|Hockey Canada - Rule 10.1 - Delay of Game|
Rule 10.1 Delay of Game(a) A Bench Minor penalty shall be assessed a team which, in the opinion of the Referee, is deliberately delaying the game in any manner. A Minor penalty shall be assessed to any goaltender who shoots or bats the puck out of the playing surface with her stick.
Note 1: When the goaltender shoots the puck directly out of the playing surface where there is no glass, such as at the playersâ€™ bench or penalty bench, or if the puck touches the glass or delects off a player or oficial, no penalty shall be assessed.
Note 2: This penalty will also be assessed to any player or goaltender who shoots the puck out of the playing surface with her stick during a stoppage of play.
Note 3: Referees must be strict in enforcing the rules where a team is deliberately stalling, freezing the puck, shooting the puck out of the playing surface, the goaltender holding the puck or throwing it out of the playing surface, or the team committing a â€œSERIES of ICINGâ€, thereby forcing a face-off.
(b) Any player who leaves her playersâ€™ bench to deliver instructions to her teammates and does not remain on the ice as a substitute, will be assessed a Minor penalty.
(c) Any deliberate action by a defending player, including the goaltender, in their defending zone which results in the goal net being knocked from its position, shall constitute an act of deliberate delay of game. if this action occurs in the last two minutes of regular playing time, or any time in overtime, a Penalty Shot shall be awarded against the offending team and the Minor penalty shall not be served.
(d) A Penalty Shot shall be awarded should the goaltender, by deliberate action, dislodge the goal net from its position when a player is on a breakaway in the neutral zone or attacking zone.
(e) if in the last two minutes of regular playing time, or anytime in overtime, a team is penalized for any of the following infractions, a Penalty Shot shall be awarded against the offending team: Deliberate illegal Substitution - Rule 2.5 (f), Protective Equipment - Rule 3.6 (c), Deliberately Knocking the Goal Net from its Position - Rule 10.1 (c), Refusing to Start Play - Rule 10.14 (a), Rule 10.14 (e).
Note: In overtime, a Penalty Shot shall be assessed under this rule, except in the case of Rule 10.14 (a) - Refusing to Start Play, in which case a Penalty Shot and a Major Penalty plus a Game Misconduct shall be assessed.
(f) A Bench Minor penalty shall be imposed upon any team which, after a warning by the Referee, fails to place the correct number of players on the ice and commence play.