They both go to the penalty box, and each team has four skaters. In this case, goals scored during four-on-four play do not conclude the penalties. Major punishments, as well as fines and suspensions, are imposed for the most egregious rule infractions.
In addition to the number of players on the ice, the severity of the punishment depends on how the violation occurred. For example, if a player is struck with the puck, it is a goal. If a player is hit with an elbow, it is a minor penalty. A major penalty involves any form of contact with the body; hitting a player with an open hand or arm is sufficient to draw a major.
There are two ways to score during a four-on-four session: by shooting the puck into the net from outside the blue line or by dumping it in from inside the blue line. The last person with the puck at the end of the period gets a point. If there is a tie at the end of the period, another four-on-four session will begin with a faceoff in the center circle. This process continues until one team wins enough games to determine a winner.
In short, a four-on-four hockey game is like a regular season game except that no matter who scores, everyone loses. There are no winners or losers - only teams who are winning or losing.
A double-minor penalty entails the offender serving four minutes in the penalty box. The side that committed the penalty will be short-handed for four minutes, which means they will be playing 5-on-4. The opposing team will be on the power play.
There is no time limit on minor penalties other than the standard 10-minute limit. However, if the referee feels it could potentially lead to injury, he can extend the penalty by signaling for the offside trap. When this happens, the clock will be extended to 15 minutes, and a replacement player will come out to take the penalty instead of sending the original player down the ice. This extension can be repeated as many times as necessary until either the player being penalized returns to the play or the penalty expires without action by either team. At this point, the player would then be able to return to the game.
If a major penalty has been imposed, the referee will signal "major" and the clock will be stopped. If a misconduct penalty has been imposed, the referee will signal "misconduct" and two linesmen will enter the penalty box to watch the play. They will make sure that the players do not fight while the penalty is being served and that they do not use any weapons in the game. Once satisfied that everything is ok, they will signal for the offside trap to be activated.
Minor penalties include slicing, tripping, holding, roughing, interfering, and cross-checking. When a player, excluding the goalie, earns a minor penalty, they must go to the penalty box for 2 minutes and the team is not permitted to replace them. A minor penalty can be further subdivided by the referee on the ice.
Major penalties include fighting, checking from behind, kicking, boarding, hooking, elbowing, and shooting. When a player receives a major penalty, they must leave the ice for 10 minutes and cannot return until the penalty expires. During this time, the opposing team is given free shots at the net while the original offender waits in the penalty box. If an injury occurs during a major penalty, play continues without the penalized player.
Game penalties include misconduct, delay of game, and forfeiture. A player who commits three major penalties in one season will be suspended for five games. The same suspension applies if the player commits two major penalties and one game penalty.
Penalty shots are taken by the captain of the offending team with the goalies protecting the net from opposing players. The coach of the team taking the shot can challenge any call by signaling for a review of the play by waving his arms in the air or throwing a ball onto the ice.
A player who takes a major penalty must leave the ice for five minutes, causing his team to be short-handed. Even if a goal is scored against the short-handed side, a major penalty cannot terminate the game early, unless the goal is scored during an extra session (which ends the game). A major can also be called for fighting; the offender will then be ejected from the game. In case of injury to a major penalty player, an emergency replacement may come from outside the team.
The term "major" was originally used to describe a foul that automatically awards a goal because the ball is dead. The first use of this term in an official hockey rule book was by the NHL itself in its publication The Official Hockey Rules published in January of 1958. These rules were adopted by the league after a series of meetings between club officials and government lawyers to create an agreement on how goals should be awarded.
In those days, there were no linesmen at hockey games. Instead, each team had three men in uniform: a goalie, a defenseman, and an forward. If one of these players fell down while defending their own net, it was not illegal because there was no such thing as a loose puck in those days. However, if any other player touched the puck when he did not have possession of it, this was considered a foul and a goal would be awarded.
Floor Hockey Regulations
Six participants Ice hockey is a sport played by two teams of six players each, who participate on an ice rink while wearing skates. The aim is to send a vulcanized rubber disk, known as a puck, beyond a goal line and into a net guarded by a goaltender, also known as a goalie. Teams alternate between offensive and defensive play.
The number of players on a team is called its roster size. In the National Hockey League (NHL), which has several hundred games played each season, this number can range from 14 to 23 players depending on the league phase being played. In the American Hockey League (AHL), which has several hundred fewer games played each year, the maximum roster size is 21 players.
In international competition, the number of players on a team is defined by the rules of that particular event. For example, in women's ice hockey the maximum roster size is eight players, but for youth events the limit is usually four players. Men's ice hockey teams typically have nine players on the roster at any one time.
In junior ice hockey, the minimum roster size is generally 20 players. However, some leagues allow 24 players while others have as few as 18 players. A player who does not dress for a game is said to have sat out that game.
In the NHL, only five players can be chosen at once from outside the organization who then fill out the rest of the team.