Section 1 – Major League

1.1 - Scoring
1.2 - Roster Limits
1.3 - Injured Reserve
1.4 - Roster Activity Rules
1.5 - Free Agents
1.6 - Salary Cap
1.7 - League Playoffs
1.8 - Memorial Cup Championship
1.9 - Tie-Breaker
1.10 - Trade Deadline
1.11 - Major League Draft (NHL Draft)

1.12 - Draft Order (NHL Draft)

Section 2 – Minor League

2.1 - Overview
2.2 - Minor League Eligibility
2.3 - Minor League Roster Transactions
2.4 - Draft Picks
2.5 - Draft Rules (Entry Draft)

2.6 - Skipped Draft Picks
2.7 - Draft Order

Section 3 – General League Info

3.1 - General Penalties
3.2 - Minor League Roster Transaction Penalties
3.3 - Anti-Tanking Penalties
3.4 - League Executive Board (LEB)

 

Section 1 – Major League

1.1 - Scoring
  
Teams face each other in a head-to-head format. Each category results in receiving wins or losses to your overall record. Primary scoring categories are worth multiple wins.

Skaters:
Goals = 2 wins
Assists = 2 wins
Power Play Points = 2 wins
TOI = 2 wins
Shots on Goal = 1 win
Hits = 1 win
Blocked Shots = 1 win
Faceoff % (Center only) = 1 win

Goalies:
Win = 2 wins
GAA = 1 win
Save % = 1 win
Shutout = 1 win

Note: Faceoff % is only scored for players placed in the center position

1.2 - Roster Limits
 
The major league team has a maximum roster limit of 25 players with a minimum of 23.

4 Centers
4 Left Wing
4 Right Wing
6 Defense
2 Goalie
5 Bench Positions
4 IR

1.3 - Injured Reserve
  
IR positions do not count towards the roster limit or cap. Any player considered day-to-day (red flag) is eligible to be placed on IR.

Off-Season IR Rules and Salary Cap (May 1st - September 15th)
During the off-season players are not eligible to be placed on IR. After May 1st GMs will be penalized for any players remaining on IR. As of September 15th GMs are again eligible to utilize the IR positions.

Salary cap is also lifted during this off-season window.

1.4 - Roster Activity Rules
 
Teams daily lineups must be maintained regularly. Teams will NOT be punished for missing lineup updates on occasion. However, constant inactivity patterns will be seen as a cheating effort to compete for draft position.

Teams that are not maxed out in cap space must do their best to maintain a full 25 man roster. In some cases such as heavy injury periods, it may be impossible to maintain a full lineup due to restrictions in free agent claims. Common sense will be applied when evaluating these situations.

Players placed on IR who are no longer IR eligible must be removed within a reasonable amount of time (GM's will always be allotted 1-2 days of leeway). These situations will be judged as we see fit based upon the circumstances.

Failure to follow these rules can result in punishment (via Section 3.3 - Anti-Tanking Penalties).

1.5 - Free Agents

-Teams are allowed 2 claims per week
-Claims are refreshed every Sunday night

Incoming free agents meeting minor eligibility requirements
Once the trade deadline passes, any undrafted free agents (College, European, etc) who sign contracts are NOT eligible to be claimed via free agency or waivers. These players will only be eligible to be selected through the prospect draft. Any players available after the prospect draft and up until the trade deadline are eligible to be claimed at any time.

Only players drafted by a NHL team and/or currently have a contract with a NHL team can be rostered.

Free Agency and Waiver claim settings during the prospect draft:
During the draft all free agent and waiver claims will be disabled (due to Fantrax setting issues). After the conclusion of the draft a date will be announced to restore regular claiming activities.


Other Incoming free agents
Incoming free agents who exceed the prospect requirements (Radulov, Kovalchuk, etc) are only available to claim once a NHL contract has been signed
and the player has then cleared a waiver period. The waiver process will begin immediately/shortly upon the official announcement of a NHL contract, at which point GMs can queue waiver claims for these players. The GM with the highest waiver claim priority will be awarded the player.

1.6 - Salary Cap
   
Each major league team has a salary cap restriction that the GM is responsible for maintaining. The league salary cap is based on the official NHL salary cap plus an additional 28%.

Example: 2015-16 Season
NHL Cap = 71.4 million + 28% = 91.4 million (rounded)


Player salaries are relative to their official NHL cap hit. -Retained cap hits will no longer be used to determine player salaries. The last retained cap hit that will be acknowledged is Tyson Barrie.

Player salary information can be found at https://www.capfriendly.com/

1.7 - League Playoffs

A total of 8 teams make the playoffs. The top 3 teams of each conference (Eastern and Western) automatically qualify for the playoffs. A wild-card format is then used to determine the two 4th seeds. Out of the remaining teams the two with the highest overall record (regardless of conference) will qualify for the wild card positions (the higher seeded wildcard matched up against the lower ranked 1st seed).

The high and low seeds of each conference will continue to battle it out until finally, the best of the East and West clash in the championship game.

East
1st vs. 4th
2nd vs. 3rd
West
1st vs. 4th
2nd vs. 3rd

1.8 - Memorial Cup Championship  
   
Once each leagues playoff are complete, the champions of the three leagues will be "calculated" head-to-head utilizing the stats from the scoring period of their respective championship matches. That means these teams do NOT actually play each other in Fantrax and it has ZERO impact on the functioning of the leagues as independents.

OHL Champ vs WHL Champ
OHL Champ vs QMJHL Champ
WHL Champ vs QMJHL Champ

So each league champion would get head-to-head scores vs. both of the other league champs. These scores will then be added together and the overall winner will be crowned the Memorial Cup Champion of all 48 teams.

Go to the “Playoffs” section of the website and then click on the “Memorial Cup” sub-menu tab for a better understanding of how this process works.

1.9 - Tie-Breaker
  
All tie-breakers including the playoffs will be decided as follows:

1. Most wins in entire season
2. Head-to-head record vs. team tied with

1.10 - Trade Deadline
 
The trade deadline will always be the day following the actual NHL trade deadline. The cut-off time will be set at 11:59pm ET.

All pending trades that were made before the cut-off time will be processed.

1.11 - Major League Draft (NHL Draft)
 
This is a one-time live draft where your major league team is selected. GM's will vote on the date and time

1.12 - Draft Order (NHL Draft)
  
This is a one-time draft. The order will be randomly generated prior to the draft.

The draft order alternates every round, so in a 4-team league, the order would go:

Round 1 - 1, 2, 3, 4
Round 2 - 4, 3, 2, 1
Round 3 - 1, 2, 3, 4

 

Section 2 – Minor League

2.1 - Overview
 
Prospects who are active on the minor league roster will not be scored in head-to-head match-ups. The purpose of this roster is to build and maintain your major league team.

The minor league roster has a 25 player limit with no salary cap restrictions.

2.2 - Minor League Eligibility
 
To be considered a prospect and qualify for minor league placement, a player must meet the following requirements:

Skater
-125 GP or less
-25 years of age or less prior to beginning of the season


Goaltender
-60 GP or less
-25 years of age or less prior to beginning of the season


In the event that a prospect on a minor league roster surpasses the GP limitations, that team is NOT required to call-up the prospect until the off-season. However, once the prospect is called up to the major league team that player then loses minor league eligibility and can no longer be sent down.

2.3 - Minor League Roster Transactions
 
Each GM is ONLY allowed two transactions between the minor and major roster per scoring period (two moves per week).

The two moves will only be counted towards players coming from the minor team up to the major team. A move will not be counted towards players being sent down.

This is a very important rule to understand. We take this rule very seriously and violators will be punished (see section 3.2).

2.4 - Draft Picks
   
Each club will be awarded three years of draft picks in advanced. For example: During the 2016-2017 seasons, GM’s will have access to the 2017, 2018 and 2019 draft picks.

All available draft picks can be traded.

2.5 - Draft Rules (Entry Draft)
 
Each team will have a prescheduled selection period of two hours. The scheduled window will always be posted in advanced (schedules can be found in the draft round threads).

All undrafted prospects become Free Agents 72 hours after the conclusion of the draft.

Draft Schedule
OHL - 2nd Saturday of July
WHL - 3rd Saturday of July
QMJHL - 4th Saturday of July

The exact time and date for each league will be officially announced as the draft approaches.

2.6 - Skipped Draft Picks
  
If a team misses their pick, they will be skipped and the next team will be (On The Clock). Skipped teams may pick anytime and will not affect the schedule.

After the conclusion of the draft, teams with skipped picks may still pick anytime up until 72 hours after the final pick of the draft. At that time all skipped picks will be forfeited.

Please contact two LEB members if you know you will not be available to make a selection. Please submit a draft order priority list for the unavailable rounds and your picks will be chosen accordingly. It is your responsibility to be sure you have established clear communication with the LEB member (it would be wise to contact two).

2.7 - Draft Order

Playoff teams
will draft in reverse order of their playoff results. Teams eliminated the same week will follow the tie-breaker rules but in reverse order (see Section - 1.9 for tie-breaker rules).

None playoff teams will be divided into 3 groups relative to the regular season standings. Within each of those groups draft positioning will then be determined by the teams with the highest TOI (Time on Ice) for the entire season.

Groups
09-12th place teams = 5-8th overall pick
13-14th place teams = 3-4th overall pick
15-16th place teams = 1-2nd overall pick

For example: The two teams that finish 15th and 16th overall in the standings will compete for the 1st and 2nd overall draft picks. Out of those two teams, the team with the highest TOI (Time on Ice) for the entire season will be awarded with the 1st overall pick.

-This format encourages rebuilding teams to be active throughout the entire season.

 

Section 3 – General League Info

3.1 - General Penalties
 
Penalties of all origin can be issued under the following list.

1st strike - warning
2nd strike - $1,000,000 against cap
3rd strike - $2,000,000 against cap
4th strike - $3,000,000 as well as an LEB vote to banish offender from the league.
5th strike - Automatic ban from the league

Replacement GMs will not be punished with previous penalties.

3.2 - Minor League Roster Transaction Penalties
  
Any GM caught exceeding the two player minor league transaction limit (section 2.3), will face the following penalties:

1st offense - 25-100% score deduction against scoring period(s) of violation.
2nd offense - 50-100% score deduction against scoring period(s) of violation + optional 5 million cap penalty to the following season.
3rd offense - LEB will vote to banish repeat offender from the league.

Replacement GMs will not be punished with previous penalties.

3.3 - Anti-Tanking Penalties
  
Penalties of this nature are exclusive to the season in which the penalties occurred. Each GM will start a new season with zero warnings regardless of prior history.

Strikes will impact all draft picks round 1-7.

Draft position loss will never accumulate beyond the round (Example: A 1st round pick will never become a 2nd round pick. The maximum loss of a pick is falling to 16th (last) of that given round).

2 warnings = 1st strike
4 warnings = 2nd strike
6 warnings = 3rd strike
8 warnings = 4th strike
10 warnings = 5th strike

1st strike = 1 draft position loss
2nd strike = 2 draft position loss
3rd strike = 3 draft position loss
4th strike = 5 draft position loss
5h strike = Bottom of draft order (16th pick in each round)

Replacement GM's will NOT be held accountable for the prior GM's infractions. All penalties will be erased and the incoming GM will be awarded with the proper draft positioning based upon the standings.

3.4 - League Executive Board (LEB)
 
The LEB is an important aspect of the league. The LEB is responsible for the general upkeep of the league including, but not limited to, rule changes, trades and GM penalties. The LEB is here to ensure we have a fair league and that all league changes and trades are fair.

Always keep in mind that the LEB sometimes has to face tough decisions. These guys are donating their time to run this league. Please show some respect and do not make their job more difficult than it needs to be.

The LEB will consist of GMs who have proven two things:
- Strong knowledge of hockey
- Ability to not lobby rule changes to benefit their team (i.e. No suggesting rule change for higher salary cap just because your team is at cap capacity).