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Offical Rules 

Game Information

  1. Time: All 3 periods will be 20 minutes running time. Warm up before each game is 4 minutes. Rest between periods is 1 minute.

  2. Team information:

    • Home team wears white or light colored jerseys and is seated on the North (scoreboard) end.

    • Visiting team wears dark colored jerseys and is seated on the South (Warm Puppy) end.

    • Dressing Rooms for each team are assigned, and will be posted in the lobby of the rink.

    • If there is a conflict in jersey color – Visitor team must change. If needed, alternate jerseys will be provided by the arena.

Age and Player Requirements

  1. To be eligible, all players in the tournament must be at least 40 years of age by December 31, 2023.

  2. Players must be the minimum age of their division by December 31, 2023 to play in the desired division.

  3. Goaltenders – All Goalies must meet the 40 years of age minimum requirement to participate. Goalies playing in the age divisions of 40+ to 55+ must be within 5 years of age to the division. Goalies playing in age divisions of 60+ and over may be within 10 years of the division to play in that group.

  4. All players must be at least 3 years removed from professional play to be eligible for the tournament.

  5. No player shall be rostered or eligible to play for more than one team. Unusual exceptions may be granted by the tournament committee if injury or other unforeseen circumstances arise during the tournament.

Game Rules

  1. Automatic icing, defensive blue line will be the point of origin.

  2. Delayed, tag-up off sides will be used.

  3. All Face-offs will take place at a dot on the ice surface.

  4. Slap Shots are not allowed – a player’s stick cannot go above the tendon protector of their skate. If this occurs it will be treated the same as automatic icing. A “fake” slap shot will also be called.

  5. Body checking not allowed – minor or major penalty.

  6. High Sticking of the puck- if touched next by player on same team, whistle and faceoff in defensive zone.

  7. Coincidental penalties will result in play resuming as 5 on 5.

  8. Teams are allowed one, 30 second time out per game.

  9. Last 15 seconds of the 1st and 2nd periods will be stopped time. The last 2 minutes of the 3rd period will be stop time if the score is within two goals. Penalty lengths will not be altered and may be affected by the stoppage time.

  10. Overtime will be played as 5 minutes running time, the last 15 seconds will be stopped. If there are no goals scored in OT the game will finish as a Tie.

  11. Overtime will be played as 3 on 3 in all divisions:

    • If a penalty carries over into overtime, the OT will begin as 4 on 3. If the penalty expires play will continue as 4 on 4 until the next stoppage of play, after which play will resume as 3 on 3

    • Any penalties that occur in Overtime will result in a penalty shot

  12. Three penalties in any one game (combination penalties are counted as their individual parts, not as one) result in an automatic game ejection (balance of current game only).


      • Minor………………………………………3 minutes running time

      • Major………………………………………7 minutes running time

      • Misconduct……………………………12 minutes running time​

  13. Penalty time will be stopped in the event a team takes a minor while already serving another penalty. The game CLOCK WILL RUN BUT PENALTY TIME WILL BE STOPPED UNTIL PLAY RESUMES. This way no advantage is gained by the offending team losing penalty time from the initial minor penalty.

  14. Disciplinary Committee will handle all misconduct penalties. The disciplinary committee will consist of Tournament Coordinator, Chief Referee & Arena General Manager.

Championship Criteria 

  1. IIHF Scoring System will be used for standings determination. Total points determine the rankings based on three (3) for a Regulation Win, two points (2) for an Overtime Win, one (1) point for a Tie or Overtime Loss, and zero (0) for a loss.

  2. If two teams are tied in accumulated points the tie breakers will be:

    1. Head to head competition

    2. Period points earned

    3. Fewest penalty minutes. If equality still remains, then multiple champions will be declared. Period Points are given as 1 point per period to the team who outscores their opponent. (Max 3 per game)

  3. If three teams are tied in accumulated points the tie breakers will be:

    1. Period points earned

    2. Fewest penalty minutes. If equality still remains, then multiple champions will be declared.

  4. Any teams wishing to offer a gift exchange with the opposing team may do so following the game - off ice on the player’s side. We encourage but do not require team gift exchanges.

  5. Medal Presentations will follow immediately after the last game of each division (see schedule for dates and times). Accommodations can be made for teams who have travel needs.

  6. Trophies will be awarded for first place and Individual player medals (Gold, Silver, or Bronze) will be awarded to the top three teams within each division.

  7. Each team representative will sign out for their medal and a team representative will be required to sign out for the championship trophy

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