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Participation: (PDF version)

Each team must be registered with USA Hockey or CAHA. Other foreign teams need to be approved through USA Hockey. Foreign teams need travel permits. Each team must provide the Tournament Committee with proof of such registration, including individual team members registered during the team check-in. A credential committee will check all necessary documents before each team's first game. Any variation from credentials will result in team or player not playing without approval from appropriate Minnesota Hockey individual (District Director).


Only USA registered referees will be allowed to officiate. All referee decisions are final.

Play of the game:

All games will be played according to USA Hockey rules, as amended by Minnesota Hockey rules, as amended by District 16 rules, as modified by the Bemidji Youth Hockey Association.

Score book:

The Tournament Committee or its appointed workers will keep the official score book. Only members of the committee or its workers will be allowed in the scorekeeper's box.

Team Roster:

Each team will furnish a team roster and starting lineup to the official scorekeeper at least ten (10) minutes prior to the start of each game. A maximum of twenty (20) players will be allowed on the roster. A team is allowed to have only three (3) coaches on the bench, and all coaches need the appropriate education/certification (if USA Hockey Teams). Managers, stick boys, etc. are not allowed on the bench.

Home Team:

All teams listed first are home team and will wear light jerseys. If team has only one color, please advise at time of team check-in.

Dressing Rooms:

Locker rooms will not be available. The Team Managers or Coaches must report to the arena supervisor ten (10) minutes before the scheduled game time to complete game sheets.

Rules of the Game:

Penalties:Minor – 2:00; Major – 5:00; Misconduct – 10:00. Should a player obtain a total of five (5) penalties during the play of any game, the player will be ejected from that game and the team's next game.
Fighting:A five (5) minute major will be assessed plus a game suspension and tournament suspension. Suspension will be reported in writing to the player's respective association for further disciplinary action should it be required.
End of Game:Upon completion of the game, the winning team (if tied game – the home team) must retire to the bench until the visiting team has cleared the ice.
Improper Behavior: Improper behavior by anyone will result in removal from the arena and/or tournament. Any abusive language or conduct towards game officials by players, coaches, managers, or parents will result in a minor penalty plus game misconduct. If occurring after the end of game, that player will be out for all of the next game.


Each team must provide its own insurance coverage. The tournament, its officials, the arena facilities, and all personnel connected with it shall not be held liable for any injuries sustained during the tournament. Each team should bring with them a verification of insurance coverage. No team will be permitted to play without proof of insurance.


The tournament committee's decision will be final in any and all matters not covered in the above.


A Physician, Nurse, First Responder, Certified Athletic Trainer, Athletic Student Trainer, or Emergency Medical Technician will be in attendance at all games.

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