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Nation's Cup AAA

Jan 17, 2020 - Jan 19, 2020

Ann Arbor, MI

Tournament Rules & Information


  • All teams must be rostered with USA Hockey, the Canadian Hockey Association or the appropriate IIHF affiliate.
  • 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.
  • Players and coaches should report to the arena at least one hour prior to each game.
  • A maximum of four team officials may be on the player's bench at one time. Additionally, each team will provide a penalty box official.
  • All teams must be prepared to begin any game 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
  • The teams will wear the jerseys provided by the tournament.

Scoring Rules

  • All divisions will be scored 2 pts for a win, 1 pt for a tie, and 0 pts for a loss per game.
  • 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 money will be refunded.
  • If a team is down by 5-or-more goals in the 3rd period, running time will commence. If the gap is closed to two goals, stop time will resume.


  • All tournament officials are current members in good standing of USA Hockey and are deemed qualified to officiate at the level of play assigned.
  • 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 anytime during the tournament.
  • Please keep in mind that the tournament director does not have the authority to reverse the decisions of the game officials.

USA Hockey Rules

  • This tournament is sanctioned by USA Hockey. The following USA Hockey rules may not be familiar to teams from other IIHF affiliates.
    • Any player receiving 5-or-more penalties in 1 game must sit the following game.
    • If a team receives 15-or-more penalties in one game, the head coach must sit the following game.
    • There is NO offsides tag-up rule.
    • Canadian teams are required to wear neck guards according to the rules of their governing body.
    • Anyone receiving a game misconduct must sit the next game.
    • Anyone receiving a match penalty is disqualified from further play.
    • A short-handed team may not ice the puck during their penalty.
  • The acting tournament director (ATD) reserves the right to take measures necessary to ensure a safe tournament for the participants including the modification of any rule(s) herein which is deemed by him/her to be in the tournament's best interest. Decisions of the acting tournament director are final.

Round Robin & Playoff Games

  • Please refer to tournament scoreboards 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 when their team plays in the playoff round.
  • Tiebreakers - To determine teams seedings for the final round. If more than 2 teams are tied, as soon as the tie is broken, the tie breaker is reapplied to any remaining ties.
    • Head-to-Head Competition - Direct play between two tied teams.
    • Goal Differential – The team with the greater goal differential will advance
    • Few Goals Against
    • Quickest Goal For in the Tournament
    • Coin Toss
  • One 30-second timeout per team, is allowed on Sunday only.
  • These rules may be amended prior to the tournament to coincide with any changes in the tournament format.
  • Sunday games will match the lowest seed from each country against each other and move all the way up to the final game matchup which will be USA seed 1 vs CANADA seed 1. The points accumulated for Sunday games will go as follows: Lowest-seed game is worth 1 point (Example - 06 Division -#7 vs #7 = 1 point. Example - 08 Division - #9 vs #9 = 1 point), 2nd lowest-seeded game is worth 2 points, 3rd lowest-seeded game is worth 3 points...etc.
  • The winning country of round-robin play (Friday and Saturday) will be rewarded home-ice advantage for all playoff games Sunday.
  • Three-minute warm-up. All games will play 10-15-15 minute stop-time periods.
  • OT rules for Sunday - NO TIES. Straight to a 3-man shootout. Home team has decision who shoots first. If after 3 shooters the teams are still tied you will continue to shoot (sudden-death) until the tie is broken. Cannot use the same player twice until all shooters have shot.
  • If both countries are tied after the #1 seeded game concludes the 3-man shootout will be applied to determine the winning country.