The Steel Icebreaker is a competitive tournament for high-level AAA teams in partnership with the Chicago Steel of the USHL, the nation's top Junior Hockey league. Adding to the fun, each player receives a ticket to a Chicago Steel game held during the weekend. This event is open to AAA teams.
All teams must be prepared to play at 8 a.m. on the first day of the event and all play is scheduled to end by 4 p.m. on the last day.
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Disclaimer: We have noticed an increase in teams that have inexplicably withdrawn from events at the last minute causing us to have to re-work the schedule. Please DO NOT make any plans that cannot be refunded based on the schedule you receive.
The Tournament Director shall be responsible for resolving all inquiries or disputes regarding off‐ice rule application or interpretation, player eligibility, disciplinary action, or any other procedural disputes. He or she will not overturn any dispute concerning rules and/or the judgment applied by on‐ice officials. All decisions of the Tournament Director are final.
A player may only play for one team in his own age group. A player must appear on the official roster. Every team must be USA Hockey or Hockey Canada registered for Insurance purposes.
Home and visiting teams are indicated on the tournament schedule. Home teams shall wear light colored jerseys. Visitors will wear dark jerseys. All jerseys must have a player number clearly displayed.
All players in the tournament are required to wear a colored – non‐clear (Rule 304F) mouth guards. This is a USA Hockey rule. The only exceptions are squirt age players and Canadian players that are not required to wear one in their league.
Early Start Option:
All teams must be prepared to play their games fifteen (15) minutes prior to the scheduled start time in the event games are ahead of schedule. Players must be ready to step onto the ice when the Zamboni finishes between games. Please have your teams prepared.
Each team is responsible for providing its own penalty box attendant
A three (3) minute warm up will take place before the start time of the game. Pucks will NOT be provided. Please bring warm up pucks for your team.
One 30 second time out is permitted per team per game.
Length of Periods:
All U13/U14 games will be 3 x 15 min periods. All U15/U16 and U18 games will be 3 x 17 min periods. Games will have an ice cut after the 2nd period and end of game. All games must have a winner, and will
not end in a tie.
There will be a one (1) minute break between each period.
The mercy rule shall be in effect. If a team at any point during the third period is leading by 7 or more goals the clock will revert to running time. If the difference is reduced to 3 goals or less, the clock will revert back to stop time.
All on‐ice officials are currently and completely registered and in good standing with USA Hockey and their respective State Association or the International Ice Hockey Federation, (llHF). Games will be played under USA Hockey rules. Please note that SSAAA cannot change or alter decisions made by USA Hockey officials.
Penalty times will be as follows: Minor 2:00 minutes, Major 5:00 minutes, Misconduct 10:00 minutes. Any player and/or team official who is in receipt of a match penalty or gross misconduct will be suspended for any remaining games and subject to USA Hockey and Hockey Canada discipline. Any player that receives a second major penalty will result in an ejection from the remaining games of the weekend.
On Ice Altercations:
Eastern Exposure Series abides by the rules and regulations set forth by USA Hockey. 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.
All divisions will be scored per game as follows:
If the game ends in a tie, teams will then proceed to a 5‐minute period of sudden death 3 on 3. Teams will switch ends and be in the further net from their bench. If the game remains tied, each team will select three (3) players to participate in the shootout. Please reference Eligible Players for a Shootout below.
Eligible Players for a Shootout
a. Each team will select three (3) players to participate in the shootout.
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.
In the event of a tie for playoff seeding, the following criteria will be used to determine the team’s placement. If more than 2 teams tied, skip to tiebreaker 2:
1. Head to Head (Only if 2 teams are tied)
4. Best goal differential (GF ‐ GA)
Any forfeited games will be recorded as a 3‐0 score.
The maximum goal differential attainable per game is +/‐ 7.
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NOTE: If the team contact is not traveling with the team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the person available for any questions or concerns during the event.
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