Dr. Roger Goudy Memorial Hockey Festival Information and Protocols

Coaches Meeting 

The CHF/Dr. Gowdy Hockey Festival - Coaches Meeting will take place at the Iceline Quad Rinks (Enter through Marquee at rink 1, the room is on the right) in West Chester following the last practice at 8:30 on April 15. All teams must have representation at this meeting.

Teams will need to supply the following information at this time:

-Head Coach and General Manager/Assistant Coach cell phone #

-Team Hotel accommodation location and phone #

-Mode of Team transportation and Driver Contact# 

NOTE: It is recommended Teams arrive a minimum of 60 minutes prior to their scheduled game time.

Festival Schedule 

There are up to 16 games a day for the two days of pool play. It is extremely important that we start games on time as much as possible. There will be CHF Supervisors on each rink to keep things moving.  CHF Official HQ Room located between rink 1 and 2 in the main corridor for all emergencies.  The Game Protocols are in this document. Please go over this document with your players. 

Access: Ice Line from the Parking lot

All players, coaches, etc. should enter through the main doors only. Players and coaches only will have access to locker room hallways, and trainers’ area.  All spectators and guests are restricted to the lobby/snack bar area as well as viewing around the rink and on the concourse.

All players, coaches, etc. should enter through the front doors only. This rink has more “open” access to locker room areas and we ask that the coaches keep all non-playing personnel away from the locker room areas.

Athletic Training Room

The primary athletic training room will be in the locker room area.  This area can also be used by the teams’ Athletic Trainers.  Please note that the trainers hired by the CHF are in the arena to assist with immediate injuries.  They are not there to tape and build padding for injuries that occurred prior to games.

Closest Local Hospital

Chester County Hospital


701 E. Marshall St.

West Chester, Pa 19380 

Bus Parking & Drop Off

The arena has a front driveway for drop-off, but if it is blocked due to traffic the buses can also drop off on the side of the building. Once the drop-off is complete, Please park buses in the side lot or designated bus parking lot spaces.

Please list the bus drivers’ names and contact info with the Festival staff.  

Locker Room Assignments 

Each team will be assigned a locker room for their designated games and must clear that locker room following the game. Locker room assignments will be handled by the front desk personnel and all rink rules must be followed.

No one is permitted access to the hallway leading to the locker rooms at any time, with the following exceptions: Participating teams and accompanying staff (coaches, managers, athletic trainers, sports medicine, sports information) and tournament personnel. At no time are family members, fans, etc. permitted in this hallway or in any of the locker rooms. Access to locker rooms will be by credential only and this will be strictly enforced. Lockers are not available in any locker room. Keep all valuables in your respective hotel rooms for safekeeping.

Please be courteous and leave your locker rooms cleaner than you found them and ready for the next team to use.  The commissioners are very expensive locker room attendants.  Fines will be assessed if they need to be cleaned between games. If you are issued a locker game and upon arrival notice, it is not cleaned, you need to contact a CHF Supervisors immediately or you will be liable.

Team Credentials

Teams will be checked in on Thursday, April 15 prior to their respective practice time.  Each player must show their school ID as well as a government ID.

All members of the official team party, which is defined by the CHF up to 35 members will be issued event credentials. If a team is looking for additional credentials, the request must go through either Director of Hockey Operations or the Senior Commissioner.  

Only coaches and players are permitted in the bench area or in the locker room area before, during, or after the competition. When teams and staff are not participating in their scheduled games, they are permitted to attend any other games being played.  All players must enter through the main gate and present their credentials. 

Abuse of the team credentials will not be taken lightly. Any abuse can result in revocation of the pass.

Hotel Information

Hotel information can be found at https://www.chfhockey.net/pages/hotels


It is our hope and expectation that this will be a great celebration for the players, coaches, and families that the 2020-2021 season is over.  For this to occur, all parties must work together with understanding and flexibility.  

There will be things that happen that we have not planned for.  We will have supervisors at each rink letting teams and officials know what is happening and when.

Games will not be moved up if games finish early.  Spectators expect the games to be on-time and we need to honor that.  They may be delayed due to several reasons, but we will do all we can to keep things moving as expected.  

The times listed are the game times, not the warm-up times.  We have allotted 2 hours for each game.  Please plan to arrive at the Ice Line facility at least 60 minutes before your game time.  This will give the players plenty of time to stretch and go through their pre-game routines and coaches time to drop by the commissioners’ offices to discuss any developments that have occurred during previous games that may affect their game. This will give Head Coaches time to adjust your roster prior to warm-ups.  If there is a last-minute roster change, this is not a problem but people need to be aware of this so it can be done before the puck drops to start the game.  It is the coaches’ responsibility to set the roster.  Please don’t delegate this task to a player or manager.

Rules of Play 

A. Unless otherwise specified in these Policies and Procedures, in case of tie games at the end of regulation time, the game will end in a tie.

B. Pool Play games will consist of two 25-minute halves. Semi-final and Championship games are three 20-minute periods. In the case of a tie, the ice will be resurfaced and the teams will play ten-minute overtime. 

C. Teams are awarded 2 points for winning a period (Half), 1 point for a tie, zero points for losing a period. Teams are awarded 4 points for winning a game and 2 points for a tie, zero points for losing a game. One additional point will be added to team points for a shutout, winning by more than 3 goals, and not have any penalties during the game.

D. In the event of ties in points in pool play competition, the higher standings will be determined by 

1. Head to head competition 

2. Number of wins 

3. Fewest goals against in all tournament games 

4. Goal differential in all tournament games. 

5. Fewest penalty minutes. 

6. Most periods won in Pool play, determined by plus-minus in goals. 

7. Quickest goal recorded on the score sheet in Pool play. 

8. Single coin flip by the Commissioner. 

D. In cases where multiple teams are tied at the end of pool play, all teams proceed through the tiebreaker list, and the calculation of tiebreakers does not restart as teams are eliminated. 

E. Player Disqualification Penalties – Should a player receive a disqualification penalty he will be disqualified for the remainder of the tournament. If a player should get a disqualification penalty in his final game of the tournament he will serve the disqualification(s) from his first game(s) next year. 

Pregame and Intermission Protocols

At the end of each game, the scorekeeper will put no less than 30 minutes on the clock to signify the start of the next game.  This will give time for the ice to be resurfaced and warmups to take place. Eligible players and starting lineups must be submitted to the scorer’s table prior to warm-up.

30:00 – Zamboni cleans ice if not cleaned already.

15:00 – Officials take the ice for warm-up.

14:00 – Home Team takes the ice for warm-up.

13:50 – Visiting Team takes the ice for warm-up.

 7:00 – Horn sounds signaling 1-minute remaining in warm-up; team captains meet with the officials.

 5:00 – Teams assemble on their respective goal line.

 4:30 – Visiting Team is announced – starters (with exception of the goalie) skate to their own blue line. Once the last player is skating toward the blue line, the remaining players will skate to the blue line.

 3:30 – Home Team is announced – starters (with exception of the goalie) skate to their own blue line. Once the last player is skating toward the blue line, the remaining players will skate to the blue line.

 2:30 – National Anthem is played

  0:00 – Timekeeper puts 25:00 on the clock; game starts.

Prior to each Period

The timekeeper puts 15:00 on the clock and starts once all players have exited the ice.

4:00 – The team and officials are notified that three minutes remain before teams are to take the ice.

2:00 – Officials take the ice

1:00 – The home team takes the ice.

0:50 – The visiting team takes the ice

0:00 – Period starts.

Overtime Protocols

If Overtime in Consolation or Championship Play on April 18

The overtime will consist of one 10-minute period. The ice will not be resurfaced. A full complement of six players per side permitted on the ice.

Goalies will not switch ends from period three.

If the game is still tied after the overtime, a shootout will take place.  Each team will choose (and present the numbers of those players to the officials) three different players to partake in the first round of the shootout.  If still tied after the first round two different players will be chosen to partake in round two of the shootout.  Round three of a shootout, will be one player at a time until a winner is determined.  All players on the roster (except goaltenders) for that game, must take their turn at attempting to score before any player can go twice.

Competition Reminders

• All penalties carry into overtime.

• Teams only get “one” time-out per game.

• Requests for on-ice equipment inspection/measurement “will not” be permitted, except stick measurement as that is permitted.

• Instruct teams to contact the CHF (off-ice) supervisor/commissioner for equipment concerns.

*If games run longer than expected, we will take 15 minutes at the end of the game to dry-cut the ice prior to warm-ups, followed by a complete ice cut before the start of the next game.

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