Game Rules and Regulations


Specific Showcase rules and regulations are outlined below. If a situation arises that is not specifically covered, then USA Hockey Rules and Regulations apply. All decisions by the tournament director are final.

  1. Verification that all participating teams are properly registered with USA Hockey or their country’s federation is required prior to the start of the tournament. A USA Hockey Official Team Roster Form (1-T) approved by the District or Associate Registrar or Hockey Canada Certified Player Roster approved by the governing Canadian federation is required for all participating teams and shall be proof that all participating teams are properly registered and all participants are playing in the appropriate age classification and level
  2. Any discrepancies with what is recorded in the game scoring system will be addressed as per the score sheet change request process detailed on the SuperSeries AAA website at
  3. Rosters: Only players (including goaltenders) listed on the official tournament team roster may play in tournament games. Players can only be rostered on one (1) team and will NOT be allowed to play for multiple teams, regardless of what division the teams are in. Please note that NO players can be added to the roster at game time. No combining of teams/players or substitutions will be accepted. Note that in the event of a player injury, or other urgent need (e.g. emergency goalie), substitute player eligibility will be determined and reviewed for approval on a case-by-case basis.
  4. Home and visiting teams are indicated on the tournament schedule. Home teams shall wear light-colored jerseys and socks. Visitors will wear dark jerseys and socks. All jerseys must have a player number clearly displayed. Taped numbers or players without numbers will not be permitted to participate.
  5. Mouth Guards: All players in the tournament are required to wear a colored, non-clear (Rule 304F) mouth guards (Squirt players excepted as per USA Hockey), or as per their Organization’s directive (per out of country teams).
  6. Penalty/Box Attendant: Each team is responsible to provide its own penalty box monitor or attendant.
  7. Penalty times will be as follows: Minor 2:00 minutes, Major 5:00 minutes, Misconduct 10:00 minutes
  8. Game Lengths: Players should be ready to play 15 minutes before the posted start time of a game.
    1. Each event is specific to game lengths for the entire tournament. (Exception: the final game may be different).
    2. For Showcase/ Tournaments, teams play 3 x 15-minute periods, unless otherwise determined. U16 and u18 teams will play 3 x 15-minute periods with an ice cut after every 2 periods, or 2 x 25-minute halves with an ice cut between the 1st and 2nd half. For EES events, teams will play 3 x 17 min periods unless otherwise determined.
    3. In the event a game may run past the allotted duration (75 min or 90 min), the scorekeeper will adjust the game clock to the allotted time left in the 3rd period.
  9. Warm-up period: three (3) minutes.
  10. Period Break: There will be a one (1) minute break between each period.
  11. It is the responsibility of the coach to ensure their team is ready to go at the start of each period and the sound of buzzer after timeouts
  12. Time Out: One 30-second time out is permitted per team per game
  13. Showcase-style events do not require a tie-breaker format. If games end up in a tie, each team will be awarded a point.
  14. Tie games for tournament-style events only: If the game ends in a tie, each team will be awarded a point in round-robin play. For ties in the quarterfinals, semi-finals, or finals in tournament-style format only, the game will proceed to a 5 minute, 3 on 3 OT. If teams remain tied at the end of the 5 minute, 3 on 3 OT, teams will proceed to a 3-man shootout. Each team will select three (3) players to participate in the shootout.
    1. Eligible players:
      1. If a player is serving a penalty, he is unable to participate in the shootout
      2. Once a player shoots, he/she is no longer eligible to participate until every player on the bench (excluding goaltenders, players serving penalties, and/or players that are injured} has shot at least once.
      3. The home team shoots last in each round.
      4. Once all six (6) players have finished their attempts (3 players per team), the team with the most goals is declared the winner.
      5. If, after all six (6) players have finished their attempts, the game remains tied, each team will start the second round by selecting one (1) player who has not yet participated in the shootout.
      6. The shootout will then proceed one player at a time with each team having an equal number of turns.
      7. During the second round and beyond, the team that scores first, with the other failing to score, is declared the winner.
  15. All divisions will be scored per game as follows:
    1. Two (2) points for a win
    2. One (1) point for a tie
    3. Zero (0) points for a loss
  16. The following tie-breaker formulas will be used to determine the order of finish (seeding) after bracket play in a tie-breaker situation:
    1. Most wins overall
    2. Head to-head competition (direct play between two tied teams)
    3. Goal differential (GF-GA)
    4. Fewest goals allowed overall
    5. Lowest total penalty minutes
    6. Coin toss
  17. Any forfeited games will be recorded as a 3-0 score.
  18. The maximum goal differential attainable per game is+/- 7.
  19. Mercer Rule: If, at the beginning of the third period, or at any time during the third period, a team is ahead by five goals or more the clock will go to running time. If the difference is reduced to three goals the clock will revert to stop time.
  20. On Ice Altercations: If a game is interrupted by on-ice fighting between players and /or bench staff, then the clock will continue to run. Games times will not be restored until the whistle has blown on the play that immediately follows the on-ice fight. Minutes lost will not be restored.



SuperSeries AAA follows the USA Hockey SafeSport guidelines for its events and members. Per USA Hockey policy, all rostered players, coaches, and volunteers must be screened with an active USA Hockey membership and SafeSport certification. All SafeSport incidents will be handled in conjunction with USA Hockey or the event’s governing body.