Winter Blast Rules - 2022
House League Tournament Rules
- All teams must submit their respective association tournament permit along with approved player list at least one (1) hour prior to their first game.
- All teams must report in and register one (1) hour prior to their second and subsequent games.
- The Tournament shall be governed by Hockey Canada, OHF, and NOHA rules unless otherwise noted. All officials shall be appointed by the Nickel Centre Minor Hockey Association and all major infractions will be reviewed by the Operations Committee.
- Team coaches and managers are responsible for the actions of their players both on and off the ice. Teams are requested to vacate their dressing room as quickly as possible following a game.There are limited number of dressing rooms available and other teams are waiting to use them. Please keep your dressing clean. The celebrations of special events such as birthdays are not allowed in the change rooms.
- Home team changes sweaters in the event of a conflict.
- All players MUST wear appropriate safety equipment as per their home governing body, for example OMHA, GTHL, HOE, Hockey Quebec to name a few.
- Alternate change rooms – there are alternate change rooms at each arena. There will be a home team dressing room and a visiting team dressing room. They will be labeled on the door. Only authorized personnel can enter.
- Medals and Banner presentations shall take place on the ice. Only team players and carded staff will be allowed on the ice for post-game presentations.No parents allowed on ice. It is the responsibility of each team to ensure that this rule is strictly adhered to.
- The Novice division will play full-ice games.
- Any team found to be carded other that House League will be removed from this tournament immediately and no refund applied.
- Teams must be prepared to go on the ice fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled game time.Game schedules may be adjusted due to reasons beyond our control.
- There will be a flood after every game (Arena captain can waive the flood at his/her discretion).
- Warm-ups shall consist of two (2) minutes from the time the ice resurfacing machine leaves the ice and the doors are closed. Players are NOT allowed onto the ice surface until these doors are closed.
- All games (including semi-final and championship games) shall consist of three (3) periods of ten (10) minutes, stopped time. There is no overtime during round robin play.
- One (1) 30-second time-out is allowed per team in each game, including semi-final and championship games.
- Running time will be implemented when there is a differential of five (5) goals in any game but only in the 3rdperiod (including semi-final and championship games). If the differential is reduced to four (4) goals, stopped time will be resumed.
- During semi-finals and championship games, the team with the best record will have home team advantage.
- There shall be no overtime in round robin play. Overtime in quarter-final, semi-final and championship games shall consist of:
- Four (4) on four (4) for five (5) minute straight time sudden victory period.
- If the game is still tied at this time, a shoot-out will determine the winner with each team selecting their own shooters. Home team will get the choice of shooting first or second.A player may only be used once in the shoot-out. Each team will alternate one shot and the first team to score when the other team fails to score will determine the winner.
- Body checking is not allowed in any divisions.
- Fighting or intent to injure will mean expulsion from the tournament. This rule applies both on and off the ice. Any profanity from the coaches, players or parents will result from expulsion from the tournament. Team coaches and managers are responsible for their players both on and off the ice.
- A player receiving three (3) penalties in one game shall be ejected from the game.
- In any case where there is a question or a dispute regarding a tournament rule, regulation or suspension, the interpretation and or decision of the Tournament Committee shall be final. No protest will be allowed.
- Points: Win - two (2) points, Tie – one (1) point, Loss – zero (0) points.
- SPECIAL POINT SYSTEM for a 9 team division
- 1 point- win the 1st period
- 1 point – win the 2nd period
- 1 point – win the 3rd period
- 2 points- to the team that wins the game
- 1 point – to each team in the event of a tied game
- SPECIAL POINT SYSTEM for a 9 team division
- The top four teams in each division (U9, U11, U13, U15) will advance to the semi-finals. The top two teams in the U18 division will advance to the Championship finals.
- All standing ties in a division will be broken by NOHA Tie Breaking Rules.
- If a team forfeits a game, the opposing team will be awarded an average of the total goals scored against the forfeiting team. In the case where the forfeited game is the first game of the tournament, the average of the total goals scored against the forfeiting team shall be determined following completion of round robin play.
In the event of teams being tied at the end of the Round Robin series, for any position, the following procedure will be used to break a tie:
a) The team with the most wins will take the higher position.
b) If still tied, the winner of the game(s) between those two teams will take the higher position.
c) If still tied, the team with the best goal average will take the higher position. All Round Robin games are included.
d) If still tied, the team that scored the first goal in the game involving both teams will take the higher position.
e) If still tied, the team with the lowest number of penalty minutes during the Round Robin will take the higher position. (GM= 10 minutes, MP=15 minutes, GRM=10 minutes, Misconduct =10 minutes).
f) If still tied, a coin toss will determine the higher position. The coin toss will be done by the NOHA Representative in the presence of a representative from each team. The NOHA Rep will assign which team is Heads or Tails.
aa) The team with the most wins will take the higher position.
bb) If still tied, the team with the higher percentage will take first, the rest placing in order.
cc) If still tied, the team with the lowest number of penalty minutes during the Round Robin will take the higher position.
dd) If still tied, a coin toss will determine the higher position. The coin toss will be done by the NOHA Representative in the presence of a representative from each team. The NOHA Rep will assign which team is Heads or Tails.
ee) If 3 or more teams are still tied, then the NOHA Representative will place each team’s name in a hat. The first team’s name pulled will be the higher-placed team and so on.