MAHL General GAME Rules | MA Hockey League
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MAHL General Game Rules:

 Chin strap MUST be fastened while on ice!!!

No drinking on bench; no beer/alcohol cans/bottles etc. in trash cans


  • Warm-ups will be 3 minutes in length for all games.
  • Game length
  • 3 x 15 minute, running-time periods, 50 minute games FOR MOST Leagues
  • 3 x 17 minute, running-time periods, unless otherwise noted, for:

Canton Sunday (B) League - Canton Ice House

Greater Merrimack Valley League - Bedford-Edge/N.Billerica-Chelmsford Forum/Billerica-Hallenborg/Tewksbury-Breakaway

Northern Mass League - Tewksbury-Breakaway

South Shore League, - Hingham-Pilgrim

Woburn First Responders B League - Woburn-O’Brien

  • Stopped Time
  • The play clock will only stop in the last ten seconds of the first two periods if the faceoff is in an offensive zone.
  • The play clock will stop in the last 2 minutes of the 3rd period if the game is within 2 goals


TIME-OUTS: One 30-second time-out is permitted per game.



  • Regular Season: At the end of regulation for regular season games, if the game is tied there will be NO overtime. Each team will receive 1 point.
  • Playoff games: For tied games, there will be a 5 minute 3x3 sudden death OT. If tied at the end of OT, then game will go to a shootout for 3 rounds; if still tied, one round at a time. After the 3 rounds are over anyone can shoot until the tie is broken.


ICING: Hybrid - icing will be enforced

  • For the purpose of interpretation of the rule, there are two judgments required for "icing the puck".
  • The Linesman must first determine that the puck will cross the goal line.
  • Once the Linesman determines that the puck will cross the goal line, icing is completed upon the determination as to which player (attacking or defending) would first touch the puck.
  • This decision by the Linesman will be made the instant the first player reaches the end zone face-off dots with the player's skate being the determining factor.


PENALTIESEveryone must respect and listen to game officials and referees.

  • If someone has a problem with a referee for whatever reason please wait until after the game and contact the league director.
  • Any verbal or physical abuse to the referee(s) or scorekeepers will not be tolerated. This will result in automatic ejection from the game and possibly the league.
  • Any player who gets 3 or more penalties in a game will be kicked out for that game, and pending a review, the next game or more.


FACE-OFF after penalty: after any minor or major penalty (non-coincidental) the ensuing face-off will be conducted in the defending zone of the offending team.


FACEOFFS: Face-offs are conducted at the 9 face-off dots (current USA Hockey Rule).



  • If there is a six-goal spread entering the third period, then the third period can be set to Ten Minutes. ​
  • The referee will ask both teams, starting with the trailing team.  If both teams agree, then the clock will be set to 10 minutes.
  • NOTE: at the discretion of the referee, the clock can be set to 10 minutes without conferring with teams, if warranted by player(s) conduct. 



*Referee has final say in all aspects of the game being played*

**League Director has final say in all aspects of the league** /