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Are there any statistics for how frequently a specific penalty occurs in Ice Hockey? (any League?) I am specifically interested in high sticks.

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Looking at this stats page, it looks like high sticking accounts for ~10% of all minor penalties. From the same site, on average there are about 3 penalties per game per team, so you end up with 6 minors per game, so in 60% of games there is a high sticking minor.

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    Your information is great and to the point. However (and someone do please correct me if my math has gone askew!!!), I don't think your conclusion of 60% is valid. If you have 6 minors a game and 10% are due to high sticking, to determine the games that have high sticking, you'd do $1-(.9^6)$, so only ~47%. It's because there's overlap, in that some games have 2+ high-sticking events, and so that uses up some of the high sticking games... see khanacademy.org/math/probability/binomial-probability-a2/…) – JeopardyTempest Jun 25 '17 at 2:37
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    That result could be further complicated yet since high sticking events may not be independent. Statistics is a strange beast that (works against intuition often)[en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monty_Hall_problem]. That said, it's not that big of an adjustment, and you're already working on rounded values. So no big deal! Good answer, +1 :-) – JeopardyTempest Jun 25 '17 at 2:39

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