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Adult Hockey League Rules

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Ice House Adult Hockey League Rules

Tie Breakers will be as follows:

  • Most Points
  • Head to Head Wins (If more than 2 teams are tied Head to Head will not be used.)
  • Most Regulation Wins
  • Least Goals Against
  • Most Goals For
  1. All players must register with USA Hockey and show proof of registration to the Hockey Office.
  2. The league will follow USA Hockey's new standard of play and rules enforcement. To learn about this please visit the link at the top of this page.
  3. Fighting will not be tolerated. A THREE Game suspension will be issued to the instigator of a fight. A second fighting penalty will result in automatic suspension for that player from all ice house leagues for that season and possibly beyond.  The player who fights BUT was not the instigator may face the same punishment if the game officials  deem his response overly aggressive. DO NOT FIGHT
  4. A game ejection will be assessed to a player whose conduct is deemed detrimental to the safety of other players or a travesty of the game.. A game ejection does not entail an additional game suspension. It is a method by which an individual can be removed from a game in order to diffuse a potentially dangerous situation.
  5. If a player receives 4 penalties in a game that player is ejected from that game and will receive an additional 1 game suspension. suspension. No player needs to serve that minor penalty, but the team will play shorthanded.  Double minors and misconducts count towards the total.  Delayed penalties resulting in a goal will still be recorded.
  6. A major penalty (5 minutes on the clock) will be assessed for any DELIBERATE infraction that results in an injury or is determined by an official to be so violent that  minor is deemed insufficient.
  7. A game misconduct will be issued concurrently with any major penalty. A game misconduct entails a suspension from Ice House league play in all divisions until the conclusion of the next game played in the division in which the suspension was issued. If a player plays in multiple divisions that player may miss multiple games. If you are suspended on Monday you cannot play on Tuesday.
  8. Teams do not have to put any one in the penalty box to serve a major penalty. The team will play with 4 skaters for the duration of the penalty and a fifth skater will come off the bench after the major expires.
  9. If a goaltender receives a game misconduct the officials can decide if he is to be dismissed from the game. If the officials believe that the goaltender was not the INSTIGATOR and is of no further threat he may remain in goal for the good of the game. 5 minutes will go on the clock and the goaltender will be suspended for the next game.
  10. If a player drops his/her gloves or removes his/her helmet in preparation for an altercation, that player will receive at least a game ejection even if there is no altercation.
  11.  Any player who skates under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be ejected immediately and face supplementary discipline, which may include expulsion. For safety sake, players are urged to make officials aware of these situations.
  12. In order to compete in the playoffs a player must play in half of a team’s regular season games.
  13. If a player is removed from a game that player is not to return to the arena for any reason. The player is to either remain in the locker room or leave the building. Failure to comply can only result in further disciplinary action.
  14. A suspended player is not allowed on the bench for any reason
  15. The league office will review repeat offenders and assess additional suspensions or expulsion if necessary.
  16. Players should help the referees with goals scored and who received the assists.  Please check www.icehousenj.com after each game to make sure you received credit for games played.  The Ice House Staff will not change goals and assists once the game is complete.