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It looks like MN Hockey did adopt the 90 second penalty for 12-17 minute periods. However, I was looking at the D10 rule changes this year and they moved several levels to 90 minute games with 17 minute stop time periods BB1, PWAA, PWA, PWB1, 15U A/B, 12U A/B for instance. The levels that do not play 90 minute games (PWB2 and PWC, all squirts, etc) will still play 60 min periods, but they change the periods to be 17 min run times (periods 1&2) with the 3rd period modified to fit within the remaining time of ice. So for D10 all games will have 17 minute periods and thus use 2 min minor penalty times.
The one goofy caveat is in the 60 min games, the periods are 17 min run time EXCEPT during penalties, at which time the game will be stop time.
This is going to mess the time keepers up a LOT and there will be some pissed off people when the clock isn’t stopped during a penalty.
I have one kid who will play 90 min games and one who will play 60 min games so I’ll be bouncing back and forth on the rules. Please Lord don’t let me fail…
From MN Hockey
A pro-rated schedule for minor penalties was established based on period length. For periods 12-minutes or less, the minor penalty length shall be 1:00. The minor penalty time shall be 1:30 for more than 12 and less than 17-minute periods and 2:00 for periods 17- minutes in length or greater. Per an allowed affiliate exception, Minnesota Hockey determined all minor penalties at the Bantam/15U level and up will be 2:00 in penalty time regardless of period length.
I am sorry, in my opinion this is just stupid. The “Pick and Choose” – exception here, caveat there system of doing things isn’t conducive to Youth Hockey… Run time, except when there is a penalty — you’re right that clock isn’t going to get stopped/started. Then you’re going to have stoppages to get time added back on or taken off. And/Or endless whining/screaming about not starting/stopping the clock.
You have curfew games (ice time clock), things like this just lead to confusion between coaches, time-keepers, players, inexperienced officials. You’re going to waste time having to constantly explain it to people. So in the end you’re going to have less time for the kids to play hockey anyway.
Is it necessary for all those levels to play 90 minute games? Just asking. BB1 and up – sure. Pee Wees? You just added an extra half hour of ice to all this games and ice time is already a scarce resource. Ice Time cost also just increased at those levels, and you’re going to pay your officials more for those games, which everyone always complains about anyway.
I can understand the argument for 90 second penalties at 15:00 periods or less. At 17:00 periods, everything should just be “normal” and not modified. Sure a 2:00 penalty “hurts” a little more, just teach kids not to break the rules rather than being more lenient.