BMHL Rules & Regulations

BMHL Rules and Regulations


BMHL games are conducted in accordance with:

1. Hockey Canada rules
2. OMHA rules
3. BMHL Rules and Regulations


Players will not be allowed to play unless dressed in all of the properly fitted, approved hockey equipment as follows:

Hockey skates
Mouth guards
Shin guards
Hockey pants
Athletic cup
Hockey gloves
Elbow pads
Shoulder pads
Neck protector (BNQ)
Helmet with full face protection (CSA)

Goaltenders are required to wear the equivalent goaltender equipment.

Mouth guards are mandatory for all players. (One warning to the team; If not worn properly. Misconduct penalties for subsequent violations and for not wearing one at all).

Any player who attempts to play without proper and full equipment will be required to leave the ice surface immediately. The player may return to the game only when properly equipped.  Returning to the game without being properly equipped will result in a game ejection and a two minute delay of game penalty to be served by another player.

Properly fitted and secured helmets are critical to the wellbeing of players. Parents and coaches are required to ensure that each player’s helmet if correctly fitted and secured. Any player with an improperly secured (ie loose chin strap) helmet will be removed from play by the referee, and will not be permitted to rejoin the game until the problem is corrected. No penalty will be assessed.

Length of Games:



60 Minute run time


60 Minute run time

Novice, Atom and Peewee:

15mm run time.
No overtime for regular season games

Bantam and Midget:

10 mm stop time
No overtime for regular season games

Team Balancing:

To the extent possible, teams in each division will be equal in overall ability, which may require player changes between teams from time to time. The decision to “trade” players between teams rests with the Executive Board whose decision is final. The Executive Board will attempt to accommodate player requests to the extent possible, however the priority is to balance teams.


1.Coaches are appointed at the discression of the Executive Board.
2. No one is permitted on the ice or on the bench without the approval of the referee or convenor or the Executive Board.
3. Coachs are permitted on the ice for Mites, Tykes and Novice unless otherwise directed by the referees.
4. Coaches on the ice must wear helmets at all times.
5. Coaches are responsible for the conduct of their players on the ice and in the dressing rooms.
6. A maximum of three (3) coaching staff are allowed on each bench.


1. All players should be in their dressing rooms 20 minutes before game time, and must be there  fully dressed 10 minutes before game.
2. Parents and visitors should be out of the dressing room 5 minutes prior to game time
3. Teams waiting to go on the ice must remain in the dressing room until the prior game is over and players have cleared both the ice, the bench area and hallways
4. Players are not to step onto the ice surface during clearing or flooding until the Zamboni has left the ice and the end doors are completely closed.


1.Body checking has been banned at all age levels. Any player intentionally using their body to check an Opponent, shall be assessed a minimum of a two minute minor penalty.

2.  Body contact (hitting) from behind or checking a player into the boards in such a way that he cannot protect himself will result in a major penalty. If the player sustains an injury, the penalty will be a game misconduct. No minor penalty will be called under this rule.

3.  If an attacking player makes contact with the goaltender after the goalie has frozen the puck, the resulting face-off shall take place at either face-off spot immediately outside the defending team’s blue line.

4.  Hitting an opponent with the stick above his/her shoulders will result in an automatic 5 minute major. If there is a resulting injury, the penalty is a game misconduct.

5.  A five-minute major penalty plus a MATCH PENALTY will be assessed for fighting, spearing, butt-ending or spitting.

6.  Slashing is a minor or major penalty at the discretion of the Referee. If there is an injury, the penalty will be a major and game misconduct.

7.  Contact after the whistle has blown stopping play will result in a minor or major penalty at the discretion of the Referee.

8. Slap shots have been banned. Slap shots are an automatic 2 minute minor. (Slap shot is stick  above the waist).




2. Every player must be on the ice at least every third shift and no more often than every second shift.

3. All 5 players should be changed at the same time. If done during play, it may be done gradually but all 5 should be changed.

4. All players must be used to the same extent to fill in for those absent. Constant use of strong players every second shift and weak players every third shift is not permitted.

5.Shifts should be roughly the same duration and should be limited to a maximum of 2 minutes

6. Players may not be used out of regular rotation nor may the normal length of the shifts be changed towards the end of a game.

7. When a goaltender is removed during play, the goaltender MUST be replaced by a player who would be on the ice for the next shift, and who has not already received extra shifts in the game.

8. If a player on the ice is injured and must come off before the normal line change, the player should be replaced by the player’s alternate in that position who would follow the player in the normal line rotation. If the injured player is unable to return to the game, the two normal alternatesin that position (if 2 normally) will be rotated to the end of the game.

9. Abuse of the intent of the equal ice time rule will, at the Convenor’s discretion, result in a 2 minute bench penalty to be served by the player receiving the extra ice time.

10. House League play is not an opportunity for the Coach to “showcase” select players. All players must get equal ice time regardless of ability.

11. The philosophy of equal ice time applies at all times. This is most important to the BMHL Coaches are required to adhere to this philosophy. There is a fairly set pattern for line shifts which Coaches should attempt to use, as follows:

16 Players

1 Goalie
3 Forward Lines
3 Defense Lines

15 Players

1 Goalie
3 Forward Lines
5 Defense Players Rotating
1&2, 3&4, 5&1, 2&3, 4&5, etc.

 14 Players

1 Goalie
3 Forward Lines
2 Defense Lines

13 Players

1 Goalie
6 Wingers, 2 Centres
2 Defense Lines

12 Players

1 Goalie
2 Forward Lines
5 Defense Players Rotating
1&2, 3&4, 5&1, 2&3, 4&5, etc

11 Players

1 Goalie
2 Forward Lines
2 Defense Lines


Types of Penalties:

MINOR PENALTIES: Two minutes running time from the drop of the puck. Offending player will return to the ice should his team be scored on while his team is short-handed because of the penalty. In the divisions that utilize the buzzer system for line changes a minor penalty ends on the earlier of the expiry of the two-minute penalty and the next buzzer.

MAJOR PENALTIES: Any player assessed a major penalty for any infraction will serve the entire 5 minutes in the penalty box regardless of the number of goals scored by the opposition. Any player assessed a second major penalty for any infraction during the course of the same game shall be assessed an automatic game misconduct penalty and have his case reviewed by Discipline Committee. Should players from both teams receive major penalties at the same time the coincidental penalty rule shall take effect.

MISCONDUCT PENALTIES: Any player assessed a ten minute misconduct penalty will serve his penalty in the box. The player will return after the first whistle after the expiration of his penalty. This penalty is assessed to any player who continues to argue with an official.

GAME MISCONDUCT: The player is required to leave the game and remain away from the ice surface for the duration of the game. This penalty is assessed to any player guilty of obscene or profane language to a game official. The incident will be reviewed by the Fair Play Committee and further discipline may result with the possibility of an extended suspension.

GROSS MISCONDUCT: The player is required to leave the game and remain away from the ice surface for the duration of the game. This penalty is assessed for obscene or profane gestures to anybody or for making a travesty or farce of the game. The incident will be reviewed by the Fair Play Committee and further discipline may result with the possibility of an extended suspension.

MATCH PENALTY: The player is required to leave the game and remain away from the ice surface for the duration of the game. This penalty is assessed for kicking, spearing, butt-ending, hair pulling, spitting at an opponent, molesting or threatening an official. The Team will play short-handed for the next five minutes and a teammate will serve the full five minutes regardless of any goals scored. The incident will be reviewed by the Fair Play Committee and further discipline may result with the possibility of an extended suspension.

TOO MANY PENALTIES: Three stick penalties (high sticking, cross-checking, slashing, spearing and butt-ending) or any combination of 4 minor, major or misconduct penalties assessed to one player during the course of a game will cause that player to be sent to the dressing room for the remainder of that game. No automatic game misconduct penalty would be assessed. The Referees have the final decision in all disputes. Any challenges or complaints about the Referees’ decisions are to be brought only to the Convenor and only after the game has been completed. Non-compliance with this rule may result in a bench penalty. The Convenor has no authority to overrule a referee’s decision.

Fair Play Committee

The Fair play Committee will review all Misconduct penalties and any reported instances, also talking with involved players and parents.  It will them be determined if any further suspensions are called for and they will be issued immediately, prior to next game.  More than one Game Misconduct may result in expulsion from remainder of season and playoffs.


FIVE GOAL MERCY RULE: If any one team is leading a game by five goals, a further spread in the score for the leading team will not be recorded on the scoreboard. However, it will be kept track of on the official score sheet.

PERSONAL STATS: Players will be assessed 2 point for each goal scored and 1 points for each assist.



The decisions of the referees are final.

1. All of our Referees are under the training and development of our Referee in Chief. Most have played at BMHL and many are still playing. The Referees deserve our confidence and support. Any disrespect could result in expulsion from the Arena.

2. The decisions of the referees are final. Any challenges or complaints are to be brought to the attention of the Convenor at the conclusion of the game. The Convener will discuss any complaints with the Referee in Chief at a later time. Coaches and Conveners are not permitted to dispute or challenge a Referee’s authority during or following a game.

3. The Referees are instructed to keep the game in play and to allow no more than a reasonable time for each team to line up before dropping the puck.

4. Referees are responsible for calling time outs for injuries and there will be no stop time except as provided by these rules.



1. All teams will participate in the playoffs regardless of their regular season standing.

2. In the event of a tie in the final league standings, the higher position for playoff will be awarded to the team with:

Most wins,
if still tied, most wins in games between the two teams
if still tied, the best goals for minus goals against
if still tied, the most goals for
if still tied, the least goals against
if still tied, FLIP A COIN!


     Coaches Code

1. Teach your players to play fair and respect the rules of the game, the opposing team and the officials. This is a non-contact league with zero tolerance.

2. Never ridicule or yell at players for making mistakes or losing. Remember, children play for fun and satisfaction.

3. Avoid over-playing talented players. The average players deserve equal time.

4. Remember children need a coach they can respect Teaching them good hockey skills will make the game more enjoyable for everyone.

5. Be generous with praise and set a good example.

Players Code

1. Play for fun, not just to please your parents or coach.

2. Play by the rules.

3. Never argue with the officials. Let your coach ask questions.

4. Control your temper. Don’t mouth off, slam sticks or throw equipment.

5. Work equally hard for yourself and your team. You’ll all benefit.

6. Cheer all good plays, whether by your team or your opponent.

7. Treat others as you wish to be treated.

8. Remember – you play for fun and to improve your skills. Don’t be a show off or always try to get the most points or penalties.

9. Congratulate your coach, your team and your opponents. Without them, you don’t have a game.


Parents and Spectator Code

1. Remember – children play sports for their enjoyment, not yours. They are not professional athletes.

2. Encourage your child to play by the rules.

3. Teach that honest effort is as important as victory so that the game result is accepted without undue disappointment.

4. Help your child work towards skill development and good sportsmanship.

5. Never ridicule or yell at any child for making a mistake or losing a game.

6. Children learn best by example. Don’t embarrass your child by behaving improperly in the arena.

7. Applaud all good plays by both teams.

8. Do not yell at the officials or question their judgment or honesty.

9. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from the game.

10. Recognize the value and importance of all volunteers. They give their time and resources to provide hockey for your child.