Rules, MD (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)




  • All games will be played by official ALLIANCE Hockey rules except when provided elsewhere as per the Championship guidelines.
  • Teams will be required to begin play up to fifteen (15) minutes prior to scheduled game time.
  • In the Championship game, the team who finished higher in the round-robin series will be the Home team.
  • Time-outs will be permitted in the Semi-Final and Championship Games not in round robin games


  • Approved Rosters and Travel Permits are required for ALL teams.
  • Team officials must check-in at the Western Fair Sportsplex Tournament Office at least one hour prior to their first game.
  • If the team does not play their first game at the Western Fair Sportsplex, then check-in must take place before their second game, regardless of where that game is played.
  • Player gifts will be at your first game.
  • Please send rosters to Justin Hoffer at [email protected]


  • If a player or team official is ordered to the dressing room for the balance of a game, further disciplinary action may be deemed necessary by the Championship Host Governing Committee.
  • In all cases, the Ontario Hockey Federation Minimum Suspension Guidelines for Minor Hockey, as approved by the Ontario Hockey Federation Board of Directors for the current season, shall be used as a guideline.
  • The Championship Host Governing Committee shall rule on all Match Penalties assessed during any game of the Championship series.
  • Any player or team official under suspension in regular season play is not eligible to participate in any game of the Championship Series until the required number of games has been served.
  • In the event the Championship Host Governing Committee holds a meeting to review a matter of discipline, the Committee shall adhere to the guidelines approved by the ALLIANCE Hockey for such matters (Protests 9.6)
  • There shall be no protest on a referee’s discretionary penalty call.
  • There shall be no protest on the outcome of the Championship game.


1.7 Tie-Breaker Round Robin

• Ties in round robin games will remain a tie with each team earning one point.

• In the event of a tie at the end of the round robin series, for any position, ALLIANCE Hockey Policy 7.0: Tie-Breaker procedure will be used to break the tie. If the
procedure reaches 7.1.4, penalty minutes from the Championship event would be calculated to break a tie.

ALLIANCE Hockey Tie Breaking Rule 7.0

In addition to ALLIANCE Hockey Rule 7.0 the following rules apply to the Semi-Final and Championship games;

Overtime Rule:

At the completion of regulation time where the game is tied, a 5 on 5, three 10 minute sudden death overtime periods will be played.  A flood will be completed at the conclusion of the first overtime period.

Shoot-Out Rule:

In the event the game is still tied at the conclusion of the three 10 minute overtime periods, the teams will commence a 3 person shoot out. In the event the game is still tied after the 3 person shoot out, each team will continue to shoot, one shooter at a time until one team gains the victory. All players must shoot prior to going back to your first shooter.



Round Robin



U9 to U11




U12 to U15




U16 to U18





Division structures

U9 Tier 1-6 teams (3) East teams in a pool (3) West teams in a pool with crossover play for round robin. Top 2 teams in each pool will move to Quarter Finals-2vs3 and 3v2. Round robin winner will have a bye into the Semi Finals. 

U9 Tier 2-(12)teams in 3 pools. Round robin play within the designated pool. The winner of each pool will meet in the quarter finals with a Wildcard team-to be determined based on overall standings

U9 Tier 3-(4) teams in single pool. Round Robin-Each team will play each other. 1st place will get a bye to the finals. 2 and 3 will play in the semis.

U10-U16 Tier 1 and Tier 2-(4) teams in single pool. Round Robin-Each team will play each other. 1st place will get a bye to the finals. 2 and 3 will play in the semis.

U18 NBC-(5) teams in single pool. Round Robin-Each team will play each other. Semi finals will be 1v4 and 2v3.

Covid protocol

We have secured enough Covid Rapid Antigen tests for the MD Championships. We encourage teams to test prior to each game. We will not be checking test results before each game.

If a team cannot meet the below minimum team composition standards then the team will forfeit their remaining game(s) and the score will be entered as a 1-0 loss:

o U15 and above: 10 skaters + 1 goaltender (refers to rostered players).

o U9 through U14: 9 skaters + 1 goaltender (refers to rostered Players).