– 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.
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
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
4 Left Wing
4 Right Wing
5 Bench Positions
1.3 - Injured Reserve
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 -
1.5 - Free Agents
-Teams are allowed
2 claims per week
-Claims are refreshed every Sunday night
Incoming free agents meeting minor eligibility
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
Free Agency and Waiver claim settings during the
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
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.
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.
1st vs. 4th
2nd vs. 3rd
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
Round 1 - 1, 2, 3, 4
Round 2 - 4, 3, 2, 1
Round 3 - 1, 2, 3, 4