- Minimize Overall Cost
- No gate fees
- Ice, referee and time keeper costs spread evenly across participating teams
- No overhead costs
- Maximize Efficiency
- Two (2) games per day
- Two (2) nights in a hotel (when possible)
- Games scheduled early in the afternoon and evening (allows for morning arrivals)
- Maximize Playing Time
- Guaranteed six (6) games *
- 15 or 17-minute periods
- Maximize Competition
- Participation is generally restricted to the top 25 teams in the United States and Canada according to MYHockeyRankings.com with priority given to the top 20 AAA teams. Teams should be Tier I for the 18U, 16U, 14U, and 12U age divisions.*
* Dependent on the tournament format; in 5-team and 10-team formats, two teams play five games.
* Top Tier II teams will be given consideration based on the discretion of the Commissioner.