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Rule 73 - Refusing to Start Play

73.1 Refusing to Start Play – This rule applies to teams who refuse to play while both teams are on the ice or who withdraws from the ice and refuses to play or who refuses to come onto the ice at the start of the game or at the beginning of any period of the game, when ordered to do so by the Referee.

73.2 Procedure – Team On Ice - If, when both teams are on the ice, one team for any reason shall refuse to play when ordered to do so by the Referee, he shall warn the Captain and allow the team so refusing fifteen (15) seconds within which to begin the play or resume play. If at the end of that time, the team shall still refuse to play, the Referee shall impose a bench minor penalty for delay of game on a player of the offending team to be designated by the Coach of that team through the playing Captain. Should there be a repetition of the same incident, the Referee shall notify the Coach that he has been fined the sum of two hundred dollars ($200). The offending Coach shall be removed from the players’ bench and assessed a game misconduct penalty.

Should the offending team still refuse to play, the Referee shall have no alternative but to declare that the game be forfeited to the non-offending Club and the case shall be reported to the Commissioner for further action (see Rule 66 – Forfeit of Game).

First Violation Second Violation

(i)   Warn the Captain of the offending team and allow 15 seconds within which to resume play.

(ii) If at the end of the 15 seconds the team still refuses to resume play, assess a bench minor penalty to the offending team for delay of game.

 

(i)  Warn the Captain of the offending team and allow 15 seconds within which to resume play.

(ii) If at the end of the 15 seconds the team still refuses to resume play, assess a bench minor penalty to the offending team for delay of game.

(iii)  Referee is to notify the Coach of the offending team that he has been fined the sum of two hundred dollars ($200)and the Coach is to be assessed a game misconduct p enalty.

(iv)   If the team still refuses to play, the Referee shall declare the game be forfeited to the non-offending club (see Rule 66 – Forfeit of Game).

73.3 Procedure – Team Off Ice - If a team, when ordered to do so by the Referee through its Club Executive, Manager or Coach, fails to go on the ice and start play within five (5) minutes, the Club Executive, Manager or Coach shall be fined five hundred dollars ($500), the game shall be forfeited and the case shall be reported to the Commissioner for further action (see Rule 66 – Forfeit of Game).

(i)  Once it is apparent to the Referee that the team is refusing to come onto the ice and begin play, a bench minor penalty is to be assessed to the offending team for delay of game.

(ii)  Five (5) minutes will be provided for the offending team to return to the ice and begin play.

(iii)  After the five (5) minutes has elapsed and the offending team still has not returned to the ice to resume play, the game shall be forfeited. The Commissioner of the League shall issue instructions pertaining to records, etc., of a forfeited game (see Rule 66 – Forfeit of Game).

(iv)  Once the Club Executive, Manager or Coach has been notified of the five (5) minute warning, and the team returns to the ice to resume play within that time frame, a bench minor penalty for delay of game must be assessed to the offending team.

(v)  A fine of five hundred dollars ($500) shall be applied to the Coach, Manager, or Club Executive responsible for the delay.

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