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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.

6.09.01

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 6.09.02 c)) 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 2 scheduled League, Tournament or Provincial Playoff games.  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 Minor and Female Divisions 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 6.09.02 b)) 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)  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 (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.

6.09.02

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 Discipline.

Rule #    
11.5 a) Match & b) Threaten or Attempt to strike Thirty (30) days
11.5 c) Match Inentionally 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 or Gross Misconduct is assessed Two (2) games in Minor or Female Hockey during Hockey Saskatchewan Sanctioned Exhibition, League, Tournament and Provincial Playoff Games
11.4    Five (5) games
Accumulation Sanctions: (in addition to the above)
Any player who receives 2 Game and/or Gross Misconducts under rule 11.1/11.2 in a season. Four (4) games
Any player who receives 3 Game and/or Gross Misconducts under rule 11.1/11.2 in a season. Indefinite Suspension
Any coach who receives 2 Game and/or Gross Misconducts under rule 11.1/11.2 in a season. Four (4) games
Any coach who receives 3 Game and/or Gross Misconducts under rule 11.1/11.2 in a season. Indefinite Suspension
Any head coach whose team receives 2 Game and/or Gross Misconducts under rule 11.1/11.2 in a season. One (1) game
For a 2nd violation of a head coach whose team receives 2 Game and/or Gross Misconducts under rule 11.1/11.2 in a season. Two (2) games
For subsequent violations of a head coach whose team receives 2 Game and/or Gross Misconducts nder rule 11.1/11.2 in a season. Indefinite Suspension
Any player who receives 2 - 10 miunute Misconducts in the same game. Two (2) games

 

c)    Major/Match Penalties

Rule #  
Any Major Penalty  One (1) Game
6.4 b)  Match – Checking from Behind Four (4) Games
11.3 Match - Spitting Indefinite
All other Match Penalties Three (3) Games

Accumulation Sanctions: (In addition to the above)
    
Players:

Any player receiving 2 majors in the same season. Two (2) games
Any player receiving 1 major and 1 match penalty in the same season. Three (3) games
Any player receiving 2 match penalties in the same season. Four (4) games
Any player receiving 2 majors and 1 match penalty in the same season. Four (4) games
Any player receiving 3 majors in the same season. Four (4) games
Any player receiving 3 majors and 1 match penalty in the same season. Five (5) games
Any player receiving 4 majors in the same season. Indefinite
Any player receiving 3 match penalties in the same season. Indefinite

Examples:
i)  Player receives a 5 minute major for Checking from Behind.  He has already received 1 match and 1 major previously in the season. Player receives:

5 minute major – One (1) game
2 majors and 1 match – Four (4) games
Total suspension – Five (5) games

ii)  Player receives a 5 minute major for Head Contact with 6:35 remaining in the 3rd period.  She has already received 2 majors previously in the season. Player receives:

5 minute major – One (1) game
GM in the last 10 minutes – One (1) game
3 majors – Four (4) games
Total suspension – Six (6) games

Coaches:

Any head coach whose team receives 2 or more Majors and/or Match penalties in the same game. One (1) game
Any head coach whose team receives a 2nd violation of 2 or more Majors and/or Match penalties in the same game. Three (3) games
Any head coach whose team receives subsequent violations of 2 or more Majors and/or Match penalties in the same game. Indefinite

d)    Fighting

Instigator or Aggressor of a fight:Indefinite

Rule # 6.7 Third player in a fight Two (2) games
  Any player receiving a Fighting Major penalty, which is a result of a second or subsequent fight during the same stoppage of play. Two (2) games
  Any player receiving a second fighting major penalty during the same stoppage of play. Player identified as first to leave the players’ bench during a fight or for the purpose of fighting. Two (2) games
  Leaving the penalty box as above.     Three (3) games
  Head coach of a team whose player is penalized under the above two points. Four (4) games
  Head coach whose player is not identified as the first to leave the players’ or penalty bench during an on–ice altercation. Three (3) games
  Instigator or Aggressor of a fight:
  1st Offense One (1) game
  2nd Offense Three (3) games
  3rd Offense Indefinite
  Pre/Post Game Altercations:  
  Any player involved where Majors and Game Misconducts are assessed. Two (2) games
  Head coach of team whose players are so penalized. Indefinite
  Any team involved in a pre or post game brawl. Indefinite

 

e)    Ineligible Players

Rule #    
2.2 c) Team Official who is party to or had knowledge of playing a player not until dealt properly registered with that team, with by the properly affiliated to that team or Officer in 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
  Team official(s)/player(s) who do not fulfil their commitment to the note contained within Regulation 6.04.17 c) One (1) Month

f)    Removing Team From Game

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

g)    Game Misconduct

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.

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

Examples:
i)  A minor 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 Female 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 6.09.02 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!).
    – Two (2) games for the 11.1 GM offence (regulation 6.09.02 b)).
    – Total suspension is a minimum of Three (3) games.

iv)  A Female player receives a Game Ejection with nine (9) minutes remaining in the game for a third stick infraction.  There is no automatic suspension as a Game Ejection is not equal to a Game Misconduct.

v)  A Minor player receives a Misconduct in the first period and then a Misconduct at the beginning of the third period.  As a result of receiving a second misconduct in the same game they automatically receive a Game Misconduct.  They receive the following:
    – Two (2) game suspension (regulation 6.09.02 b))

h)    Multiple Game Misconducts

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

Examples:

i)  A Minor 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
    – Gross Misconduct for taking off helmet

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 Fight Major
    – Three (3) games for the Gross Misconduct (2 + 1)
    – One (1) game for receiving two (2) GM’s
    – Total Suspension is a minimum of seven (7) games.

ii)  A minor 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:
    – Two (2) games for second fight in the same stoppage
    (regulation 6.09.02 d)
    – Three (3) games for receiving four (4) Game Misconducts
    – Four (4) games for receiving three (3) Major penalties
    (regulation 6.09.02 c))
    – Total suspension is a minimum of nine (9) games.
    – The Coach would receive one (1) game (regulation 6.09.02 c))

i)    Unsanctioned Event Participation

  Association that allows unsanctioned teams to participate in their Hockey Saskatchewan sanctioned event. Penalties to be imposed by the Officer in charge of Discipline

6.09.03    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.

Example:
A Female U18 player receives a Game Misconduct in the last ten (10) minutes of her game.  She is suspended for her next game which happens to be a tournament game six (6) days away.  In the meantime, as a registered referee with Hockey Saskatchewan, she is scheduled to referee one (1) game and serve as a linesman in two (2) games prior to her team’s next game.  She 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 player’s 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 Hockey Saskatchewan Officer in Charge of Discipline.

Example:
A Minor 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 U15 player receives a match penalty and a three (3) game suspension while playing with his U15 team.  He cannot play with the U18 team he is affiliated with until he has served the three (3) game suspension.
ii)  A U15 player receives a match penalty and a three (3) game suspension while playing with the U18 team he is affiliated with.  He cannot play any games with either his U15 team or the U18 team until he serves the three (3) game suspension with the U18 team.  It is the U18 team’s games that count against the suspension, not the U15 team’s games as he was playing with the U18 team at the time of the infraction.

iii)  A U18 player playing as an affiliate with a Junior team receives a fighting major in the last ten minutes of the Junior game.  He is not suspended from his next game as the Game Misconduct in the last ten (10) minutes of Regulation does not apply in Junior hockey which is the division he was playing with at the time.

iv)  A U13 player receives a one (1) game suspension for an infraction during the last game of the season.  The U15 team he is affiliated with has a season ending tournament that he intended on playing in.  He must serve the suspension during the U15 team’s first game of the tournament.

v)  A U18 player is registered on his home town team for League play and a neighboring 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 two (2) minute CFB in the last ten (10) minutes of the game.  The team has entered a season ending tournament which begins in three weeks time.  In the meantime the Provincial team he is registered with has advanced to the Provincial final.  He cannot participate with the Provincial team as he has to serve the one (1) game suspension with his League team at the season ending tournament.  A player cannot play with anyone until he has served the suspension with the team he committed the infraction with.  If his League team had not entered the tournament and was finished for the season, he could have simply sat out the first game of the Provincial final to serve the suspension.

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 the suspension.

Example:
A U13 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 on the Monday following the Sunday game that will take place during the upcoming Saturday.  The team is scheduled to play three (3) games in the tournament on the Saturday.  The suspended player cannot participate in the tournament and the games will not count against the suspension as the entry into 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 U15 Female 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.  She cannot play in the Wednesday exhibition game and that game does not count against the suspension.  She must also sit out the Friday League game which will count against her 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 Leagues discretion.

Example:
A Minor 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.

6.09.04    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 6.09.02.

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