E9 and BHL Qualifying Week 1!
BOSTON HOCKEY LEAGUE
2022-23 Qualifying Rules

Tournament Rules: 

  • All playing rules will follow USA Hockey rules
  • 2009 Divisions will play NO CHECKING
  • Anyone assessed a game misconduct penalty is required to sit their next tourney/play-in game.
  • Penalty Breakdown in all divisions: Minor 2:00 min, Major 5:00 min, Misc 10:00 min.

 

Player Eligibility, Requirements:

  • All players must be listed on the team's USA roster in order to be eligible to play in the Elite 9 or BHL qualifying.
  • Any player who plays for a team in any of the Elite 9 or BHL qualifying games must then compete in 75% of that team's regular season games in order to be eligible for playoffs.
  • Any team that has a player that fails to meet the minimum game requirement of 75% after playing in any of that team's Elite 9 or BHL qualifying games will be excluded from the playoffs and will be expelled from both the Elite 9 and BHL for the subsequent season.
     

Game Procedures:

  • All games will play 3-15 minute periods. 
  • Each team will be allowed one 1:00 minute time out per game.
  • Overtime - there will be no overtime in qualifying games other than the four E9 Play-In Divisions outlined below.
  • The following E9 Qualifying Divisions will play overtime in all Week 1 Tied Games
    • 2009 – E9 Qualifier Only all Games Week 1
    • 2011 - E9 Qualifier Only all Games Week 1
    • 2013 - E9 Qualifier Only all Games Week 1
    • 2014 - E9 Qualifier Only all Games Week 1

 

OVERTIME Procedures:
For the E9 Qualifier Divisions above, a Winner is necessary in all games!  In the event of a tie at the end of regulation, the following Overtime procedure should be followed:

  1. One 5 minute stopped time sudden death period played 5 on 5 (plus goalies). If still tied, move to step 2.

    2. One 20 minute stopped time sudden death 3 on 3 plus goalies. If a penalty is taken, the teams play 4 on 3. If a 2nd penalty is taken before the first penalty expires, the on-ice strength will be 5 on 3. At no time will a team have fewer than 3 skaters on the ice during the OT period. Once penalties have expired play will revert to 3 on 3 at the next stoppage of play. If still tied, continue repeating Step 2 until there is winner!

 

E9 Qualifying Tie Breaking Rules:

TIE-BREAKING RULES TO DETERMINE STANDINGS POSITION after round robin games:


If two or more teams have an equal number of points, their position in the standings shall be determined by the following tie-breaking format. If one tie-breaker establishes a position for one or more teams, each team is placed in the applicable position. Once one or more teams are placed by a tie breakerany remaining tied teams shall start the tie-breaking process over again at step 1. (If all tied teams have not played each other, then proceed to step 2. Note: a team may go into the tie-breaking process having defeated another of the tied teams and still not advance).

The tie-breaker formulas are as follows:

  1. The results of the head-to-head games played between the tied teams in the following order:
    a.  Most points. (in head to head games between all tied teams)
    b.  Most wins. (in head to head games between all tied teams)
    c.  Goal Differential (in head to head games between all tied teams)
    d.  Fewest Goals Against (in head to head games between all tied teams)
  2. If after applying the formulas of 1 a, b, c, d the tie still exists, the results of ALL the games played by the teams tied in the following order:
    a.  Most Points
    b.  Most Wins
    c.  Goal Differential
    d.  Fewest Goals Against
  3. If above procedure does not break the tie, a coin toss will be used.