Rules and Regulations

All Sky Rink Adult Hockey (SRAH) games are to be played under USA Hockey rules. The following rules are unique to the SRAH program and are enforced on top of the USA Hockey Rulebook. 

USA Hockey 

Chelsea Piers – Sky Rink is a non-USA Hockey sanctioned facility, which means all adult teams and players participating in SRAH do not need to be registered with USA Hockey before participating in a SRAH game. 

Referees are certified by USA Hockey and follow the USA Hockey Rulebook. 

Game Logistics 

SRAH teams will be entitled to a full five-minute warm-up. 

Warm-up time will start: 

SRAH will play three (3) 15-minute stopped time periods with a one-minute break between periods: 

Sky Rink will provide two (2) referees, one (1) timekeeper and about 20 warm-up pucks. 

During ice resurfacing between games, NO PLAYERS are allowed on the ice. Players may take the ice only after Olympia doors are closed. 


Each team roster is to have no more than 20 skaters and one goalie. D7 and D8 teams may roster 23 skaters and one goalie. 

The Director of Hockey must approve mid-season roster changes due to injury or other unforeseen circumstances. 

Pre-rosters must be posted on the website by each team’s first game. Final rosters must be posted by each team’s fifth game. The final roster must be emailed to the league director so he can have a hard copy that can only be changed upon request. 

All roster checks must be requested before the start of the game or before the start of the second period. 

If a roster check is called and the player being called out is actually on the roster, the team who calls for the check gets a two-minute penalty for delay of game. If the player is not on the roster, he will leave the game and the team will get a five-minute major served by the captain (or acting captain) and the captain could possibly face suspension. Additionally, if the player that is not on the roster has any goals in the game, the team who called the roster check will have the option to take a forfeit win. 

Also, please remember that most captains understand how difficult it is to field a full team on specific nights/times. Most of you guys are friends and can relate to the difficulties of being a captain. The Adult Hockey director is open to the connecting of captains to discuss the use of a player for a game if need be and allowing another team to give approval to use a player if needed. Hopefully this can be done as a last resort. 



The schedule will only be available on the web site at 

All changes to the schedules will be updated on the website as soon as the changes arise. 

Captains will receive email notification about game changes and rescheduling. 


SRAH referees are appointed to games by the Head Referee. 

Referees are at all times in full control of events leading up to, during, and after each SRAH game. 

Referees are never allowed to cut the five-minute warm-up short for any reason. 

All referees decisions off-ice and on-ice are final. 

The Director of Hockey is only entitled to add to referees’ decisions, (i.e. Supplementary Discipline), never to overrule referees’ decisions. 

Referees complaints can be voiced to the Director of Hockey at any time, either verbally after the game or via phone call or email the next day: 


Penalties assessed to any given player may include one or all of the following: 


In the event of a team not having a goalie for a game, captains may call the Adult Hockey Office for a replacement or access the emergency goalie list that will be distributed via email to all captains. 

If a team does not have a goalie to start the game, that team will forfeit. We will not allow six skaters (one playing goalie) for an entire game due to injuries to players in the net without adequate equipment. A team must have a goalie to start the game. 

In the event of a goalie being given a game misconduct during a game, the team must finish the game with no goalie and six skaters. No skater is to stand in the net and take shots. If this happens, the team will automatically forfeit the game. 


Forfeits of Adult Hockey games will happen under the following situations: 

Running Time and Privileges

A game will resort to running time in the third period if any one of the following occurs: 

In the event of a game score within two goals the final two-minutes will be stop time

A player that receives four penalties in one game will be ejected from the game.


Throughout the course of a season teams will play games against division rivals to accumulate points towards the post season or playoffs. Points will be awarded for the following: 

At the conclusion of the season and in the event of a point tie between two teams, the following will be used to break the tie, in this order: 

  1. Head to Head Competition 
  2. Wins 
  3. Plus/Minus 
  4. Goals Against 
  5. Goals For 

In the event of a three-team or higher tie, Head to Head will not be used and the first breaker will be Wins. 


Overtime games in the regular season will be played 4on4. 

Overtime games in the playoffs will be decided first by a 5on5, five-minutes overtime. Then, if need be, by a three-player shootout: 


The following playoff formats will occur for divisions with different numbers of participating teams: 

In divisions with nine or less teams, the top four teams will make the playoffs with #1 vs #4 and #2 vs #3. The winners will advance to the Best of Three Championship. 

In divisions with ten teams, the top six teams will make the playoffs. The first and second seeded teams will be granted a bye in the first round. 

Winners advance to the divisional playoffs

Round #1 Round #2 Round #3
#1 Bye #1 vs #4 Championship
#2 Bye #2 vs #3 Best of Three 
#3 vs #6     
#4 vs #5    

In divisions with 11 or more teams, the top eight teams will make the playoffs. 

Round #1 Round #2 Round #3
#1 vs #8 #1 vs #4 Championship
#2 vs #7 #2 vs #3 Best of Three 
#3 vs #6     
#4 vs #5    

Each round, the winning teams will be reseeded based upon the final divisional standings. 


All players are to participate in SRAH wearing full equipment. 

Any player caught using broken equipment will not be allowed to continue playing until the equipment is fixed to avoid injury to player and opposing players. 

Full facemasks are to be worn at all times: 

Please review these rules and regulations. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to ask at any time.