Winter Classic Tournament Rules (Orangeville Tigers Girls Hockey)

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10th Annual Orangeville Tigers

Winter Classic Tournament

February 4 – 6, 2022

Sanction # 2122081




Tournament activities will adhere to ALL Federal, Provincial, Municipal, Public Health Unit requirements, as well as all OWHA Return to Hockey Protocols, current by-laws, rules, regulations and policies. 

Covid -19 policies MUST be followed as per facility guidelines.   MASKS MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES





  1. OWHA and Hockey Canada Rules shall apply in addition to those as listed below.  Decisions of the Tournament Committee are final.


  1. All Teams MUST have one member of the coaching staff check in a minimum of one hour before the scheduled start time of their first game at the Alder Street Recreation Centre. You must present a paper copy of your OWHA 2021-2022 Official DS Team roster.  A maximum of 17 players per team can play in a game.  Pick-up players are not allowed in DS tournaments and therefore OWHA call up forms are not accepted at DS tournaments.


3.     Paper game sheets will be used for the tournament. 

Teams must supply labels for the gamesheets.

Please bring at least 6 sets of labels (3 labels per game).

Only the Head Coach or the Manager will be required to sign the game sheet prior to each game.


Suspensions being served by players or team officials must be recorded on the game sheets beside their name   (Example:  Serving 1 of 3)


  1. Players must be registered with the OWHA. 




  1. All teams MUST be available to play 20 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of any game. 

            One set of car keys is required in order to obtain a dressing room key at the Registration desk

            prior to your scheduled game.  NO EXCEPTIONS

            Teams are responsible for leaving the dressing rooms clean after use. 

            Teams are requested to vacate the dressing room 20 minutes or less after their game.

            No team meetings are permitted to be held in the dressing rooms.

            Please advise tournament officials if there are any problems when you enter a dressing room.


  1. Home Teams must wear light colored jerseys. In the event of a conflict, the Home Team must change their jerseys. Visiting Teams must advise the opposing team of any conflict 30 minutes prior to game time. 


  1. Teams are guaranteed 4 games. All games will consist of 3 periods (10 minutes-10 minutes-12 minutes) stop time. If during Round Robin games the goal spread at any time of the third period reaches 5 goals, the clock will run until the spread is reduced to 3 goals, at which time stop time will resume. There will be no curfew on games unless there is an unforeseen circumstance that delays play. The Tournament Committee may need to and will give both teams plenty of warning in a curfew situation. 






4.     There will be a 3 minute warm-up prior to each game. Game officials will give teams a warning buzzer or whistle with one minute remaining in the warm-up to prompt them to be ready for puck drop. Time keepers will then post 10 minutes on the clock at the start of each game.  Game officials reserve the right to start the clock if teams are not ready for puck drop. In that occurrence the clock will not stop until the first whistle of the game. 


  1. There will be one flood prior to each game.


  1. The OWHA minimum suspension guidelines will be strictly enforced according to the OWHA 2018-2019 Constitution, By-laws, and Regulations & Rules.


  1. Teams will NOT shake hands after each game due to Covid-19 protocols.


  1. Round Robin format:  no overtime or time-outs in Round Robin play



  1. Teams will be awarded 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 (zero) points for a loss.



  1. Standings after Round Robin play will be calculated on the basis of points awarded as per Rule #10.  In the event of a tie, the following criteria will be used to break the tie:

a)    Winner between tied teams when they played Head to Head. (Applies to 2 way ties only, 3 or more teams tied start with tie breaker 10b)

b)    Goal percentage as calculated by dividing team’s total “Goals For” by the SUM of the team’s “Goals For and Goals Against”. TGF/(GF+GA)=%.

c)    Fewest goals against.

d)    Most goals for.

e)    Fewest penalty minutes.

f)      Coin toss.

g)    Following the tie breaking rules in order.  Once a tie breaking rule has been used or is not applicable it cannot be used again.


Tournament Format (all rankings based on rule 10 and 11 above)


4 Team Divisions:

Each team will play a three game Round Robin. The 1st place and 2nd place teams will play in the Championship game. The 3rd place and 4th place teams will play in the bronze medal game.



5 Team Divisions:

Each team will play a four game Round Robin. The 1st place team will receive a bye and play in the Championship game. The 2nd and 3rd place teams will play in a semi-final game. The winner will play in the Championship game and the loser will receive the bronze medal.


6 Team Divisions:

Each team plays three round robin games upon completion of which teams are ranked 1 through 6. The top two teams will receive a bye to the semi-final round. The remaining four will play an elimination game (3rd vs. 6th and 4th vs. 5th). The winners will advance to play the 1st and 2nd place teams in a semi-final with winners going for gold and unsuccessful teams going for Bronze. 


8 Team Divisions:

There are 2 Pools of 4 teams. After teams are ranked from round robin play they will play a cross over elimination game. 1st Pool A vs. 3rd Pool B, 2nd Pool A vs. 4th Pool B and vice versa. The four winners will advance to the semi-final round. The winners of the semi-final games will play in the Championship game. The unsuccessful teams in Semi-finals will play in the Bronze medal game.








Overtime Information


  1. All Elimination, Semi-final, and Medal games are played to a winner.  Round Robin games can end in a tie.


  1. One 30-second timeout will be allowed for each team during Semi-final, and Medal games only.  There is no timeout in Round Robin Games. Time outs can be saved and used in either overtime period.



  1. In the event of a tie at the end of regulation time, a five-minute sudden-victory overtime will commence (first goal wins). Teams will play 3 on 3 and a goalie (unless one or both teams are serving a penalty).  At no time will there be less than 3 players and a goalie per team on the ice.  Goalies can be pulled in this 5 -minute overtime for an extra player.


If still tied, a shootout will commence.  Each team must designate 5 shooters (#1, #2, #3, #4, #5) on the game sheet prior to the start of the game.  Any player serving a penalty at the end of the overtime period will NOT be eligible to participate in the shootout.  All players, except shooters and Goalies will be on the bench.  Once a player has shot, they will proceed to the penalty box.  Shooters from both teams will shoot simultaneously until all ten shooters have gone (if necessary).  Total goals after the first 5 shooters from each team have gone will determine the winner. 


If still tied after the 5 designated shooters, a sudden-victory shoot out will commence.  First shooter to score when the simultaneous shooter doesn’t is the winner.  A shooter may not shoot again for a second time until all players on the game sheet (except Goalies and players serving a penalty) have shot.  Teams do not change ends for Overtime or Shoot outs.










  1. Due to Municipal and Insurance regulations, at no time are players or spectators allowed on the ice without a helmet.


  1. The Tournament Coordinators reserve the right to distribute awards off the ice in another location at their discretion.  This is to ensure we adhere to time constraints.



Revised:  November 17, 2021