HockeyFest - Game On! will follow the most recent Hockey Canada Ice Hockey rules with the following exceptions:


  1. Roster

    1. U9 will be able to roster a maximum of 9 total players, including 1 goalie

      1. 2 additional players can be added for an extra fee​ per player

    2. For the U11 ages and up there will be a maximum of 7 total players, including 1 goalie


    3. U9 – Games will be played 4 on 4 + goalie.  If in the odd chance your goalie does not show up, players will be allowed to play with 1 extra player and an empty net

    4. U11 and up – Games will be played 3 on 3 + goalie.  If in the odd chance your goalie does not show up, players will be allowed to play with 1 extra player and an empty net.

    5. Official rosters must be submitted by the designated registration date.  After that no substitutions or roster additions will be allowed, unless in the case of injury. If a player is injured and can no longer play, a substitute may be added up to 7 players on their roster. The injured player will no longer be able to participate in the remainder of the tournament. 

    6. Teams are eligible to challenge the opposing team’s roster. Challenges must be done before the start of the second half. If the team who challenges is wrong, a penalty shot will occur at the start of the second period for the opposing team. If the team challenged is playing with an illegal roster, the game will result in a forfeit for the team challenged. 

    7. All teams must carry copies of their birth certificates or ID’s in case of a roster/age challenge  

    8. A player may play on multiple rosters as long as the players teams are not in the same division. 

  2. Game times/starting games

    1.  Games will consist of two 15-minute halves with a 2 minute intermission

    2. Teams will be required to switch sides after half.

    3. During round robin play there will be a coin flip to determine which team picks their starting end. In playoffs the team who finished higher in the standings will get to choose their starting end.

    4. A game will be considered a forfeit if a team does not show up within 10 minutes of the designated start time. Teams will have to have a minimum of 3 players to play. The team who was on time will receive a penalty shot to start the game. Forfeiting will result in a 5-0 loss for the forfeiting team.

    5.  If games are running behind, teams are required to stay within the designated area around their rink as games will start immediately following the previous game

    6. Each game will consist of two face offs. One at the beginning of the first half and one at the beginning of the second half.

    7. In the case of inclement weather (thunder and lightning), Hockey Fest will follow a 30 minute rule: For every lightning strike there will be a 30 minute delay before play is to resume.  Players are asked to stay onsite during delays. Updates will be announced over the PA system, as well as through push messages on the mobile app.

  3. Playing format

    1. There is absolutely ZERO tolerance and any excessive behavior will result in automatic suspension from the remainder of the tournament. 

    2. For U15 and above, a high sticking is called if a player’s stick has contact with a ball/puck above the crossbar. The play will then be blown dead and the ball/puck will be given to the opposing team at the location that the high sticking occurred. 

    3. For U13 and under, a high sticking is called if a player’s stick has contact with a ball/puck above a player’s shoulders. The play will then be blown dead and the ball will be given to the opposing team at the location that the high sticking occurred. 

    4. If a ball/puck goes out of the playing area, the team that last touched the ball loses possession, and the opposite team gets the ball at the location it left play.  When the ball is brought back into play the team with possession must be given 3 meters or up to 5 seconds to make a play on the ball. After 5 seconds has elapsed the opposing team will be allowed to go after the ball.

    5. Goalies must be in contact with their crease in order to cover the ball/puck. Once a ball/puck has been covered, the covering team must be given 3 meters or up to 5 seconds to make a play on the ball/puck.  After 5 seconds has elapsed the opposing team will be allowed to go after the ball/puck.

    6. Face-offs will only occur at the start of each half and will always take place at centre ice.

    7. Once a goal has been scored, the opposing team must fully clear half before attacking. The ball/puck is live immediately once scored on.

    8.  If a game ends in a tie, each team will pick 3 shooters to shoot in a round robin style shoot out. If the game is still tied after 3 shooters, it will immediately go into a sudden death shoot out. Teams must fully go through the roster before repeating shooters. For co-ed divisions, 1 in every 3 shooters must be female. Coin flip will decide who shoots first. ​​

    9. In playoffs, if a game ends in a tie there will be a 5 minute sudden de​ath over time. If it is still tied after overtime, it will continue into the shootout format. 

    10. If a team is winning by 10 goals at any point in the second half, a mercy rule will be implemented and the game will be over.  

    11. No slap shots will be allowed in any division. A slap shot is defined as a wind-up where the blade of the players stick goes above their waist.  If a slap shot is taken it will result in an immediate possession for the opposing team.

    12. Each team is allowed 1, thirty second, time out per game. In order to call a time-out, the team must have full possession of the ball/puck. 

    13. Referees will stop any play that results in contact between opposing players for more than 3 seconds. If referee cannot determine who had possession, face off at centre ice will be the result. 

  4. Penalties

    1. If a penalty is called, a penalty shot will be immediately awarded to the non-penalized team.  When a penalty shot is being taken, the players who are not shooting must stand on the opposite side of half from which the shot is being taken. Any player on the roster is allowed to take the penalty shot. Once the penalty shot is completed, defending team has possession in their end zone for 5 seconds (up to red line) before opposing team can attack.

    2. Any player who receives 3 player on player penalties in a game will be ejected. This does not include slap shot penalty shots. If a player is ejected due to penalties, the team must play short-handed for the remainder of the game.  If 2 players from the same team are ejected from the game, your team then forfeits resulting in a 5-0 win for the opponent.

    3. Any player involved in a fight will be ejected from both the game and the tournament.  A fight is considered any excessive pushing or shoving, or punches thrown. 

    4. Any excessive body contact will not be tolerated. If this occurs, it will be recognized as a penalty and an immediate penalty shot will be rewarded for the opposing team.

  5. Equipment

    1. U15 and under – Players are required to wear helmets with eye protection.  Eye protection must fit firmly around the eyes and be able to protect against high sticking and balls. A hockey helmet with full cage as well as gloves is recommended.

    2. Goalies are required to have full equipment including full-face mask, goalie stick, blocker and trapper. 

    3. Hockey sticks will be the only type of stick permitted (no floor ball/broom ball/etc). Sticks must also be fully intact. Broken sticks will be removed by the referee at their discretion.

    4. On ice, players are required to wear helmet (with cage/face covering under 18), gloves (lacrosse or hockey) and skates. 

  6. Coaches/Parents

    1. Teams in the U13 and below will be allowed to have 1 coach or parent on the bench with them during the game.  All other spectators are asked to watch from the rink ends or opposite to the benches.

    2. HockeyFest-GameOn is a family friendly environment that does not tolerate any swearing, heckling or abuse of any kind towards tournament officials, referees, volunteers or other tournament participants.  Anyone who violates this rule will be asked to leave the premises.

  7. Miscellaneous

    1. Each team is required to bring a back up set of alternative colour jerseys/t-shirts 

    2. Once a team has been registered, no refunds will be given.

    3. No player substitutions will be allowed, max 7 players per roster including goalie in full gear. 


With our Premiere announcing the Sudbury District moving into CODE ORANGE of reopening, we have been given the green light to bring back HockeyFest with strict COVID-19 restrictions implemented. 


With this limit, HockeyFest Game On! has implemented many restrictions/adaptations that will allow for a safe and responsible return to play such as the following:


  • A maximum safe capacity for the facility has been determined and is monitored

  • HockeyFest will operate in various pods of rinks to ensure social distancing matters are in place (physical distancing of at least 2 metres) 

    • Each team will be designated to a specific rink and will not be able to transfer to others ​

  • We will divide our league into divisions (groups) of 50 or fewer players and the league does not permit teams in different groups or leagues to play against one another

    • Certain pods will be designate solely to specific leagues so overlapping does not occur

  • Each pod will have its own hand sanitizing stations

  • Washrooms on site will be cleaned hourly

  • There will be a distance of 30 feet between each set up rink

  • Signage is posted throughout facility to address the importance of: physical distancing, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, mandatory face covering requirements, and other general COVID-19 information

  • Staff will be in attendance monitoring traffic flow

  • Rinks will be placed accurately to ensure adequate space is available between games

  • In order to complete all guaranteed games, HockeyFest will begin the tournament Friday and run until Sunday evening rather than the typical Saturday/Sunday format

    • Friday 10am – 9pm, Saturday 8am-8pm, Sunday 8am-5pm

  • Games will be staggered to prevent crowding

    • Game times will be moved from the original time of every 45 minutes to every 60 minutes to allow adequate time between games for staff to sanitize high contact areas and teams to warm up

  • Spectators and fans can only enter their designated game pod 15 minutes ahead of their scheduled game time, and must exit the event site immediately following their game

  • Masks will be recommended under the Covid-19 restrictions

  • Push messaging will be utilized via our software as well as PA announcements to remind parents/spectators/players to sanitize often, social distance and wear masks where mandatory

  • Masks are worn by staff and patrons upon entering and leaving the facility and in any space where physical distancing may be difficult

  • Referees will be under strict instruction to remind players to that any prolonged contact will be prohibited

  • High-touch areas will be cleaned and disinfected between all games or hourly (e.g., rink boards, water fountains, tap handles, door handles, etc.)

  • Contact information for all participants will be recorded for contract tracing

  • We will ensure all activities are conducted in a manner that maintains physical distancing guidelines and upholds public health measures


Unfortunately, with the limited gathering restrictions, at this time we will not be able to operate any extra curricular activities such as our interactive games and inflatables.


With this being said we are very excited and grateful to have HockeyFest back and offer a outdoor experience for all ages and levels to participate in.


We promise to do our part in acting responsibly and adhering to the safety guidelines and measures in order to prioritize the safety of the public, our participants, fans and staff as progress in the fight against COVID19.

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