New /Updated Rules as of 2022
Replacement Players During Regular Season
This season, if any team is short players, and meets the mandatory 5 players plus goalie rule, they can recruit up to 4 other players. The players can be league or outside the league, but must be 19 years of age.
This is to keep our games competitive through out the regular season.
Teams bringing temp players for the line up, remember rosters can not exceed 10 players.
Replacement or late added players MUST play 5 regular season games to play in the Playoffs.
Keep in mind, ABSOLUTLY NO team shall skate any UNROSTERED PLAYERS DURING PLAYOFFS.
Shootouts in Regular Season Games (no more shootouts in playoffs)
- The Visiting teams shoots first.
- Each team puts 3 shooters on the ice. Teams alternate through those 3 shooters in any order, each shooter shooting once.
- If the game is not decided after the first 3 shooters, another player from each team shoots, repeat until a winner is declared
- No shooter may shoot twice before all players on their team have shot
- no player may shoot twice in a row under any circumstance.
Skating Players from another team: Any team playing a game with any player not on that teams official roster shall forfeit the game. Backup goalies are exempt.
5 Goal Mercy Rule / Running Clock Option: If during the 3rd period any team is down by 5 goals, they can choose to switch to running time to end the game sooner.
Equipment: All players must wear equipment approved by the CSA, especially helmets.
4-on-4 play for games with limited players: If any team only has the minimum 5 skaters plus goalie, and if the opposing team agrees to it, the game may be played out 4-on-4.
Timeouts in Regular Season: Each team may call a single 1:00min timeout at any time during a game.
Red Line Icing: We are trying the traditional centre line icing rule this season.
Playoff Overtime: 3:00 Stop time overtime period added to Playoffs games, before going to shoot out.
Most important goal of the BFHL is to deliver a friendly, safe and enjoyable hockey experience.
Any players involved in a fight will be ejected from the game and suspended indefinitely.
No body checking.
Any incidents of body checking will be considered a non-fighting major penalty and the player will be ejected from the game and suspended indefinitely. (Read non-fighting major penalties below)
No slap shots above the knee.
Any slap shots taken with a stick raised above the knee will result in a whistle and faceoff in the offenders end.
Penalties & Suspensions
All suspensions will be dealt with individually.
Any player may be removed permanently at anytime, in the best interest of the league.
Non-Aggressive Minor Penalties
No game misconducts, players serve penalties as normal.
Aggressive Minors An aggressive Minor Penalty is defined as any minor penalty except: tripping, holding, hooking, too many men, unsportsmanlike conduct, delay of game interference and body contact. (Body Contact is not the same as Body Checking)
3x Aggressive Minors will result in an automatic game misconduct and ejection from the game.
Non-fighting Major Penalties
All Non-Fighting Major penalties will result in ejection from the game and the player is suspended indefinitely.
Leaving The Bench / Returning to the Ice / 3 rd Man In
Any player that leaves the players bench during an altercation will be ejected from the game and suspended indefinitely.
Any player that has been ejected from the game and has left the ice and then returns for any reason will be suspended indefinitely.
The league will review each match penalty separately. The player is immediately suspended indefinitely.