2024 Senior Chowder Cup Rules
The Chowder Cup will once again have two Divisions. One will be called the Jr. A Division with Elite Brackets within the Division, with players mostly 18-20 years old. The other will be the College Open Division with players 17-19 years old.
All players in the Jr. A Division must be born in 2004 or after. NO player born in 2003 will be allowed to participate. Eligible ages 2004–2006 (2 players born in 2007 are allowed on a Jr. A roster if you wish).
All players in the College Open Division must be born in 2005 or after. No player born in 2004 can play in the College Open Division. Eligible ages 2005 -2006. ( 5 players born in 2007 are allowed on your College Open roster if you wish).
All teams will play three games within their bracket consisting of two 25 minute stop-time periods.
All games will be played by NCAA Rules with a few exceptions.
Automatic Icing – No Hybrid
All Teams are allowed one (1) time out. No timeouts in Overtime.
Teams are allowed to change on icings.
Coincidental Minors- Teams play 5-5
If there is a delayed penalty or penalty shot and the opposing team scores that player does not have to serve the penalty.
Individual Major Penalty-If a player has been removed from the game for a five (5) minute Major Penalty, no player has to serve in the box. The team plays short a man, and when the five minutes are up, they go full strength. They just won’t have their man coming from the penalty box.
All Minor Penalties have to be served.
For any player(s) involved in a fight and removed from the rest of the game a decision will be made by the Tournament Director, the Head of Officials, and discussion with both coaches, to determine if that player will be allowed to play in his next game.
**The clock will continue to run during a fighting altercation and only allowed to be stopped within the last five minutes of a game due to referee’s discretion.
**All teams are required to have two goaltenders dressed for all games. If a team only has one goaltender dressed, the team is not penalized. However, if that goaltender is unable to continue play due to injury or otherwise, the team is NOT allowed to borrow a goaltender from the other team, from in the stands, or dress another player not in goaltenders equipment. The game would become an IMMEDIATE FORFEIT and the score will remain as it stands.
At the start of a game, if one team does not have a goaltender, the game is a FORFEIT even if the other team loans them their spare goaltender so they can have a game. And you cannot put 6 skaters on the ice. Without a goaltender, the game is over.
**All players must wear a face mask.
Junior Teams will be allowed to wear a Half-Shield if they do so in their League during the season. Any player without a Face Mask or a Half-Shield will be removed from the game.
**If you want to protest a player on another team that you feel does not belong on that team, you must let the Timer or On-Site Director know BEFORE the game begins to make a determination. Otherwise you cannot protest that player once the game begins. Once a player plays his first game with a team, that is his team for the tournament and he cannot play for anyone else. All players must play at least one game during the first three rounds with his team or he is NOT allowed to play in the playoff rounds on Sunday.
If a Coach has two teams, and brings up a player from a lower Division, that player can be challenged as well. He also can only play on one team.
How to Advance to Sunday’s Playoff Rounds:
Only the Winners of each Bracket advance. Except in the Elite Brackets of the Jr. A Division where both the first and second place teams advance
The winners of each bracket are determined in the following manner:
1. Best Record/Team with the most points.
2. Least Goals Against. For example, if two teams are tied at 2-1, the team that has the LEAST GOALS AGAINST advances. Even if you beat the team that is tied at 2-1 with you. Least Goals Against Counts First.
3. Plus/Minus Ratio- Goals For vs. Goals Against
4. Head on Competition
5. Flip a Coin
All Playoff games will consist of one (1) twenty-five minute stop-time period. If games are tied at the end of playoff rounds, a 5 minute sudden death period will take place. Teams will play in a 3 on 3 format. If nothing is resolved after 5 minutes, a shootout will take place. The shootout format will consist of the first five (5) players designated by each coach who will shoot until one team has a goal advantage. All five (5) players must shoot. If it is still tied then we will go to sudden death, if the first team scores, the second team will always get their last shot to try to tie the game. If the first team misses, and the second team scores, the game is over. You must use different shooters until there is nobody left on the bench. There is NO Sudden Death during the first three regular rounds of play.