatchewan regarding a suspension that the suspension of a player was not warranted.  Again, it is the team manager and/or coach’s responsibility to discover the suspension and ensure the player sits out the appropriate length of games.

iii)  The Hockey Saskatchewan Officer in Charge of Discipline has the option to impose a time limit on a suspension in special circumstances.  For example; a player receives a Match Penalty for Checking From Behind and the player who was hit sustains an injury that prohibits him from playing the game for two (2) months.  The Officer in Charge of Discipline has the option of simply applying a specific number of games suspension or a time suspension (ie. two (2) months).

The following suspension guidelines will be applied to all suspensions that involve a length of “time”;  The Actual Playing Season is October 1st to March 31st.

Example:
A team official receives a six (6) month suspension for a 11.5 d) Match Penalty for Abuse of an Official on February 1st, 2009.  They will be suspended until January 31st, 2010 of the following season (February, March, October, November and December of 2009 along with January of 2010).  The suspension is applied to months where actual hockey is being played.

4.09.02

a)    Abuse of Officials

Any player, coach, manager, trainer or stick person assessed a penalty under Rule 11.5 of the Hockey Canada Rule Book is to be indefinitely suspended until the matter is dealt with by the Hockey Saskatchewan Officer in Charge of Disicipline.

Rule #    
11.5 a) / b) Match Threaten or Attempt to strike Thirty (30) days
11.5 c) Match Intentionally touches, holds or pushes Three (3) months
11.5 d) Match Deliberately strikes, trips or body checks Six (6) months

b)    Abuse of Officials, Unsportsmanlike Conduct/Misconduct

Rule #    
11.1/11.2 Game Misconduct is assessed One (1) game in Senior Hockey during Hockey Saskatchewan Sanctioned Exhibition, League, Tournament and Provincial Playoff Games.
11.4   Five (5) Games

Example:

A player receives an 11.1 or 11.2 Game Misconduct in the first five (5) minutes of a Hockey Saskatchewan Sanctioned game.  They must sit out the team’s next game.

c)    Checking From Behind/Head Contact

Rule #    
6.4 a) and 6.5 d), e) and f) Checking from Behind/Head Contact where a five (5) minute major penalty plus a game misconduct is assessed. One (1) game
6.4 b) and 6.5 g) Checking from Behind/Head Contact where a Match penalty is assessed.

First Offense

Four (4) Games

Second Offense

- Indefinite Suspension

d)    Gross Misconducts

Rule #    
11.2 Gross Misconduct Two (2) games

e)    Match Penalties

Rule #    
6.1 a) Deliberate attempt to injure Three (3) games
6.1 b) Headbutting Three (3) games
6.1 c) Kicking Three (3) games
6.1 d) Hairpulling/Grabbing the facemask Three (3) games
6.1 e) Uses facial protection as weapon Three (3) games
8.1 Butt-Ending Three (3) games
8.4 d) Spearing Three (3) games
8.2 d) Cross-Checking Three (3) games
11.3 Spitting Thirty (30) days

f)    Fighting

Rule #    
6.7 e) Match – Any player wearing a ring or rings, tape or any other material on his/her hands who becomes involved in a fight and who uses such to gain an advantage or to inflict punishment and/or injury, shall be assessed a match penalty in addition to any other penalties he/she may incur. Three (3) games
6.7 h) & 4.11 d) Any player joining in a fight, acting as a peacemaker or taking part in another fight during the same stoppage of play. When a goaltender leaves the goal crease to join a fight, act as a peacemaker, or take part in another fight, during the same stoppage of play. Two (2) games
6.7 h) Any person receiving his/her second fighting major penalty during the same stoppage of play. Two (2) games

g)    Multiple Fights in a Season

Accumulation Sanctions:  (In addition to the assessed penalties)

Rule #    
6.7 a) Any Player who engages in multiple fights in a season shall be suspended as follows;  
  – Engages in their 3rd fight One (1) Game
  – Engages in their 4th fight Two (2) Games
  – Engages in their 5th fight Three (3) Games
  – Engages in their 6th fight Indefinite

 

h)    Instigator/Aggressor Penalties

Accumulation Sanctions:  (In addition to the assessed penalties)

Rule #    
6.7 b) – 1st Offense One (1) Game
  – 2nd Offense Two (2) Games
  – 3rd Offense Three (3) Games
  – Head Coach of a team whose player in penalized for a 3rd offense of Instigator or Aggressor Three (3) Games

i)    Leaving a Bench for the Purpose of Fighting

Rule #    
9.5 Coach of a team whose player is under the rule. Three (3) Games
9.5 b) Player identified as first to leave the players bench during a fight or for the purpose of fighting. Double Minor plus Game Misconduct. Three (3) Games
9.5 b) Leaving the penalty box as above. Four (4) Games
9.5 c) Coach whose player leaves but is not identified as the first to leave the players or penalty bench during an on-ice altercation. One (1) Game

j)    Ineligible Players

Rule #    
2.2 c) Team official who is party to or had knowledge of playing a player not properly registered with that team, properly affiliated to that team or under suspension. Indefinite until dealt with by the Officer in charge of Discipline
2.2 h) Player who participates in a game as an Improperly Registered or Suspended Player or Team Official. Indefinite until dealt with by the Officer in charge of Discipline

k)    Removing Team From Game

Rule #    
10.14 Coach whose team is removed from the game prior to the game conclusion. Indefinite until dealt with by the Officer in charge of Discipline

l)    Game Misconduct

i)  In all hockey (with the exception of Junior A),any player or team official who is assessed a Game Misconduct penalty in the last ten (10) minutes of regular time, at any time in overtime, or after the conclusion of the game and prior to the player or team official entering the dressing room, shall automatically be suspended for the next regular scheduled league, playoff, Hockey Saskatchewan Provincial Playoff or sanctioned tournament game.  Players receiving a game misconduct under this rule during their last game of the season must serve the suspension in their first league or sanctioned tournament game in the next season.

ii)  Any Gross Misconduct in the last ten (10) minutes of a game receives an extra Game Suspension in addition to the suspension for the Gross Misconduct.

iii)  Any Match Penalty in the last ten (10) minutes of a game receives an extra Game Suspension in addition to the suspension for the Match Penalty.

Examples:
i)  A Senior player receives a Game Misconduct for a two (2) minute Checking From Behind with eight (8) minutes remaining in the game.  The player must sit out their next regular scheduled League, Tournament of Provincial Playoff game.

ii)  A Senior player receives a five (5) minute major for Checking to the Head with six (6) minutes remaining in the game.  They receive the following:
    – Minimum of one (1) game for the CTH (Regulation 4.09.02 c)).
    – One (1) game for receiving the GM in the last ten (10) minutes.
    – Total suspension is a minimum of two (2) games.

iii)  A player receives a 11.1 Game Misconduct with four (4) minutes remaining in a game which was tied at the end of regulation time and was decided thirteen (13) minutes into the second overtime period.  They receive the following:
    – One (1) game for a GM in the last ten (10) minutes (overtime         does not eliminate this!).
    – One (1) game for the 11.1 GM offence (regulation 4.09.02 b)).
    – Total suspension is a minimum of two (2) games.

iv)  A Senior player receives a Match Penalty for Kicking with seven (7) minutes remaining in a game.  They receive the following:
    –Three (3) games for the Match Penalty for Kicking.
    –One (1) game for the Match Penalty in the last ten (10) minutes
    –Total Suspension is a minimum of four (4) games.

m)    Multiple Game Misconducts

    Player or Team Official who receives        One (1) game
    multiple game misconducts at any time        for each Game
    during a game.                Misconduct                             over one (1)

Examples:
i)  A Senior player receives the following penalties with six (6) minutes remaining in the game:
    Two (2) minutes for CFB and Game Misconduct
    Five (5) minutes for Fighting and Game Misconduct
The player receives the following suspension:
    – One (1) game for CFB GM in the last ten (10) minutes
    – One (1) game for Fight GM in the last ten (10) minutes
    – One (1) game for receiving two (2) GM’s
    – Total Suspension is a minimum of three (3) games.

ii)  A Senior player receives the following penalties with eighteen (18) minutes remaining in a game:
    Five (5) minute major for CTH and Game Misconduct
    Five (5) minutes for Fighting and Game Misconduct
    Five (5) minutes for Fighting and Game Misconduct
    Game Misconduct for a second fight at the same stoppage
The player receives the following suspension:
    – One (1) game for a Major for CTH
    – Two (2) games for second fight in the same stoppage (regulation  4.09.02 f)
    – Three (3) games for receiving four (4) Game Misconducts
    – Total suspension is a minimum of six (6) games.

4.09.03    Application Guidelines of Suspensions

a)    Suspensions by Hockey Saskatchewan of any registered referee, player, coach or team official may include a suspension that will not allow such suspended person to participate in the game of hockey in any capacity.  The following guidelines apply;

i)  the suspension from all aspects of hockey would apply to all suspensions issued for breach of the Hockey Saskatchewan Bylaws or Regulations, as well as all suspensions issued under Hockey Canada/Hockey Saskatchewan Playing Rule 2.2; 2.2 c); 11.5 a), b), c), d); and 11.3.

Example:  
If a player has received a six (6) month suspension for a Rule 11.5 d) infraction on December 15, 2008, he would be suspended until December 15, 2009.  He would be eligible to practice with his team for the remainder of the 2008/09 season and try out for a team in the fall of 2009, however, he would not be able to play in any type of game or be on the player’s bench in any capacity until his suspension is served.

ii)  unless specified otherwise, suspensions resulting from violation of Hockey Canada/Hockey Saskatchewan playing rules, would only suspend the referee, player, or team official from participating in the game of hockey in the capacity at which he/she received their suspension.

iii)  unless specified otherwise, suspensions issued by the Officiating Discipline Committee would only suspend the official from participating in the game of hockey in the capacity of an on–ice or off–ice official.

Examples:
i)  A Senior player receives a two (2) game suspension from an infraction he received playing Senior Hockey.  He also coaches his son’s U11 team.  He can participate as a registered team official coaching his son’s U11 team while he is serving his Senior Hockey player suspension.

ii)  A Senior player receives a Game Misconduct in the last ten (10) minutes of his game.  He is suspended for his next game which happens to be a league game six (6) days away.  In the meantime, as a registered referee with Hockey Saskatchewan, he is scheduled to referee one (1) game and serve as a linesman in two (2) games prior to his team’s next game.  He was suspended as a player and therefore can be an official.

b)    While a player or team official is serving their suspension, they may not participate with that team in any other aspect.

c)    A suspended player cannot be present on the players bench.

d)    A suspended team official cannot be present in his/her teams dressing room prior to, during, or following the game(s) they are suspended from or be on the players bench.  Team officials who violate this will be dealt with by the Officer in Charge of Discipline.

Example:
A Senior hockey coach receives a one (1) game suspension.  While serving that suspension the coach cannot enter his team’s dressing room prior, during or following the game he is suspended from.  If he does, he can be reported to the Hockey Saskatchewan Officer in Charge of Discipline for further disciplinary action.  The coach also cannot have any contact with the team’s bench or team officials on the bench while serving the suspension.  If they are using hand signals, verbal signs, walkie–talkies, cell phones or any communicative device or action in any fashion with the bench or dressing room, they can be reported to the Hockey Saskatchewan Officer in Charge of Discipline for further disciplinary action.
     
e)    A player/team official is suspended until the suspension is served with the team where the infraction occurred (certified, carded or affiliate team).  If the team where the infraction occurred has played its last game, then the suspension may be completed with the other team.  The player suspension must be listed on game sheets. The player/team official shall not be included as one of the maximum number of players.

Examples:
i)  A Senior player receives a match penalty and a three (3) game suspension while playing with his Senior team.  He cannot play with the Senior AAA team he is affiliated with until he has served the three (3) game suspension.

ii)  A Senior player receives a match penalty and a three (3) game suspension while playing with the Senior AAA team he is affiliated with.  He cannot play any games with either his Senior team or the Senior AAA team until he serves the three (3) games suspension with the Senior AAA.  It is the Senior AAA team’s games that count against the suspension, not the Senior team’s games as he was playing with the Senior AAA team at the time of the infraction.

iii)  A Senior player receives a one (1) game suspension from an infraction during the last game of the season.  The Senior AAA team he is affiliated with has a season ending tournament that he intended on playing in.  He must serve the suspension during the Senior AAA team’s first game of the tournament.

iv)  A Senior player is registered on his home town team for League play and a neighbouring town for Provincial Playoffs as his home town team did not enter Provincials.  During his League team’s last League playoff game he receives a five (5) minute major and a game misconduct for CFB.  If the Provincial team he is registered on is still in Provincial play, the one (1) game suspension can be served with the Provincial team since his League team has completed its season.  If the five (5) minute major and game misconduct for CFB had occurred in his League team’s first playoff game and his next game was with the Provincial team, he could not play with the Provincial team until the suspension is served with the League team.
    
f)    Suspensions may only be served in regular scheduled league games, Hockey Saskatchewan playoff games or league playoff games and sanctioned tournaments where entry or scheduling is made prior to suspension.

Example:
A Senior player receives a three (3) game suspension from an infraction in a game held on a Sunday afternoon.  The team does not have any scheduled games for ten (10) days and therefore the Manager enters the team in a tournament the following weekend.  The suspended player cannot participate in the tournament and the games will not count against the suspension as the booking of the tournament was made after the game in which the suspendible infraction took place was held.
    
g)    Suspensions cannot be served in Exhibition, Cancelled or Forfeited Games and suspended players cannot play in exhibition games.

Example:
A Senior player receives a one (1) game suspension from an infraction in an exhibition game on a Monday evening.  The team has an exhibition game Wednesday evening and a League game Friday evening.  He cannot play in the Wednesday exhibition game and that game does not count against the suspension.  He must also sit out the Friday League game which will count against his suspension.
    
h)    Suspensions for violations of the Hockey Canada/Hockey Saskatchewan rules and regulations must be served in the next game or games the player/team official participates in.

i)    Suspension for violation of league rules (ie:  accumulation of penalty minutes; misconducts; game misconducts; fighting majors; CFB’s; HC’s; etc) may be implemented at the League’s discretion.

Example:
A Senior Hockey League has a League Regulation which states that if a player receives a second fighting major during League play, they would receive a two (2) game suspension from League play.  As this is a League Regulation and not a Hockey Saskatchewan Regulation, it is applied to League play only.  Therefore, this player sits out two (2) League games and can participate in Hockey Saskatchewan sanctioned Tournaments, Exhibition games or Provincial Playoff games.  In the event it is the last League game of the year, the League has the discretion to apply the two (2) game suspension during the following year or stipulate it is to be served during the team’s next two (2) Hockey Saskatchewan sanctioned games during the season.

j)    Any suspension imposed upon any player, coach or team official by the officials of any League or Association registered with Hockey Saskatchewan shall be given full recognition by Hockey Saskatchewan.

4.09.04    All registered leagues under Hockey Saskatchewan must submit to the General Manager a copy of all correspondence involving suspensions by that league.  All leagues must abide by the minimum suspensions as set out in 4.09.02.

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