The tournament will guarantee each team a minimum of 5 games.
Each game will consist of three 20 minute stop time periods with a full ice clean after each period. However, where time dictates, the referee and tournament committee may eliminate the ice cleaning. Play will then recommence after a two-minute rest period.
Warm-ups will be 5 minutes in duration with pucks being supplied by the tournament.
The tournament format will consist of 16 teams split into two pools, the Reid Pool and the Iginla Pool. These pools each contain 2 divisions of 4 teams. Each team will play 3 games within their division in a qualifying round. The top two teams from each of the 4 divisions advances to the “A” championship playoffs. The third place team from each of the 4 divisions advances to the “B” consolation playoffs. The fourth place team from each of the 4 divisions advances to the “C” consolation playoffs.
During round-robin play, games tied in regulation will follow the overtime format. Wins in regulation are worth 3 points. Losses in regulation are worth 0 points. Wins in Overtime are worth 2 points. Losses in Overtime are worth 1 point.
In the event teams are tied for a playoff spot, the following procedure will apply in this descending order:
If a playoff game ends in a tie during regulation time the following Overtime format will take Place:
Teams will not change ends and after a 2 minute break teams will play a 5 minute (3-on-3) stopped time overtime period. The game shall be concluded on a sudden death victory goal.
If no goal is scored during the 5 minute overtime the game shall be decided via an NHL style shootout. Each team shall select 3 different players to participate in the initial stage of the shootout. The team scoring the most goals after the first 3 shooters of each team have gone will be declared the winner. If the teams are tied after the first three shooters have gone then each team will send individual shooters one at a time until one team scores and the other team doesn’t allow a goal. No player may shoot twice until everyone who is eligible has shot.
Shootout Eligibility: Only active players on the roster can participate in the shootout, injured players whether previously listed on the roster or for injuries occurring during that game are exempt. Players serving suspensions, or serving penalty time for major penalties, misconducts or game misconducts are ineligible to participate in the shootout. Players serving minor penalties at the end of overtime are eligible to participate in the shootout.
Overtime periods are considered as part of the whole game. Penalties will carry over into overtime periods. If a team declines to play in the necessary overtime periods that game shall be declared a loss for that team.
***Where time constraints dictate the referee and the tournament committee may eliminate the 5 minute overtime period and proceed straight to the shootout at the end of regulation time.
In the event of a tie in the Championship game at the end of regulation time, the teams will not change ends and after a 2-minute break, will play a 5 minute sudden-death overtime period of 4-on-4 hockey. If the game is still tied after the first OT, a 5-minute, sudden-death 3-on- 3 overtime period will occur. All play will be “stopped time”. If the game is still tied after both 5-minute overtime periods, the above shootout format will determine the tournament champion.
If the game remains tied at the end for the five (5) minute overtime period (or 10 minute overtime period
in the Championship game), the teams will proceed in a shootout. The rules governing the shootout shall be the same as those for a penalty shot.
The Teams will not change ends for the shootout. The visiting team will shoot first. The teams shall alternate shots. Teams shall remain on their respective benches except for the goalies and players currently taking the shot.
Three (3) players from each team shall participate in the shootout and they shall proceed in such order as the Coach selects. All players are eligible to participate in the shootout unless they are serving a major penalty, and ten minute misconduct or have been assessed a game misconduct, gross misconduct, or match penalty or are suspended.
Once the shootout begins, the goalkeeper cannot be replaced unless he is injured. No warm up shall be permitted for a substitute goalkeeper. Each team will be given three shots, unless the outcome is determined earlier in the shootout. After each team has taken three shots, if the score remains tied, the shootout will proceed to a “sudden death” format. No player may shoot twice until everyone who is eligible has shot.