Ice Hockey Rules


  • Game time is forfeit time.
  • If you do not have a legal team ( 5 skaters and a goalie) at game time, your team must forfeit. You can play a game with a less-than-legal team; the game is recorded as a forfeit.
  • Ice time is tight to the minute; the clock starts at game time. Come plenty early to get your equipment.
  • No one is allowed on the ice once the Zamboni doors are open and until they are closed after an ice make.
  • No varsity hockey players are allowed on IM teams
  • Green (Rookie League) teams cannot have club hockey or retired varsity players.
  • Moosilauke teams may have two club hockey players, no retired varsity players.
  • Teams with more than two club players or any retired varsity players must play in the Granite League.


  • A Helmet with face mask is required.
  • Recommended: shin pads and gloves, a cup (for the men!)
  • Available for checkout with Dartmouth ID
  • Helmets with face masks
  • Shin guards
  • Gloves
  • Goalie equipment
  • Skates
  • Goalie sticks
  • Players provide:
    • Sticks (we have some sticks, but not enough to cover 2 teams)
    • Tape for shin guards

Basic Rules

  • Legal teams are 5 skaters and a goalie. Players may play on only one team. If teams compete with “borrowed” players, the game is recorded as a forfeit for the short-handed team.
  • All Leagues: Games are 30 minute straight play. The clock will start at game time.
  • No slap shots (shots taken from above the waist).
  • Offside is called in the Granite League only. No offside in Green, Moosilauke or Women's Leagues.
  • No checking of any kind.
    • Checking is any intentional body contact that causes a clear change in skating direction or impedes the progress of a player with or without possession of the puck. This includes but is not limited to any intentional body contact that causes a player to lose possession of the puck or any contact with players away from the puck that hinders their normal movement.


  • A goal is scored when a member of the attacking side propels the puck with his/her stick completely across the goal line inside the net posts.


  • Minor penalties, 90 seconds: e.g. tripping, holding, interference, slapshots.
  • Major penalties, 5 minutes: e.g.  body checking, spearing, flagrant fouls, butt ending.
  • Misconduct penalties, 10 minutes: e.g.  abusive language, disrespect of the officials, actions that incite or bait opponents.
  • Automatic Ejection from the game for throwing equipment. Automatic ejection from IM play for fighting.
  • Play nicely. Have fun. Be safe.