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Capital Cup

Dec 6, 2019 - Dec 8, 2019

East Lansing, MI

General Information

  • All games will be played in accordance with USA Hockey rules.
  • All teams and players must be rostered and have a valid membership with AAU.
  • Teams are required to bring their official team roster or player cards, as well as their travel permit (if required by their governing body) to each game.
  • All teams are guaranteed four games.
  • Teams/Officials must be ready to start games up to 15 minutes early.
  • Rosters are frozen the first day of the tournament. A player must play at least one game prior to the quarterfinals or semifinals to be eligible to play in playoff games.
  • Teams must be prepared to play Friday morning. Reserving a hotel room Thursday evening is advised.
  • Sunday championship games should be complete by 2:00 p.m.
  • Schedule will be released 7-10 days prior to the tournament start date.
  • Your team will not be scheduled until full payment is received.

Tournament Rules

  • NO TOURNAMENT OFFICIAL has the right to change a score sheet or reverse a call from a referee. Once game is over, the score sheet is FINAL.
  • This event is sanctioned by AAU. Please refer to the USA Hockey playing rulebook for all rules for 2017-2021.
  • No body checking will be permitted.
  • Tag-up offsides will be played for all divisions.
  • New icing rule for this tournament WILL NOT be in effect.
  • Minor penalties - 1:30 minutes/Major penalties - 5 minutes.
  • Game misconduct - Player will be ejected for the remainder of that game plus the next schedule game.
  • Running-time will be in effect during the third period only when a team is winning by five-or-more goals. Stop-time will resume once the score is within two goals.
  • No timeouts are permitted in preliminary rounds.
  • One 30-second timeout is permitted in quarterfinals, semifinals and finals.
  • Players and coaches should report to the arena at lest one hour prior to each game.
  • A maximum of four team officials may be on the players' bench at one time.
  • The home team will wear white jerseys and visitors wear dark.


Scoring Rules

  • All divisions will be scored three points for a regulation win, two points for a shootout win, one point for a shootout loss and zero points for a regulation loss.
  • Any forfeited games will be recorded as a 3-0 score. Any forfeited games affecting another team's playoff status, may be reviewed by the tournament director to determine which teams advance beyond preliminary round play. Use of ineligible players will disqualify a team from the tournament.
  • All games played by a disqualified team will be forfeited. No monies will be refunded.
  • Scores will be posted with a goal differential no greater than seven as standard for all LGS tournaments.

Game Format

  • 3-minute warm-up.
  • All games will be 12-12-15 minute stop-time periods.
  • If the game is tied at the end of regulation in preliminary rounds, a three-player shootout will take place.

Tie-Breaking Rules

To determine teams advancing to the semifinal and final rounds, if more than two teams are tied, as soon as the tie is broken, the tiebreaker is reapplied to any remaining ties:

  • Total Team Points
  • Head-to-Head (two-team tie-breaker only)
  • Goal Differential (Maximum 7-goal differential per game)
  • Least Goals Allowed
  • Goals For
  • Fewest Penalty Minutes
  • Coin Toss

Shootout Format

  • Home team will decide who will shoot first.
  • Designated shooters for both teams will alternate shotes.
  • If the score remains tied after three rounds, new players will participate in a sudden-death shootout.
  • The players in the first group-of-three may not shoot again until all other eligible players on their team have had a turn OR the opposing team has used all of their shooters.
  • Players with time remaining on their penalty are not eligible for the shootout.
  • Goalies are not eligible.

Playoff Format

Please refer to BAND or speak to a tournament official in order to determine the playoff format for each division. It is incumbent upon the team officials to confirm with a tournament representative whether or not their team has advanced beyond preliminary-round play prior to leaving the arena following their final preliminary-round game. 

In the event a quarterfinal, semifinal or championship game should end in a tie, the tie will be broken in the following manner:

  • 5-minute sudden-death (4-on-4) stopped time.
  • 3-player shootout (same rules apply as in preliminary round).
  • Sudden-death shootout (both teams get to shoot each round).
  • There is no OT or shootout in consolation games.


  • A zero tolerance for verbal abuse is in effect and will be enforced for all team officials, players and spectators.
  • Appropriate penalties will be assessed for disputing or arguing a decision of the officials, any visual demonstration of dissatisfaction, or for the use of obscene or vulgar language to anyone at any time during the tournament.