major penalty


: a 5-minute suspension of a player in ice hockey or lacrosse

Examples of major penalty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Ledgers were assessed a five-minute major penalty for boarding at the 9:41 mark, but River Falls failed to capitalize, managing just four shots with the advantage. Jim Hoehn, Twin Cities, 29 Feb. 2024 Personal fouls, fines went way down: Four Cardinals players were hit with major penalties in the season opener, including three flags for unsportsmanlike conduct. The Arizona Republic, 9 Jan. 2024 The series began with a tough and physical game — with six five-minute major penalties for fighting in the first period. Zach Welch, Kansas City Star, 5 Feb. 2024 Originally, no call was made on the play, then a major penalty was called. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2023 The expansion of video review to include major penalties was instituted in June 2019. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2023 That change gave referees the option to reduce a major penalty to a minor, as happened in the first-round game Monday night. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 18 Apr. 2023 Thursday Clarkson struck first blood at the 8:35 mark of the first period and doubled the lead on Romano’s goal, which came at the 6:32 mark of the second period, shortly after Luke La Master was hit with a major penalty for contact to the head of a Clarkson play. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 30 Dec. 2022 The on-ice officials called a five-minute major penalty and it was confirmed after a review, leaving the Stars without their No. 4 playoff scorer for the rest of the game. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, 24 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of major penalty was in 1925

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“Major penalty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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