major penalty


Definition of 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 Six minutes in, Killorn hit New York’s Brock Nelson into the glass from behind and was ejected and given a 5-minute major penalty for boarding. Stephen Whyno,, "Nikita Kucherov scores with under 9 seconds left in 2-1 Lightning victory over Islanders for 2-0 edge in Eastern finals," 10 Sep. 2020 The Golden Knights had led the series 3-1 and were leading 3-0 midway through the third period of Game 7 before Vegas’ Cody Eakin was called for a major penalty for cross checking Joe Pavelski. Steve Kroner,, "April 23, 2019: Sharks put together stirring rally, top Vegas in OT in Game 7," 23 Apr. 2020 Just as play was set to return to even strength, Franklin received a major penalty at 14:46 of the second., "Up, 2-0, after a Chris O’Neill shorthanded breakaway goal 12:34 into the second period, the Panthers went man down 11 seconds later. Just as play was set to return to even strength, Franklin received a major penalty at 14:46 of the second.," 20 Dec. 2019 Kessel’s goal was the only damage the Coyotes could muster on the major penalty. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Bruins have enough to turn away Coyotes," 8 Feb. 2020 Colorado, however, failed to convert on the major penalty and clung to its one-goal lead late in the period. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avs sweep their two-game homestand after beating Blue Jackets," 9 Nov. 2019 Crackdown on fighting/sportsmanship initiatives: Two particularly ugly fights on the basketball court resulted in major penalties for the schools involved. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Retiring IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox wasn't afraid of change," 16 Jan. 2020 The league also will have officials review all major penalties — except for fighting majors — to determine whether each call was accurate. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, "NHL responds to playoff controversy, expands video review," 21 June 2019 His players showed a lack of discipline unseen from Dantonio’s previous teams, letting their emotions and frustrations turn into five major penalty flags that helped give U-M 93 yards. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football stock watch: Coaching, offense, defense in disarray," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of major penalty

1925, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2020

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“Major penalty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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