What happens if two teammates drop the gloves?
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07-10-2013, 08:20 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: The Triangle
Here is the fighting rule, with key portions highlighted:
46.1 Fighting – A fight shall be deemed to have occurred when at least one player (or goalkeeper) punches or attempts to punch
repeatedly or when
wrestle in such a manner as to make it difficult for the Linesmen to intervene and separate the combatants.
The Referees are provided very wide latitude in the penalties with which they may impose under this rule.
This is done intentionally to enable them to differentiate between the obvious degrees of responsibility of the participants either for starting the fighting or persisting in continuing the fighting. The discretion provided should be exercised realistically.
First bolded -- clearly indicates that a fight (for the purpose of giving penalties) is something that occurs between two opponents, not two teammates.
Second bolded -- less specific about whether it could occur between teammates, but it's still part of the same sentence so we can presume that by "players" it means "opponents", following on the previous thought.
So, it's a fair guess that the rulebook does not consider an altercation between teammates to be "fighting" in the official sense.
Third bolded -- The referee can basically give them whatever penalty he wants. In this case it would probably be Delay of Game penalties since, at some level, you're not allowed to just stop the game in order to hash out your personal issues on the ice. Also, Delay penalties seem to have a mild shaming effect that says "WTF are you doing?".
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