I know that this is a really, really old one. But here's what I've found about APBA's handling of some of the penalties that don't happen as often:
Match penalties: In APBA, match penalties are separate from a fight. In the NHL, they often occur during a fight. I'd love to see the in game play by play when a match penalty occurs in APBA, so I can see what kind of description is given. I suspect it's usually explained as some sort of attack with the stick.
Gross misconduct: APBA only uses gross misconducts in a fight. Every time I've seen a gross misconduct in APBA, it has been during a fight where an opposing player gets a fighting major. Strangely, sometimes the gross penalty is standalone, and sometimes it's accompanied by a 5 minute major for fighting as well.
Goalie 5 minute penalties: I 'think' every time a goalie gets a 5 minute penalty it's a fight with a skater. Never seen a goalie vs goalie fight, and I don't think I've ever seen a 5 minute penalty for a goalie without seeing a 5 minute major for an opposing skater at the same time. I've also never seen a 5 minute penalty for a goalie while other penalties are handed out. For whatever reason, APBA never gives a fight result for a goalie fight, and the goalie penalty is listed as a 5 minute minor. I don't think I've ever seen a goalie pick up a match or gross misconduct, but I'm not positive.
Simulataneous fights: Simultaneous fights occur somewhat frequently, usually at least a few times a season. I believe that when this happens, the play by play in APBA describes it as a bench clearing brawl, however it's ALMOST ALWAYS 2 sets of matching majors (ie, 2 separate fights.) Occasionally it is just the 5 minute majors handed out, but usually the 2nd pair of combatants get 10 minute game misconducts on top of the 5 minute major.
On very, very rare occasions, I have seen 3 simultaneous fights. I feel like at some point many years ago I saw 4 simultaneous fights in a boxscore, but at this point I can't be positive about that.
Fights at 0:00: It's not uncommon in APBA for a fight to occur at 0:00 of any period, even the opening faceoff! Of course in today's NHL this can't happen, as you have to wait for the puck to be dropped at least. But in APBA, it's pretty common which I find interesting!
Fights listed at the same time on the clock as a goal: This is another one I notice occasionally that I find interesting, a fight in the boxscore listed at the same time as a goal. I do not know if the fight happens just after the goal, or during the next faceoff. I'd be curious to know.
Dave, going back to your initial question, I'm not entirely sure what "aggressor" is. Are you talking about fight instigator? That shouldn't be a match, it should be a minor for instigating and an automatic misconduct (though I can't recall if it's a regular misc or game misc).
I'm also curious about the difference between a gross misc. and a match penalty, especially historically. In past NHL seasons, what types of actions get a gross as opposed to match? Ie, which would swinging a stick be? What about hairpulling, eye gouging, kneeing, etc?
--- In email@example.com, "D. Atkinson" <bigdog@...> wrote:
> I know that an "attempt to injure" penalty is a match penalty.
> Is "abuse of officials" a match penalty or a misconduct?
> Is "aggressor" a match penalty or a misconduct? These are both 10 minute
> penalties and I'm trying to classify them for the disk.