2020 Finland Exchange Tournament Rules

Haverford Skatium
1002 Darby Rd #3616, Havertown, PA 19083

April 9, 10 and 11, 2020

I. Eligibility

a. All US Teams must be registered with USA Hockey. A copy of the USA Hockey Roster must be provided to the tournament director at least two weeks prior to the tournament. 

b. Foreign teams must obtain appropriate documentation from their local federation.

c. The tournament is open to Pee Wee AA, A, and B teams (12U). No out of age range players will be allowed, except as permitted by the team’s governing body.

d. Teams must be available to play on Thursday, April 9.


II. Playing Rules

a. USA Hockey rules govern all play.

b. No body checking is permitted at any time.

c. Teams must be prepared to play 30 minutes prior to their assigned ice slot.

d. Periods will be 15 minutes each.

e. A three-minute warm-up before all games.

f. Running clock third period when there is a goal differential of six or more goals at the beginning or during the third period.

g. Penalties will be assessed as follows:

i. Minor penalty – 2 minutes

ii. Major Penalty 5 minutes

iii. Misconduct – 10 minutes

h. Any player receiving four penalties in a game will be ineligible to play the remainder of that game.

i. Each team must place someone in the penalty box to assist the players with entering and exiting the penalty box.

j. No protest of playing rules shall be permitted.


III. Tournament Structure

a. The tournament will be divided into three divisions AA, A and B. There will be four teams in each division.

b. The National Anthems of Finland and The United States will be played for all games between a Viikingit team and an American team. No National Anthem before games consisting of two American teams. Players are to line up on their respective blue lines with helmets removed facing the scoreboard at the main entrance.

c. Each team will play three round-robin games.

d. The first and second place teams in the round-robin will play in a championship game for the tournament title.

e. Two points will be awarded for a round-robin win, one point for a tie, and zero points for a loss. The teams will be ranked by the number of points earned.

f. If two teams are tied with the same number of points, the tiebreaker will be as follows:

i. Head-to-head result

ii. Highest goal differential (goals for minus goals against)

iii. Highest goal ratio (goals for divided by goals against)

g. If three teams are tied, there can be no head-to-head tiebreaker, so the following will be used

i. Highest goal differential (goals for minus goals against) in games among the three teams

ii. Highest goal ratio (goals for divided by goals against) in games among the three teams

iii. Highest goal differential in all games

iv. Highest goal ratio in all games

v. If i through iv do not produce a winner among all three teams, then the head-to=head result among the two leading teams in the first tiebreaker that eliminates one team will break the tie, having eliminated the third team.


IV. Championship Games

a. Recognition will be given to the Championship winners and the runners-up

b. If the championship game is tied at the end of regulation, there will be sudden death overtime, as follows:

    • Three minutes stop time five-on-five
    • Three minutes stop time four-on-four
    • Three minutes stop time three-on-three
    • Five player shootout

Goaltenders do not change ends during the overtime periods or shootouts. Time-outs are not permitted during the overtime periods.

c. Any unexpired penalty incurred in the third period will carry over into the overtime period. Any unexpired penalty incurred in an overtime period will carry over into the next overtime period.

d. If a penalty is assessed during the four-on-four overtime, the penalty shall be carried over to the three-on-three overtime as follows:

i. Three-on-three overtime shall begin as four-on-three to maintain the power play.

ii. At the expiration of the penalty, the teams shall play four-on-four.

iii. At the first stoppage after the power play ends, the play will resume as three-on-three.

iv. If a major or minor penalty is assessed when that team is already shorthanded, then a penalty shot shall be awarded to the non-offending team. The shooter is to be chosen by the coach from the players on the ice. If the penalty shot is not successful, the offending player must serve the full time of the penalty, but the team may replace the penalized player on the ice. This does not apply when coincidental penalties are assessed.

e. If a penalty is assessed in a three-on-three situation:

i. The player shall be given ten-minute misconduct and will not be permitted to participate in the shoot-out.

ii. If a bench minor is assessed during a three on three, a penalty shot is awarded to the non-offending team.

iii. If a goalie receives a penalty during a three on three, a penalty shot is awarded to the non-offending team.

iv. If a second penalty is assessed in a three-on-three situation the non-offending team will be awarded a penalty shot. The penalized player shall be given ten-minute misconduct and will not be permitted to participate in the shoot-out.

f. If at the end of the three overtime periods a tie still exists, there shall be a shoot- out.

i. Five players from each team shall participate. The winner is based on total
goals scored after all players have had their turn.

ii. The visiting team will shoot first.

iii. If still tied after the first round, there shall be a sudden death shootout.

Teams may use the same shooters from the first round shoot out, or others at the coach’s option.

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