INFORMATION OF INTEREST TO THOSE TEAMS CONSIDERING APPLYING TO THE MAC'S
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RULES & REGULATIONS
SANCTION: The Mac's Tournament is sanctioned by Hockey Canada and by Hockey Alberta.
REGULATIONS: All Tournament games are played under Hockey Canada Minor/Female Rules and Mac's Tournament Regulations.
Minor 2 minutes
Major 5 minutes
Misconduct 10 minutes
Major Penalty: Any player or team official incurring a major penalty shall be assessed a Game Misconduct penalty.
Game Misconduct: When the penalty is assessed in the last 10 minutes of the game (including overtime), an automatic 1game suspension shall apply.
Match Penalty: Minimum 2 game suspension.
Gross Misconduct: Minimum 2 game suspension
All Game/Gross Misconducts & Match penalties will be reviewed by the Tournament Rules Committee, and additional suspensions may be applied.
Fighting - If a fight occurs, all players except the goaltender shall immediately retire to the front of their respective bench or to a neutral area designated by the Referee and shall remain there until the Referee calls them back to resume play. Goaltenders must not leave their crease unless directed by the Referee to do so. Players on the bench (or team officials) shall not go on the ice during the fight/altercation.
If a goalkeeper goes to his/her bench during the game for any reason, he/she must be replaced immediately. If play is halted for a player who is apparently or actually injured, that player must leave the ice until after play is resumed (with the only exception being the goaltender).
Notice of all suspensions during the Tournament will be forwarded (with a full report of the circumstances) to the player's regular league officials. The Tournament Rules/Discipline Committee may require players and team staff to appear at hearings into these matters.
No player who is suspended in her/his regular league can play in the Tournament until her/his suspension is lifted by their regular league officials.
Teams must be registered and in good standing with Hockey Canada or International affiliates (and/or their Provincial Branches). Proof of registration must be available upon request. Participating teams must have a sanction permit or letter of permission to participate in the Tournament from their Hockey Canada or International affiliate branch.
5. Composition of Teams
Each team may register twenty-three (23) properly registered and affiliated players, but only twenty (20) players including two goaltenders may dress for each game. A minimum of eleven (11) players, including two goaltenders are required to start a game.
6. Alternate Goalkeeper
The alternate goalkeeper must be ready to play at all times during a game. Only two (2) minutes will be allowed for a goalkeeper to recover from an injury. After two minutes, he/she will be replaced immediately.
7. Player Eligibility
Players participating in the Mac's Tournament must meet the Hockey Canada midget age categorization. Teams participating under USA & International Hockey regulations may qualify with a maximum of three (3) 18 year old players based on USA & International Hockey categorization regulations. All players must be properly registered with Hockey Canada or their governing hockey federation on the equivalent registration sheet, for inspection by Tournament officials. Properly affiliated players are eligible to play. Pickups are ineligible. If it is proven that a team has registered/listed an ineligible player, that team will be automatically disqualified from the Tournament, and notice of such irregularity will be forwarded by the Tournament Rules/Discipline Committee to the team's regular league officials. A player whose team has been eliminated from Tournament play may not play for another team in the Tournament. Team managers will properly submit their team's roster of players eligible to play to Tournament officials, and will have the necessary supporting documentation, being a valid Hockey Canada registration sheet or equivalent available for examination by Tournament officials at the time of initial registration. Team rosters submitted to the Tournament on the Players Registration Form may be amended up to the final registration prior to the team's first Tournament game.
8. Team Colours
Home team will wear light color uniforms and the visiting team will wear dark colored uniforms. Sweater changes, if necessary, will be decided by the Tournament Committee.
9. Home/Visiting Team
Home/visiting teams are pre-determined for Round Robin play. For the playoff round, the home team will be decided by the toss of a coin by Tournament Officials immediately preceding the playoff games.
10. Mandatory Equipment
Helmets & face masks are compulsory for all players. Face masks and helmets, as approved by Hockey Canada (Canada), and IIHF (International) must be worn during this Tournament. All mandatory equipment, as required by the governing body regulations for each team, must be worn.
11. Dressing Rooms
Only players, team officials named on the team roster, and Tournament officials will be permitted in dressing rooms and the dressing room area. Team Managers must report to Tournament officials at the arena where the game is scheduled, one hour prior to game time.
12. Game Report
The game sheets are to be completed by both teams twenty (20) minutes prior to game time. Players not playing in any game must be deleted from all pre-printed sheets of the game report.
13. Game Officials
All referees and linesmen officiating in the Tournament (one referee, two linesmen for each game) will be qualified and registered by Hockey Alberta or associated Hockey Canada Associations. Off Ice officials will be assigned by the Tournament.
14. Time and Conditions of Play
The ice will be flooded between each period of all games. Warm up time will be 10 minutes or as determined by the Referee, in consideration of time available. Teams not ready to start play at the scheduled time and/or when the Referee calls the players to center ice for the initial face off, will be subject to a delay of game penalty, and possible forfeiture of the game. Games shall consist of three (3) twenty (20) minute stop-time periods. Teams will be allowed one thirty (30) second time out which may be taken at any time during the game (regulation or overtime periods). Only one time out will be allowed per one stoppage of play. The only exception to this rule is the Male Division All Star Game, please refer to rule # 19.
15. Round Robin
Round Robin games will consist of three (3) twenty (20) minute stop-time periods, no overtime will be played in Round Robin.
Points will be awarded in the Round Robin as follows:
Win - 2 Points Tie - 1 Point Loss - 0 Points
In the case of a tie for first place in a Pool at the conclusion of the Round Robin, the Pool standings will be determined as follows: (1) the winner of the game between the two tied teams, or
(2) if that game ended in a tie, the team with the better Round Robin record of goals for and against (goals for minus goals against, divided by goals for plus goals against - highest fraction wins)
(3) or if again there is a tie; the team that scores the first goal in the game between the two tied teams
In the event of a tie for first place between three (or more) teams, Pool standings will be determined by:
(1) the best Round Robin records of goals for and against as per (2) above, and
(2) If a tie still exists, then the provisions of sections (1) and (3) above, in that order, will be applied.
16. Wildcard Teams
Three (3) wildcard teams (male) and One (1) wildcard team (female) will be selected to advance with the top five (5) Pool winners (male) and the top three (3) Pool winners (female) into quarter-final play (male) and semi-final play (female).
These wildcard teams will be the (three (3) male and (one) female) second place teams in Pool standings with the best records,
(1) total number of points.
(2) if a tie exists, the team that (a) defeated or (b) tied their Pool winner, in that order.
(3) if a tie still exists, goals for and against as per 15 (2) above.
(4) if a tie still exists, the team that scored the earliest goal in;
(a) their game against the Pool winner and
(b) the next highest ranking team in their Pool and so on, in that order.
An advancing wildcard team shall not be drawn against its Pool winner in quarter-finals or semi-finals play therefore
wildcard/pool positions in the quarter-final (male) or semi-final (female) draw will be adjusted by the Tournament Committee
to avoid this situation. The Tournament Committee will rotate the Wildcard Teams to achieve this and this will be done at the discretion of the Tournament Committee.
17. Playoff Games
All playoff games (quarter-finals, semi-finals, and finals) shall consist of three (3) twenty (20) minute stop-time periods. If a tie exists at the conclusion of regulation play, a ten (10) minute stop-time, sudden-victory overtime period will be played. If a tie still exists, the ice will be flooded and consecutive twenty (20) minute stop-time overtime periods will be played until a winner is declared. As in Round Robin play, teams will be allowed one thirty (30) second time out per game. Quarter-final losers (male) and semi-final losers (female) are eliminated from further Tournament play. Quarter-final winners (male) advance to the semi-finals. Semi-final winners advance to the Tournament Championship Games, and Semi-final losers (male) will be eliminated from further tournament play.
Protests must be filed in writing by team officials (signed by Coach and Manager) at the arena Tournament office within twenty (20) minutes after the conclusion of the game. The decision by the Tournament Rules Committee will be final and may not be protested. It should be noted that a Referee's decision is final and may not be protested unless it concerns an interpretation of the rules as outlined in the Hockey Canada rulebook.
19. All Star Game (Male Division Only)
The All Star game shall consist of three (3) fifteen (15) minute stop-time periods. As in all Tournament games, each team will be allowed one thirty (30) second time out per game. If a tie exists after regulation play, a shoot-out format will apply.
20. Television Coverage (January 1st Only)
As a condition of acceptance into the Tournament, each registered player and team official, including coaches, hereby consents to extend complete co-operation with the television media. Without restricting the definition of co-operation, it means the following: providing media access to players and coaches for interviews, permitting television lights in the dressing rooms, and the placement of live microphones on coaches during the Championship televised games. When the time for presentations has an impact on the telecast of the Championship Finals adjustments will be made to ensure all television commitments are met.