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Nation's Cup Tier-II

Nov 27, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020

Detroit, MI

  1. All teams must be rostered with USA Hockey, the Canadian Hockey Association or the appropriate IIHF affiliate.
  2. Teams are required to bring their official team roster, as well as their travel permit (if required by their governing body) to each game.
  3. Players and coaches should report to the arena at least one hour prior to each game.
  4. 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.
  5. All teams must be prepared to begin any game 15 minutes ahead of schedule.
  6. The teams will wear the jerseys provided by the tournament. These jerseys are yours to keep.
  7. Periods:
    • Squirts and peewees will play 3 x 13-minute periods.
    • Bantams will play 3 x 14-minute periods.
    • Midgets 2 x 22-minute halves (ice cut between halves). 
    • Three-minute warm-up per game.
  8. If your local association says you are not required to use mouth guards you will not have to.
  9. Squirts and peewees will allow body contact when attempting to play the puck, bantams and midgets will allow body checking. (Bantam teams ('03/'04) playing in the lowest bantam division will allow body contact only) 
  1. Teams will earn 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, and 0 points for a loss per game.  The maximum posted goal differential will be 7 goals.
  2. Any forfeited games will be recorded as a 7-0 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.
  3. 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.
  1. All tournament officials are current members in good standing of USA Hockey and are deemed qualified to officiate at the level of play assigned.
  2. A zero tolerance for verbal abuse is in effect and will be enforced for all team officials, players, and spectators.
  3. 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.
  4. Please keep in mind that the tournament director does not have the authority to reverse the decisions of the game officials.
  1. This tournament is sanctioned by USA Hockey. The following USA Hockey rules may not be familiar to teams from other IIHF affiliates.
    • a. Any player receiving 5-or-more penalties in one game must sit the following game.
    • b. If a team receives 15-or-more penalties in one game, the head coach must sit the following game.
    • c. There is NO offsides tag-up rule for peewees and squirts. 
    • d. Canadian teams are required to wear mouth guards and neck guards according to the rules of their governing body.
    • e. Anyone receiving a game misconduct must sit the next game.
    • f. Anyone receiving a match penalty is disqualified from further play.

NOTE: The tournament director 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 tournament director are final.

  1. 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 as to when their team plays in the playoff round.
  2. Tiebreakers - If two of more teams have the same number of points, the following will be used to determine the team seeding 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.
    • a) Goal Differential (GF-GA)
    • b) Fewest Goals Against
    • c) Most Goals For
    • d) Goal Quotient (GF/(GF+GA))
    • e) Coin Toss
  3. NO timeouts allowed in round-robin games. One timeout per team is allowed for Sunday games only.
  4. These rules may be amended prior to the tournament to coincide with any changes in the tournament format.
  5. 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: 6th seed will count 1 pt for their country, 5th seed game will be 2 pts, 4th seed will be 3 pts, 3rd seed will be 4 pts, 2nd seed will be 5 pts, and the final game (seed 1) will be worth 6 pts.
  6. In the event that the two countries are tied after all Sunday games have been completed, the tie will be broken in the following manner: 1 vs. 1 matchup will continue with a four-minute, 3-on-3 overtime. If the tie remains, the two teams will alternate shots in a 3-player shootout to determine a winner. If still tied after three shooters have gone for both teams, a sudden-death shootout will commence until the tie is broken. Players can shoot more than once only after the 3-player shootout has concluded. Home team will decide which team will shoot first. Players who are still serving a penalty at the end of game action are not eligible to participate in the shootout. Goalies are not eligible.