Is there a list of all possible penalty reasons in ice-hockey/NHL? Like High sticking, Holding, Hooking... but all of possible reasons. I would like to have the complete list for statistical purposes, like what could a referee officially write down for penalty reason on the match sheet.
Yes like almost all sports, there's a full list of penalties, otherwise referees wouldn't done what play is a foul or not. In hockey the penalties are split to minor (2 minute) or major (5 minute) penalties.
Here is the list of minor penalties:
- Closing hand on puck
- Delay of game
- Goaltender interference
- Holding the stick
- Illegal equipment
- Illegal stick
- Leaving penalty bench too early
- Leaving the crease (goalkeeper)
- Participating in the play beyond the centre red line (goalkeeper)
- Throwing puck towards opponent’s goal (goalkeeper)
- Throwing stick
- Unsportsmanlike conduct
And here is the list of major penalties:
- Checking from behind
- Illegal Check to the Head
Take a look at Wikipedia's article on hockey penalties for what each penalty is. There's also info on what results in a game misconduct, or 10 minute misconduct, or what results penalty on bench participants.
This is also a good resource talking about the penalties, with visualization for the signals.