We are a Niagara based adult beginner hockey league. GHL Niagara. We are the original and best co-ed beginner hockey league. We have beginner players from all over the Niagara region, inscluding: St. Catharines, NOTL, Thorold, Virgil, Welland and Pelham.

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As a baseline, the GHL follows the same rules as Ontario Minor Hockey

-See any exeptions below-

 


PENALTIES

Referees, at their discretion may call penalties for any reason they see fit. For example, If you’ve been warned to stay out of the crease and you insist on camping out there, you will be get a penalty. 

Being belligerent or rude to referees will result in a 2 -or- 5 minute penalty. Any additional infraction after a 5 minute penalty will result in the player’s ejection from the game.

A player with 3 penalties of any kind will be ejected from the game. Referees can also eject a player at any time if they see fit.

If you are being unsportsmanlike on the ice or the bench, your coach may eject you from the game.

Any player who is consistently receiving penalties may be suspended or even expelled from the league. 

If you have any issues with the reffing, please go to your coach. Refs are here to help the league and we will not tolerate people giving them a hard time. There are questionable calls in every league, NHL included so just accept it as part of the game if there is a call you don’t agree with.

 


 

PUNISHABLE OFFENSES

Our league will not tolerate body contact. Even if a player is not knocked over, we may call body contact.
*Less strict PRO division*

If you are found to be playing while intoxicated to the point of putting other players at risk, you may be suspended or expelled from the league.

Unsportsmanlike conduct Including, Fighting, Foul Language, Smacking stick, throwing equipment, Yelling at / Excessively questioning the official Slamming the bench/penalty box doors

Skating in the crease is not permitted. The play will be stopped and the faceoff is to occur outside the zone.
*Does not apply to PRO division*

Out of control penalites may be called is a player is skating outside of their abilities and causing collisions or unsafe play. Most importantly applied in the Minor division. 
*Does not apply to PRO division*


ADDITIONAL NOTES

In the interest of keeping the game moving, referees will waive off some icing calls.

If a player becomes injured on the ice, all players are to go to their bench to allow the officials and management to take care of the situation.

Any time the puck hits a player's helmet or a goalies' mask, the play will be whistled down and a faceoff will take place.

Mixed Skill, Major and Minor have a 3-goal per game limit.

Goalies can skate to the two closest hash marks and back behind the red line.

Remember to review the list of equipment that is mandatory to wear during all GHL Games. Players will not be permitted to play until they are wearing all equipment (in particular a neck guard). A ​CSA approved helmet with face shield must be worn whenever on the ice (pre and post game).
*PRO division does not require full cage or neck guard*

Goalies in the Mixed Skill, Minor and Major divisions must wear danglers.

A team may only call one 30 second timeout per game. A referee may call a timeout at any time. 

All GHL games are running time. When the game begins, the only time the clock will stop is at the referee's discretion. 

The game will be stop-time for the last minute of the game if it’s a 1 goal game or less.


TRADING

Trades may be done for a variety of reasons, but mostly to create balance in the league. Players may be traded by franchises at the discretion of the franchise's GM and upon approval of the League Executive. Players involved will be consulted before the news is revealed to the league.

 

SHORT HANDED

**Non-GHL members are not permitted to fill in**

Major 

May call up if less than 10 players; can only call over to make 10 
First call from the Minor division, subsequent may be Major or Minor

Minor 

Can call from any Minor team if less than 10 players; can only call over to make 10 

Mixed Skill

Can call from Mixed Skill, Minor or Major if less than 10 players; can only call over to make 10 

Pro

Can call from Pro or Major if less than 10 players; can only call over to make 10 

 

Note: NO refunds will be given to players who are suspended or dismissed from the league due to continued rule violations. A single offense of the rules, depending on the severity of the infraction may result in being dismissed from the league.