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.
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
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.