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HJHL Bylaws
  1. Heritage Junior Hockey League Bylaws
  2. Heritage Junior Hockey League Games Policy

Name of the society shall be Heritage Junior Hockey League

    1. Definitions
  1. “Bylaws” refer to these bylaws created by the Heritage Junior Hockey League
  2. “HJHL” and “League” refer to the Heritage Junior Hockey League
  3. The “Articles” refer to the articles of incorporation that were filed to create the Heritage Junior Hockey League. 
  4. The “Board” and “Directors” refer to the board of directors of the Heritage Junior Hockey League
  5. “Executive Directors” an “Officers” refer to a member that has been elected to the board of directors of the Heritage Junior Hockey League.
  6. A “Member” refers to a team that has fulfilled the requirements of membership set by these bylaws and have been approved by the board of directors.
  7. “Notice” refers to an email being sent to members followed up with a text message to the appropriate phone number for the member.
  8. An “Ordinary resolution” refers to a resolution that requires a majority of votes to be accepted.
  9. A “Special resolution” refers to a resolution that requires at least a two-thirds majority of the votes cast to be accepted.

All participating teams and subsequent junior age teams that are accepted and granted a franchise are eligible for League membership. 

  1. Terms of Admission
  1. New Membership must be by written application to the HJHL President. Included with the application will be the HJHL entry fee.
  2. Applications must be made 30 days prior to the AGM or Special Meeting called for this purpose. 
  3. Each new applicant must make a formal presentation to the league at the application meeting consisting of:
    1. A description of the organization, financial status and home rink
    2. The city or town in which the club of the applicant is to be located.
    3. Written confirmation from the town that ice times are available based upon the league’s historical regular season and playoff needs.
    4. A statement from the teams Directors that upon and in consideration of election to membership, the applicant will subscribe to and agree to be bound by these bylaws and all amendments thereto and all the rules and regulations of the league (HJHL).
  4. Upon acceptance of franchise, the following conditions must be met:
    1. That all financial obligations are met;
    2. That all bylaws and rules & regulations of the constitution are met;
    3. Performance bonds and new member application fees must be paid as defined in the Policy #003 League Fees and Fines
    4. That the HJHL described performance bond fee, which can be found in the Policy #003 League Fees and Fines
    5. That the non-refundable entry fee, defined in the Policy #3 League Fees and Fines is to be paid to the HJHL as outlined in section 2.5
    6. Minimum one (1) year probation for a new team
    7. Probation will be reviewed at the AGM following the first season of the new member.
      1. Probation may be removed only at the AGM with a vote of seventy five (75) percent in favour.
  5. In the case of an unusual situation, where a potential new application requires a shorter time frame to apply to the league for team status, the President may call an emergency meeting with one representative for each team to decide on the situation presented.
  1. Rights and Obligations of Membership
  1. The members of the HJHL shall each maintain and operate a hockey team of the highest possible caliber for the purpose of engaging annually in a regular season schedule and playoffs games with teams of other members.
  2. All team member boards; officials; staff; and off ice representatives will always demonstrate a behaviour of the highest professionalism and ethics and will always present the HJHL League in a similar manner
  3. No membership may be sold, assigned or otherwise transferred except:
    1. With the consent of a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors.
    2. If a transfer is approved the new ownership will be treated as per a new membership outlined in section 2.3
  4. A Performance Bond will be paid to the league to ensure the rights and obligations of membership are adhered to.
  5. Any member contravening the Bylaws and or Policies of the HJHL, or of conduct prejudicial to the good name of the HJHL, may be fined, expelled, suspended, or required to post an additional Performance Bond at the discretion of the Board of Directors. 
  6. All members will adhere to all Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta Bylaws, Regulations, and Policies.
  7. Leave of Absence
  1. Leave of Absence 
  1. A leave of absence may be granted to any member team subject to the following conditions:
    1. The leave must be applied for by April 30 of the current playing season.
    2. The leave must be approved by a seventy five (75) percent majority of all HJHL Board Members as per league voting regulations.
    3. Any leave of absence will be in effect for one year only and cannot be renewed for the following playing season.
  2. The team being granted a leave of absence may lay claim to five (5) players from their current roster, which they may assign to other League members.
    1. This must be completed prior to any league team signing other players of the team and before September 1st of the Leave Year. 
    2. A notice, signed by each team participating in the assignment, must be sent to the League in advance of the regular season beginning.
  • The notice must list the players name; age (at time of assignment) and transfer team’s name 
  • These players must return to the assignment team when that team returns to active status (the following year) providing the players wish to do so or other arrangements are agreed to as per the league trading agreement. 
  1. The remaining players on the leave of absence team are then free to sign with any team of their choice with no future obligation by player or signing team to the Leave of Absence Team.
  1. Notification to return to active status must be received by the President no later than two weeks prior to the Annual General Meeting in the year they are absent from the league.
    1. The team wanting to return must provide the League with an application that provides, at a minimum, the following information
  • Has the reason for their Leave of Absence been addressed and in what ways 
  • A financial statement as to the present status of finances of the team
  • A copy of their Budget of Revenues and Expenses for the upcoming season
  • A list of Team Board Members and present list of Team Staff positions
  1. The member team will have no voting rights during the leave of absence.
  1. Membership Withdrawal
  1. Any member of the league may withdraw from membership by tendering its written resignation to the President and by making full payment of any and all dues or other debts owing to the league.
  2. Said written resignation from membership must be filed with the President of the league 30 days prior to the annual meeting of that same year.
  1. Should the withdrawing member fail to comply with any of the above provisions, the League shall be entitled to retain, as its sole property the withdrawing Member’s performance bond and all interest that the withdrawing Member may have in and to any of the League’s Assets.
  1. Membership Termination
  1. All present teams of the HJHL cannot have their franchises taken from them or be dismissed from the HJHL other than for:
  1. A violation of the Constitution &/or By Laws including failure to meet the standards and financial means required by the League
  2. If the HJHL Executive determines that a team is icing a non-competitive team they may:
  • Request by email or online meeting, the authority of the league board to place such team on probation and or suspension pending further evaluation
  • At a formally scheduled or called meeting, the league’s executive may request a vote to determine further action to be taken against the accused team which could result in a one year probation or suspension; or a termination from the league
  • Such action would require a 75% affirmative vote of the rest of the league membership
  • Failure to maintain a competitive on-ice product as determined by a vote of 75% of the League membership
  1. Continuation of not meeting the required number of twelve (12) skaters and one (1) carded goaltender to begin a game
  1. At the scheduled League AGM the league membership, with at least seventy five (75) percent approval, may suspend and or terminate the status of membership of any team for practices and or behaviour deemed inappropriate and or not meeting the terms and conditions of membership as deemed by the membership.
  2. Any termination for such breech will result in forfeiture of that teams performance bond and all interests in the League
    1. Annual General Meeting
  1. The Annual General Meeting of the league shall be held each year at a date, time, and place to be chosen by the President.
  2. Meeting details will be sent to the membership no less than twenty one (21) days in advance
  3. It will take place over two days, one at the end of April in the form of an online meeting using Zoom, and the other in late May in person, unless government restrictions do not allow for an in person meeting.
  4. The annual meeting will be open to all members to discuss the following included but not limited to agenda items:
  1. Day 1 will included
  • Election of the open executive positions
  • Review of any applications for new teams. 
  1. Day 2 will include the discussion and agreement on
  • Bylaws and Policies
  • Presentation of Financial Statement
  • League fees
  • Regular season start and end dates
  • Number of games
  • Playoff format
  • Setting a date for the schedule review meeting. 
  1. Schedule Review Meeting
  1. The annual scheduling meeting shall be held in late July of each year at a date, time, and place to be chosen by the President. The agenda items will be:
  1. Review of proposed regular season schedule
  2. Alterations to schedule if required
  3. Final acceptance of schedule
  1. Quorum
  1. A quorum shall exist when seventy five (75) percent of the League Directors is present at any scheduled or emergency meetings.
  1. Voting
  1. Each team is allowed one vote.
  2. Voting is usually done by a show of hands.
  3. The President only votes in order to break a tie.
  4. All motions at meetings, unless otherwise specified, require a majority vote in favour to carry the motion. 
  1. Special Meetings
  1. Special meetings of the league may be called by the President at any time and shall be called by him/her whenever requested by a majority of the league members.
  1. Attendance
  1. Attendance is mandatory for all member Directors and/or their alternate at any duly scheduled league meeting. 
  1. Governance Structure
    1. Executive Officers
  1. The board shall appoint the Executive Officers of the league, and assign any such duties outlined in the roles and responsibilities document for the following roles:
  1. President
  • The President is responsible for proper supervision (and Jurisdiction) of all League activities. They shall:
    • Know the constitution and bylaws of the organization
    • Appoint, instruct and when possible serve as ex-officio member of committees
    • Analyze membership problems and plan for resolutions
    • Schedule and preside over Board meetings
    • Be the chief Executive Officer of the league, having general and active management of the business of the league and shall see that all orders and resolution of the members of the league are carried into effect
    • Delegate responsibilities and authority to other Executive members as appropriate
    • Over-see any issues relative to the completion of scheduled games, decisions on postponed, defaulted, or cancelled games, protests and any disciplinary action that may be deemed necessary by the League's Bylaws, Rules and Regulations.
    • Dispatch or have dispatched agendas, minutes and other documents pertinent to the meeting 
    • Have custody of the official records and papers of the league
    • Issue or have issued all League official notices and attend to all necessary correspondence.
    • Prepare and furnish such reports as may be called for the by the members of the League.
    • Receive and, in consultation with the executive, deal with Issues impacting HJHL By-Laws as well as HA or HC Regulations.
    • Have the authority to deal with or designate the responsibility for all disciplinary action as a result of any major penalties or incidents on or off ice before, during, or after a HJHL game taken by a player, coach or team official or game official.
    • Attend HA’s designated meetings or other such meetings set aside to deal with Junior B Topics, and must electronically send a report to all members, two weeks following meeting (s).
  1. Vice President(s):
  • The Vice President is responsible for providing support to the duties of the President in enforcing the League’s Bylaws, Rules and Regulations as follows:
    • In the absence of the President or at the request of the President, have all powers and perform all the duties of the President.
    • Perform such other executive duties as the President may from time to time request.
    • From time to time review the League’s Bylaws, Rules and Regulations recommending appropriate changes & or updates to the Executive board.
    • Be the main contact for a designated group of teams on all matters relative to needs, problems, conflicts or requests of that group of Teams.
    • Provide support to the League Governor as needed
    • Administer League rules to teams in all matters of the League`s Constitution and By Laws
    • Rule on conflicts between any of the designated group of teams utilizing HJHL Policies, By laws and by including other Executive Team members as per the Leagues executive decision practices while also enforcing HA and HC regulations
    • They shall on behalf of the League, hire and negotiate costs for someone to manage the League's website
    • Prepare and update an annual General manager`s help manual
  1. Governor:
  • The League Governor is responsible for providing support to the duties of the President in enforcing the League’s Suspensions, Fines, Game Schedules; Major Penalties; Bylaws, Rules and Regulations as follows:
    • They will receive the original game and referee report sheets ensuring game & player stats are captured and recorded and, whenever necessary, apply disciplinary suspensions to players and team officials.
    • They shall receive and in consultation with the President and other appropriate executive, deal with all matters of discipline, enacting  suspensions or other disciplinary action as may be deemed necessary and notify in writing and verbally to the people or team involved. Also to be faxed or emailed to all teams and posted on the Web Page.
    • They shall from time to time review the League’s Rules and Regulations as they relate to suspensions and fines, recommending appropriate changes & or updates to the Executive board
    • The Governor shall record and track all cardings, trade and releases of players in the HJHL as per regulations.
  1. Treasurer:
  • The Treasurer is responsible for the following:
    • Maintain a simple set of books and record all items of income and expenses as they happen
    • Pay all accounts of the league as directed by the Executive and prepare a statement of receipts and payments to be presented at the Annual general meeting
    • Mail out approved payments for League Executive as directed
    • Send notices to league members when directed to do so by the President.
    • Prepare and communicate the annual budget
    • Prepare requisitions for prompt payment of all invoices, deposit all monies collected and use the proper account number on all paperwork
    • Collect dues and bank all organization funds
    • Provide financial reports at meetings
  1. Secretary:
  • The Secretary is responsible for the following:
    • Record the minutes of all meetings and attend to all correspondence
    • Ensure that minutes of any meeting are prepared for electronic distribution
    • Ensure all necessary minutes on file, not motioned, are dispatched, at least 2 weeks in advance, along with the agenda of any next meeting.
    • Supply, at the expense of the league, a copy of the constitution, rules and regulations, a supply of referee reports, score sheets and other required information to each league member and executive members.
    • Maintain a current list with the names and contact information of the board of directors and league directors.
    • Maintain a systematic filing system
    • Work with the treasurer to maintain accurate listing of membership status
  1. An individual may hold more than one office.
  2. The board shall determine the remuneration, if any, for its Executive Officers.
  1. Board of Directors
  1. The Director must be a member of an HJHL team in good standing
  2. Each HJHL member will appoint one (1) Director from its executive (preferably team President) or non-bench team staff (preferably General Manager) 
  3. Each HJHL team will appoint one (1) alternate, to the HJHL Board of Directors
  4. The names of these team appointees will be provided to the League Executive Officers before the League Scheduling meeting
  1. Term of Office
  1. Directors shall serve a term of office of one (1) year
  2. Executive Officers shall serve a term of two (2) years
    1. President and Vice President(s) will alternate years when possible
  3. An Executive officer appointed to fill a vacancy will hold that office until the next annual meeting
  4. An Executive officer that is elected to fill a vacancy will hold office for the remainder of the term of the director he/she is replacing
  5. An Executive officer can reapply to remain in his current position, or apply for another position, at the end of his term.
  1. Ceasing to Hold Office
  1. An officer or director ceases to hold office when:
  1. The individual dies or resigns;
  2. Is removed from office; or 
  3. No longer qualifies as a director under paragraph 2.2.
  1. A director may be removed from office by ordinary resolution of the members at a members’ meeting.
  2. The directors, by special resolution, may remove a director if the director fails to attend three consecutive meetings without cause.
  1. Vacancies
  1. A vacancy created by a situation set out in section 4.5 may go unfilled if there remains a quorum of Executive Officers.
  2. Directors may appoint an officer to fill a vacancy if a quorum no longer remains.
  3. An individual with an active association with a member team can not be appointed an officer.
  1. Nomination of Candidates
  1. An individual seeking nomination to be an officer must submit a form, approved by the board, to the chair of the nominations committee. 
  2. The individual must meet the qualifications outlined in section 5.1
  1. Election of Executive Officers
  1. Unless required by a situation created from section 4.5, Executive Officers shall be elected at the annual meeting. 
  2. They shall be elected by secret ballot if the number of nominees exceeds the number of available positions on the board.
  3. Members will only vote for the number of available board positions. Any ballots containing more votes than the number of available board positions shall be considered invalid.
  4. If the number of candidates is less than or equal to the number of available positions on the board, all of the candidates will be declared elected.
  5. The candidates with the greatest number of votes will be elected. Only the number of available board positions will be filled.
  6. In the event of a tie for a position on the Executive, the Executive already elected shall determine which candidate will be elected.
  1. Executive Officer Meetings
  1. Quorum shall be a majority of officers. 
  2. If agreed to by the executive, an officer may participate in a meeting through electronic means.
  3. Officers shall be provided at least five days’ notice, in a form determined by the Executive, before a meeting is held.
  1. Executive Protocol
  1. In case of absence or disqualification, the following chain of command will apply;
  1.  President
  2. 1st Vice-President
  3. Governor
  4. Treasurer
  1. Committees
  1. The board may, by ordinary resolution, appoint committees and designate the chair of the committee. The resolution creating the committee must describe the powers afforded to the committee.
  2. Quorum for committees shall consist of a majority of the directors appointed to the committee.
  3. The committee shall appoint a secretary to record the minutes of the committee.
  4. Membership on a committee can only be held for one season.
  5. Examples of committees that can be created are. 
  1. Management Committee

Work with the League President and or League Executive Team to: 

  • Support the needs of the League Executive
  • Review on-ice official issues
  • Assist in addressing all major issues that arise.
  1. Policy Committee

Work with the League Vice President to:

  • Review the League’s Constitution Bylaws, Rules and or Policies
  • Make recommendations to its full Member body of appropriate changes to these League entities.
  1. Suspensions/Appeals Committee 

Works with the League Governor and or President to:

  • Recommend changes to the Policy #003 League Fees and Fines
  • Confirm and or implement, in conjunction with the President, certain fines and or suspensions levied at team officials and staff accused of abuse; disrespect or embarrassment toward the League, its members; it’s Executive and or game officials
  • Review and adjudicate all team appeals;
  • The Appeals Committee decisions are final
  1. Nomination Committee

The Committee will be formed only when there is a vacancy in the League Executive positions.

  • Membership will guarantee all Conferences are represented.
  • The nomination committee will keep the League Membership informed of its planned intentions and outcomes (Email)
  • The nomination Committee will conduct the Election of Executive Officers at the League’s AGM. A seventy five (75) percent majority is needed to appoint the Executive.
  1. Finance Committee 

This Committee could be formed to review and or restructure the finances of the League as/when required

    1. Seal
  1. The Board of Directors may adopt a seal, which shall be a common seal of the Society.
  2. The common seal of the League shall be under the control of the Board of Directors, and the Board of Directors shall determine its use from time to time.
  1. Fiscal Year
  1. The fiscal year shall be from April 1st of one year to March 31st of the next year.
  1. Financial records and books
  1. The Treasurer maintains a simple set of books and records all items of income and expenses as they happen
  2. The signing officers of the League for the purpose of drawing cheques on the account or accounts of the League shall be any two of the following four: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer – providing that one signing officer on all cheques is either the President or Treasurer.
  3. The President shall make available for inspection the books and records of the League to a member of the Board of Directors at any time upon giving reasonable notice and to all other members of the League in good standing at the Annual General Meeting of the League.
  4. The Executive Board will appoint two people to audit the accounts of the society. The appointees should have some experience with finances.
  1. Minute books and other records
  1. The Secretary will be responsible for the minute books. Meeting minutes will include but not limited to the following:
  1. Type of meeting (regular, special, emergency or annual)
  2. Date of the meeting
  3. Location of the meeting
  4. Members, Executive, and others in attendance
  1. Document the minutes of the last meeting were approved or dispensed with, all main motions, including the name of the person introducing the motion
  2. Minutes of all meetings shall be circulated to the Board of Directors, League Directors and on the shared electronic system within one week of the meeting date for review.
  1. Borrowing Powers
  1. The board has the ability to borrow money for operations of the league up to the amount defined in Policy #003 League Fees and Fines
  1. Indemnity of Directors and Executive Officers
  1. The league shall indemnify and make safe any individual that served, or has served, as a director or officer of the league provided they:
  1. Acted honestly and in good faith with a view to the best interests of the league
  2. In the case of a criminal or administrative proceeding, had reasonable grounds for believing that the individual’s conduct was lawful.
  1. Remuneration and Expenses
  1. Executive Officers shall be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incurred during the fulfillment of their duties to the league, using a form approved by the board.
  2. The mileage rate for officer’s expenses shall be defined in the Policy #003 League Fees and Fines
  1. Audit
  1. Two (2) people shall perform an audit of the financial transactions of the League at the end of the fiscal year, or a firm qualified to do so, as designated by the Board of Directors
  2. A financial statement shall be presented at the Annual General Meeting 
    1. Amendments to the bylaws will only be made when approved by a vote of seventy five (75) percent majority of league quorum in attendance at the Annual General Meeting
    1. Any assets will be turned into cash and distributed equally amongst all members in good standing.
    2. Individual member performance bonds will be returned to members in good standing.


Purpose: To define the league’s game expectations of all teams registered in the HJHL.

Scope of Policy: This policy is applied to all hockey teams that are members of the Heritage Junior Hockey league


  1. Structure
    1. Regular Season
      1. The number of league games shall be established each year at the league’s Annual General Meeting.
      2. League games and dates shall be set at the league Scheduling meeting. All scheduled games must be played within the start and end dates established at the Annual General Meeting.
      3. Based upon the number of teams and on the Board of Directors agreement, the league will operate as follows:
        1. Two (2) Conferences (North and South)
        2. Thirty six (36) game schedule
        3. North Conference will have eight (8) teams and the South Conference will have eight (8) teams for a total of sixteen (16) teams in the league
      4. Each Team will play:
        1. Four (4) games against teams in its own Conference consisting of two (2) home games and two (2) away games.
        2. Two (2) games against teams in the other Conference consisting of one (1) home game and one (1) away game.
          1. The teams are broken up into the following groups:
  • Group A      
    • Coaldale
    • Medicine Hat
    • Kainai           
    • Lomond
  • Group B      
    • High River
    • Okotoks
    • Strathmore
    • Cochrane
  • Group C      
    • Airdrie
    • Three Hills
    • Mountainview
    • Stettler
  • Group D      
    • Sylvan Lake
    • Rocky Mountain House
    • Red Deer
    • Ponoka

b. The opponents for the out of conference games are to be determined by alternating schedule as follows:

  • Year One
    • Group A travels to Group C
    • Group B travels to Group D
    • Group C travels to Group B
    • Group D travels to Group A
  • Year Two
    • Group C travels to Group A
    • Group D travels to Group B
    • Group B travels to Group C
    • Group A travels to Group D
  1. Playoffs
    1. The team with the better finish during the regular season will receive the higher seeding throughout.
    2. Teams with identical records will be seeded by:
      1. First tiebreaker is the team that had the best record against each other in the regular season.
      2. Second Tiebreaker is the team that scored the most goals against the other. 
      3. Third Tiebreaker is the best goal average for the regular season using the following formula (goals for + goals against divided into goals for)
      4. Fourth Tiebreaker is who scored the first goal in the first regular season game against each other.
    3. Playoff format will be decided at the HJHL Annual General Meeting each year. The 2021/2022 Playoffs will be structured as follows:
      1. Only top six (6) teams in each conference makes the playoffs
      2. Teams remain in own Conference until Conference Champion is determined
      3. Teams are seeded in their Conference based upon final regular season standings
      4. First round is a best of three (3) series that is to be completed in six (6) days
  • #1 seed & #2 seed from each Conference receive a bye
  • #3 seed vs #6 seed
  • #4 seed vs #5 seed
  1. Second round is a best of seven (7) series and must be completed in thirteen (13) days and teams will be reseeded
  • #1 vs #4 seed
  • #2 vs #3 seed
  • Cannot be started before end of both 1st round series without League approval and agreement by any teams still playing
  1. Third round is a best of seven (7) to decide the Conference Champion to be completed in (13) days with the winners of round two (2) face off on in their respective conferences. 
  2. Fourth round is a best of three (3) or five (5) to decide the League Championship and is to be completed in thirteen (13) days
  • The League Championship finalists both go to Provincials unless Provincials is being hosted by another HJHL team in which case only the League Champion will attend with the host team
  • Both teams can agree mutually to play a best of three (3) series with league permission
    1. If both teams agree, in advance, the start can be anytime after the designated start date as long as all previous rounds have been completed
    2. End dates cannot exceed one (1) day beyond scheduled end dates
  1. No game shall be cancelled without the President or his representative’s permission. 
    1. Exceptions will only be entertained in the case of last minute weather conditions, however an immediate email must be sent to the league
    2. Failure for a home team to reschedule a cancelled game within fifteen (15) days will result in a fine as outlined in Policy #003 League Fees and Fines
    3. The home team must provide the visiting team with at least two (2) alternative replacement dates. These could include ice in a neighbouring community
    4. Failure of a visiting team to make every effort to attend a replacement date that is sanctioned by the league will:
      1. Result in loss of that game and home team being awarded the two (2) points plus the visiting team pays the home team a $500.00 expense reimbursement.
    5. Throughout the rescheduling process the League must be copied on all emails between the two teams and their rescheduling efforts as well as emailed about all alternate communications and actions taken
      1. Failure to do this and failure to reschedule a game in a timely fashion could result in fines and suspensions.
    6. There will be no four (4) point games allowed during the regular season and teams not completing their obligations will not be awarded any points
      1. In exceptional cases, if deemed appropriate by a majority vote of the league Executive Officers, teams will end the season using ‘win percentage’ to determine their seeding.
    7. Any scheduled games against a team that has been suspended, terminated, or has withdrawn will result in a 1-0 win for each active team.
      1. As per Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta regulations NO player or team official suspension can be served as part of any un-played games against such terminated or suspended teams.
  1. Arenas
    1. All teams must have a home arena and ensure they have access to adequate ice scheduling to meet their requirements of membership and participation in the HJHL
    2. All teams must adhere to the rules and regulations of each member rink when visiting
    3. All Teams are responsible for ensuring that any damage caused at any arena, accidentally or intentionally, is reported to the rink attendants before the team leaves the arena
    4. The member team responsible for any damages caused accidentally or intentionally is required to pay any costs arising from the damage
    5. Gate admission will be established by each team for their home games
  1. Off Ice Officials
    1. All home teams are responsible to provide a number of adult age, non-player volunteers for all games in the role of off ice officials and security.
    2. Off Ice Officials will consist of at least three (3) individuals to perform the following duties:
      1. Game Sheet
      2. Game Clock
      3. Penalty Boxes
    3. Teams must train or provide cheat sheets to the game sheet individual for all home games. Such training or cheat sheets will include as a minimum:
      1. How to properly record penalties & goal scoring
      2. How to record times: goals scored/ penalties taken
      3. Use reverse time keeping – time on the arena clock 16:42 / time recorded on the score sheet 3:18 (both add up to 20:00); etc.
      4. How to record shots on Goal
      5. How to record Goalie changes
    4. The League requires all home teams to provide identifiable security at all games. At a minimum Security will provide safety for:
      1. On-ice officials
      2. Visiting team benches (if accessible by fans)
      3. Visiting team exits to ice and arena
      4. Player dressing room accesses to prevent off- ice conflicts between players and/or fans and players
    5. Failure to provide proper security, especially in the case of documented complaints from the Referee, Referee Association or a visiting team will result in a fine as outlined in Policy #003 League Fees and Fines.
    6. Teams must advise the League office should the RCMP be required to attend inside or outside the arena and provide the details of such incidents. The League does not require teams to provide a goal judge for regular season nor League Playoff games.
    7. Announcers and music DJs, at the game, may be team players not playing in that game however the league recommends the use of non-player, adult announcers where possible.
  2. On Ice Officials
    1. The home team is responsible for booking and paying for their on-ice officials for all games.
    2. Home Teams will ensure an on-ice official is available to oversee the pre-game warm-up by both teams.
    3. On-Ice officials must be registered with Hockey Alberta.
    4. No Team Staff member or Team Official will act in this capacity
    5. They shall normally be one referee and two linesmen. A two-man referee system may be used:
      1. In the event of injury to an official during a game both teams shall accept the use of a two-man system should that be the On Ice Official’s decision.
    6. Playoff games must not start until all game officials are in place.
  1. Players and Team Officials
    1. All Players must be registered as per Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta rules and regulations.
    2. All Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta rules and regulations apply to players in the Heritage Junior Hockey League
    3. At a minimum, a Manager and Coach are mandatory for each team. A team official carrying both roles must then have an Assistant Coach 
    4. The league must be notified, via an email, of any changes to Team Officials and/or Directors and include the new contact information
    5. No team shall bring alcoholic beverages, or drugs, into any arena before, during or after a game.
    6. Any player, coach, manager or other team official found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall be suspended from the League until a final decision on that person’s status is determined.
      1. Such ruling will be expedited by the league executive board but within seven (7) calendar days of the automatic suspension.
  2. Team Uniforms
    1. Each team shall have two (2) sets of sweaters:
      1. One light and one dark.
      2. Light colors shall be worn in the away rinks and dark at home.
    2. Any team wishing to change team colors, logos or style must get pre-approval by the League Executive before doing so.
    3. The League must ensure there is not a conflict between team uniform styles and patterns
    4. Each team shall be dressed:
      1. In matching socks and sweaters.
      2. All pants are either long or short, not a combination of both
  3. On Ice Warm Up
    1. Each team is to supply a minimum of twenty four (24) pucks per team
    2. The fifteen (15) minute warm-up must start thirty (30) minutes prior to game time
    3. An On Ice Official may be present as an observer during the warm-up
      1. Alternatively both teams will appoint a team coaching staff person as an alternate observer that both teams warm-up without player instigation or improper incident activity
    4. The home team is responsible to ensure a buzzer will sound with two (2) minutes left in the warm up
    5. The visiting team must vacate the ice before the warm up time expires
      1. The referee will penalize a team for any violation during warm-up resulting in that team starting the game with a player in the box. 
    6. The Home team can have up to a maximum of four (4) players left on ice to collect pucks after the warm-up and before the flood
  1. Regular Season
    1. Games shall be played on the night scheduled and commence at the scheduled time
    2. No game shall be scheduled later than 8:30 P.M. unless agreed upon by both participating teams
    3. No game shall be scheduled before 1:00 P.M. unless agreed upon by both participating teams
    4. Each regular season and play-off game will consist of three (3) twenty (20) minute stop time periods. The ice will be cleaned between each period
    5. If the score is tied at the end of regulation time the overtime rules outlined in Section 3.9 Regular Season Overtime will be applied
    6. Two (2) points shall be awarded for a win, one (1) point for a tie or overtime loss and zero (0) points for a regulation time loss
  1. Regular Season Overtime
    1. Each team shall be awarded one point in the League standings
    2. The teams will then play an overtime period of not more than five (5) minutes with the team scoring first declared the winner and being awarded an additional point
    3. The overtime period will commence immediately following a two (2) minute rest during which the players will remain on the ice. 
    4. The teams will not change ends.
    5. The overtime period shall be played three (3) on three (3) plus a goaltender
    6. If a penalty or penalties is/are carried over from regulation time to overtime in which a team is playing shorthanded the following rules apply
      1. Teams are five (5) on four (4) at the end of regulation then overtime begins at four (4) on three (3)
      2. Teams are five (5) on three (3) at the end of regulation time, then overtime begins at five (5) on three (3). At the first stop in play after one (1) or both penalties have expired the teams revert to four (4) on three (3) or three (3) on three (3) as appropriate.
      3. If teams are four (4) on four (4) with a player or players in the box serving non-coincidental penalties at the end of regulation time, overtime starts three (3) on three (3).  Players exit the penalty box as normal. At the first stoppage of play, teams are adjusted to four (4) on three (3) or three (3) on three (3), as appropriate.
      4. If teams are three (3) on three (3) at the end of regulation time, then overtime starts three (3) on three (3).  Once player strength reaches five (5) on four (4) or five (5) on five (5), at the next stoppage players strength is adjusted to four (4) on three (3) or three (3) on three (3), as appropriate.
    7. If a team is penalized in overtime then teams will play four (4) on three (3).
    8. In overtime, if a team is penalized such that a two (2) man advantage results then the teams will play five (5) on three (3).
    9. At the first stoppage of play after the two (2) man advantage is no longer in effect, the numerical strength of the team will revert back to either a three (3) on three (3) or four (4) on three (3) as appropriate.
    10. Should the game still be tied after the five (5) minute overtime then the teams will go into a shoot-out. Shootout will consist of 
      1. Three (3) separate shooters from each team will be identified and the list provided to the game scorekeeper
      2. The home team has the right to decide who will shoot first
      3. The team that leads in goals scored after these three (3) shooters wins the game
      4. If there is no clear winner after three shooters the teams will identify a new shooter one at a time
      5. The first team to score unanswered on a head to head shootout wins
      6. No player may shoot a second time until all listed players have made a shot
      7. The score keeper must continue to list player jersey numbers to track this
      8. Players in the penalty box when the overtime 5 minute period ends cannot participate in the shoot-out
  1. Playoffs
    1. Games shall be played on the night scheduled and commence at the scheduled time.
    2. No game shall be scheduled later than 8:30 p.m. unless agreed upon by both participating teams.
    3. No game shall be scheduled before 1:00 p.m. unless agreed upon by both participating teams.
    4. Each regular season and play-off game will consist of three (3) twenty (20) minute stop time periods. The ice will be cleaned between each period.
    5. If the score is tied at the end of regulation time the overtime rules outlined in Section 3.11 Playoffs Overtime will be applied
    6. No game shall be cancelled without the President or his representative’s permission. 
    7. Exceptions will only be entertained in the case of last minute weather conditions, however an immediate email must be sent to the league. 
    8. It is the responsibility of both teams to keep the league apprised of efforts to reschedule all cancelled games.
    9. The League Executive, in advance of any playoff series may impose a change to the schedule. This would normally be the adjustment of a series round from:
    10. A best four (4) out of seven (7) to a best three (3) out of five (5)
    11. A best three (3) out of five (5) series to a best two (2) out of three (3).
  1. Playoffs Overtime
    1. In the event of a tied game the following will be adhered to:
      1. One ten (10) minute stop time ‘sudden death’ period will be played
      2. Teams have a two (2) minute rest but do not leave the ice
      3. Teams do not change ends
    2. If still tied, teams will leave the ice so it may be cleaned as per any regular period ending
    3. Teams then play twenty (20) minute sudden victory periods until the tie is broken.
  1. Game Summary
    1. The Home team must scan and email, to the League Governor, within four (4) hours a copy of the game sheet along with any referee reports.
    2. A game summary sheet must be sent in as outlined in Policy #004 League Website
    3. Copies of game sheets and referee reports if applicable are to be distributed as follows:
      1. Original to league Governor
      2. First copy to the visiting team
      3. Second and third copy to home team
    4. It is the responsibility of the Manager of the home club to ensure that the game sheets are postmarked within 48 hours of the completion of the game.
    5. The home club is responsible for delivering the visiting club's game sheet to their dressing room within thirty (30) minutes of the completion of the game.
    6. It is the responsibility of the Home team that Game Sheets are completed properly as per the leagues rules
  1. Game Protests
    1. Any potential protests must be made by email to the league President and the league Governor within twenty four (24) hours of the game’s conclusion 
    2. Within seventy two (72) hours a non-refundable cheque will be mailed to the league, for the amount outlined Policy #003 League Fees and Fines.
    3. The defending team must file any defence for rebuttal within seventy two (72) hours of being notified by the President or Governor of the protest.
    4. All protest will be reviewed and decided on by the Executive Officers
    5. The Executive Officers decision is final.

Responsibilities: The league Governor will be responsible for policy enforcement. 


  • Policy #003 League Fees and Fines
  • Policy #004 League Website
  • Hockey Canada Bylaws and Policies
  • Hockey Alberta Bylaws and Policies
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Lomond 8 3 5 0 6
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