What's PIM in Hockey

What’s PIM in Hockey? (with stats)

The desire to win at any cost might be dangerous. When the players are under pressure, sometimes they may break the rules to score or stop the other team from scoring. This is where the penalty part comes. You know we as humans have this tendency to break the rules, so while making rules, the regulators make sure to add the penalties too.

And here we come. What is PIM in hockey? It is Penalty Infraction Minutes, also known as Penalty Minutes.

What is PIM in Hockey?

In hockey, when any player breaks a rule, he must face a penalty. As a penalty, the player has to leave the game for some specific time. The total number of minutes that the player spends in the box after breaking the rules during the game is calculated at the end of every season. These cumulative minutes are called PIM.

Penalized Versus Non-Penalized Infractions 

The referee blows the whistle whenever a player breaks some rule. But there are different types of infractions in hockey. Some of them are non-penalized, so you will not get a penalty on them. For example, icing, offsides, and handpasses are non-penalized infractions.

PIM in Hockey

While others are penalized, if you commit those, you will have to face the penalty. For example, tripping, high-sticking, slashing, and fighting are all penalized infractions. When a player commits a penalized penalty, he has to leave the ice and sit in the penalty box for a specified time. When the player leaves, his team becomes one short of the total players, and they are not allowed to call a substitute for this player. So, his team has to play shorthanded. It gives the other team greater chances to score.

Five Types of Penalties 

Now, the penalties are of different types, and each penalty has a predetermined time. Let us look at them in detail.

1. Minor (2 Minutes)

Includes penalties such as hooking, slashing, boarding, goaltender interference, delay of game, and too many men on the ice. Least serious but most common.

2. Major (5 Minutes)

A severe type of minor penalty. It can include high sticking, causing the other players to bleed, fighting on the ice, or a dangerous bodycheck.

3. Match (5 Minutes)

When a player intentionally injures another or tries to cause injury. This player is not allowed to play for the rest of the game. Another player from his team serves the penalty.

4. Misconduct (10 Minutes)

Longest penalty type. The team can call a substitute player in such a case. Misconduct and bad behavior against sportsmanship result in this penalty.

5. Penalty Shot (No time Infraction)

As a penalty, the other player can have an unhindered breakaway on the goalie. It results when the player slips on the breakaway.

How Many PIMs does a Player Get in a Game or Season?

At the beginning of the NHL, there used to be a lot of PIMs. This might be because it was the start of the game and a new era. Players used to fight a lot in the games then.

But this has changed today. There is lesser fighting and breaking of rules now. In most games, some players don’t have a single PIM. Most of the players who get PIM don’t go further than 2 – 4 minutes.

The following table shows the top PIMs for the 2021-2022 season.

Player NameTeamTotal PIMs
Mark BorowieckiNSH151
Pat MaroonTBL134
Tanner JeannotNSH130
Brandon DuhaimeMIN122
Brady TkachukOTT117
Jeffrey Truchon VielSJS114
Nicolas DeslauriersMIN113
Marcus FolignoMIN112
Zack MacEwenPHI110
Givani SmithDET108
Top PIMs for the 2021-2022 season

Top 10 All-time season leaders for PIM

The following table shows the top all time season leaders for PIMs.

PlayerYearPIM
Dave Schultz1974-75472
Paul Baxter1981-82409
Mike Peluso1991-92405
Dave Schultz1977-78405
Marty McSorley1992-93399
Bob Probert1987-88398
Basil McRae1987-88382
Joey Kocur1985-86377
Tim Hunter1988-89375
Donald Brashear1997-98372
Top 10 All-time season leaders for PIM

And this is all about PIM in hockey, the penalty infraction minutes, or simply penalty minutes in  ice hockey. 

Remember not to break the rules or face the consequences. 🙂

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