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CGHL Constitution - As of August 2016
The Constitution of the City Gents Hockey League
Revised October 2004, August 2011, September
Article 1 Purpose of the League
The City Gents Hockey League (CGHL) was formed, and exists today, to
promote sportsmanship, goodwill and foster the sport of hockey on a friendly
and competitive basis.
The rules, by-laws and regulations of both the CAHA and NBAHA, as well
as any other rules, by-laws or amendments imposed by the League itself within
this Constitution, shall govern the League.
Article 2 League Administration
The governing body of the League shall consist of a Board of Governors
and an Executive.
The League Board of Governors shall consist of one voting representative
from each team that completed the previous season.
The League Executive shall consist of a President, Secretary/Treasurer
and Vice-president. This Executive will be elected by a two-thirds majority
vote of the Board of Governors at the beginning of the season and will sit on
the Board of Governors until the first League meeting of the following year.
The President and Secretary/Treasurer are to receive an honorarium, to
be determined by the League Board of Governors, and to be paid in two equal
payments in December and March. In addition, there will be an executive
expense account to be used to cover incidental costs associated with League
activities. Reimbursement to be based on receipts provided.
Article 3 Powers of the Executive
All members of the Executive shall refrain from making any public
comment or statement on any League matters that have not yet come before the
Board of Governors.
Governors can amend or change rules from time to time, at their discretion, to
benefit the League, as approved by majority, with the President / Co- President
having a vote in the event of a tie.
The Board of Governors shall consist of a representative and an
alternate from each team in the League. No more than two members of any team
shall attend a meeting and each team is allowed only one vote at League
To hold an official League meeting a quorum shall consist of a
representation of a simple majority of teams in the League (i.e. 12 teams:an
official quorum is seven (7)).
1) Shall be responsible for the passing of
any rule changes.
2) Shall be responsible for the passing of
any constitution amendments and/or changes.
3) Shall have jurisdiction over the
admittance of any new teams.
4) Shall have jurisdiction over anything not
specifically covered in the constitution.
5) All decisions of the Board of Governors
must be passed by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present (Quorum), No Proxy Votes allowed – Must have
6) All members of the League Executive are
to be elected by a two-thirds majority vote of the members present (quorum).
7) Shall have the power to remove from
office, for just cause, any member of the Executive by a two-thirds majority
vote of the members present (quorum).
a) Shall, within one week of the removal of
the Executive member from office, appoint an individual as his replacement.
Any team not having a representative at an official League meeting, without
just cause and prior notification, shall be fined twenty-five ($25.00) dollars.
Note: Any rule changes or changes in the constitution shall not be
passed until after a second League meeting and shall not be applied
The President and or Co –
1) Shall preside at all Executive and/or
League meetings, and may at his discretion order the calling of any such
meeting by notifying the Secretary/Treasurer.
2) Shall have the power to issue a
suspension to any member of the League for any infraction of the rules and
by-laws in accordance with the guidelines set out in Articles 7 and 8.
3) Shall vote only in the event of a split
vote by the Board of Governors.
4) Shall serve as a consultant to the
Suspension Appeals Board and shall vote on a suspension appeal only when a
Board member must disqualify himself from a vote due to a conflict of interest.
5) Shall be considered the trustee of the
6) Shall be responsible for commencement of
League operations including:
a) Booking of appropriate ice times in city
b) Making arrangements for League game
c) Calling of the first League meeting for
d) Issuing invitations to all teams from the
City Gents Hockey League of the previous season to rejoin the League.
e) Make arrangements for a replacement for any team, which decides not
f) Making arrangements for League schedules
g) Making arrangements for the annual
banquet if so desired by the League Governors
h) Is chair of the annual All Star Game
Committee if so desired by the League Governors
7) Shall set agendas for all League
8) Shall act as the spokesperson for the
9) May appoint special committees.
10) Ensures that all members adhere to the
rules and regulations of the CGHL.
11) Attends as many games as possible.
12) Presents awards and/or trophies to their
recipients at the appropriate time and place.
13) Assists the Secretary/Treasurer with
maintaining an effective and efficiently operated hockey league.
14) Communicates regularly with on-ice and off-ice
The Vice-President and/or
Co Vice President
1) Shall assume all the responsibilities of
the President in his absence.
2) Shall have a vote upon the removal of any
member of the Board of Trustees.
1) Shall provide a written agenda for the
2) Shall read the minutes of the previous
3) Shall produce copies of the minutes of
the previous meeting for the Board of Governors and the Board of Trustees.
4) Shall record the minutes for any meeting
of the League.
5) Shall, upon notification by the
President, advise all members of the League Executive and the Board of
Governors of any upcoming meeting.
6) Shall supply to the League Executive and
Board of Governors a current report of the financial position of the League in Regularly scheduled league meetings.
7) Shall record all financial transactions
for the League and prepare a year end report of all financial transactions
which occurred during the year to be presented to the Executive and the Board
8) Shall ensure that all monthly debts are
paid in accordance with the terms advised.
The statistician/timekeeper’s primary responsibility is to record and
report on all relevant League statistics arising from the playing of all League
The statistician/timekeeper will be paid for his/her services on a
regular basis throughout the season at the rate which is to be determined on a
per hour/game basis.
1) Shall serve as timekeeper for all League
games or, in the event of his absence, shall make arrangements for a suitable
replacement to fulfill his duties.
2) Shall advise the President of any major
infractions such as fighting, misconduct’s, match penalties, etc. as soon as
possible after the infraction and forward a copy of the game report to
the President along with any written comments by the referees or officials.
3) Shall maintain and
update the League Website.
4) Shall update
website with a team roster one-week after player
5) Shall keep records of all suspensions and
other statistics relative to team play (website).
6) Shall inform the officials and players
(by way of clock) as to the amount of time available for warm-up and shall ensure
that the game clock starts on time.
A three man committee, plus an alternate, appointed by the Board of
Governors, along with the President of the League, shall deal with any appeals
of suspensions or protests that the players or teams feel have been
unjustifiably dealt with by the President in his original decision.
The decision of the Suspension Appeals Board shall be by a majority vote
and the decision shall be final.
Article 4 Protests / Appeals
The procedure for the filing of a protest or appeal is as follows:
1) The protesting team shall notify the
opposing team of the protest before the completion of the game.
2) The President must be notified within 48
hours of the completion of the game under protest.
3) The protesting team or appealing player
shall forward a written copy of the protest to the President and to the
4) A sum of $50.00 shall be forwarded with
the written copy of the protest.
5) The President shall then render his
decision within 48 hours of receiving the official protest.
6) The $50.00 will be returned to the
protesting team if the protest is ruled in their favor.
7) If the team or player feels the
President’s decision is wrong or unjust, the team or player can appeal the
decision to the Suspension Appeals Board whose decision will be final.
8) All applicable points will be awarded to
the team that wins the protest.
Constitutional fines / suspensions will not be appealable
Article 5 Official Tie Breaking Rules
1) There are no overtime games except for
the playoffs. After regulation time has been played during the playoffs and
there is still a tie, a 5 minute sudden death will be played. Upon completion
of the 5 minute sudden death, and a tie still remains, a shootout consisting of
3 players chosen from each team will occur and a winner will be decided. If
there is still a tie after the 3 player shootout, (1) new individual
player will be chosen from each team until one player scores and a winner will
be declared, and until all players on bench are used there will be
no repeat players used in shootout.
In the regular season games, ties count as one point in the
standings and the group winners are determined by the highest number of points
awarded in aggregate for the regular season games. Two points will be
awarded for a win and zero points for a loss.
there is a tie for a group based on points then the tie is broken as follows:
1. In order of priority based on regular season totals.
a) greatest number of wins.
b) record between the two teams.
c) greatest positive difference of goals for and against.
d) highest total of goals for.
e) least amount of penalty minutes.
f) if there is still a tie then the two teams will play a playoff game of
which the team winning will win the group. The time of the game will be agreed
to by the two teams.
Case 2. Three (3) or more teams tied in points for a group.
a) best record among the teams from playing only those games against the tied
b) the same as case 1.
c) the same as case 1.
d) the same as case 1.
e) the same as case 1.
f) if there is still a tie, the remaining tied teams will play a mini-game of
5-minute periods starting one (1) hour after the regular season games are over.
If three or more teams are still tied after applying these rules, then
the mini-games will be played in a round-robin fashion. If there is still a
tie, the results of the mini-games shall count as a round-robin result and the
above rules shall be applied.
Article 6 Playoff Format
The top eight teams
during the regular season will qualify for the playoffs for the League
Championship. The following format will apply for the League Championship
Round: Best of Three Series.
1 vs. 8
2 vs. 7
3 vs. 6
4 vs. 5
Round: Best of Three Series
The four winners of the
first round shall advance to the semifinals. The top
remaining team shall
play the lowest ranked team, with the two remaining
teams playing each
Round: Best of Five Final Series
The two remaining teams
play each other for the League Championship.
In the spirit of fair
play there will also be a consolation playoff series.
Round: 9 vs 12 and 10 vs 11, best of three
Round: Best of Three Final Series
Article 7 General Rules
The rules herein set down by the City Gents Hockey League shall prevail
and in all other instances the CAHA and/or NBAHA rules shall apply.
1) The City Gents Hockey League shall
consist of twelve (12) teams. Each team will be required to maintain a $150.00
performance bond (to be topped up and/or paid at the first of each season) to
cover the payment of any fines incurred during the year.
2) The teams shall play a balanced, 33 game
schedule, playing each other team three (3) times.
3) Players must be 25
years of age by Oct 30th of playing year. Each team may have 2 players under 25
but over 21 years of age by Oct 30 of playing year. Players under 25 having
played in 2014-2015 will be grand fathered.
4) Deadline for player registration will be
Oct. 31 of the playing season and must be submitted to the League Statistician. Any players registered
with this League cannot play in any other organized League in which full
contact is permitted.
5) Each team is permitted to carry up to
three (3) players who played at the senior hockey level or higher during the
previous season. Two (2) of those must have played previously in
the CGHL thereby allowing only one new player per team who played senior hockey
or higher during the previous season.
6) Maximum number of registered players
allowed is 21 per team and the
minimum number is 12 players. Note: The goalie is considered a player.
7) Each player must play
12 regular season games in order to be eligible for play offs (Sept 2015 ).
8) Teams may pick up a registered
goaltenders from another CGHL team or similar caliber league during emergency
9) Any team caught playing with unregistered
players shall forfeit the game or games in which the ineligible player
10) A team must ice 5 skaters and a
goaltender to constitute a team. The game may begin without a goaltender,
however, the team must have a properly equipped goaltender on the ice by the
6:00 minute mark of the 1st period. Failure to do so shall result in the
forfeiture the game.
11) Forfeited games will result in the team
forfeiting to reimburse the other team one hundred and fifty dollars ($150)
plus the points for that game. This fine must be paid within 7 days and will be
paid to the League, which will then turn it over to the other team. If the fine
is not paid within the seven days, the team forfeiting will be suspended from
further play until the fine is paid. If both teams forfeit the fine will be
paid by both teams directly to the League. A forfeited game is not a League-sanctioned
12) The CGHL will not allow any team in the
League to postpone a regularly scheduled game (exceptions may take place at the
discretion of the League Executive).
13) Each team is allowed one captain and no
more than two alternates. These players must have a jersey clearly marked in
contrasting colors with “C” or “A”. Only these players will be allowed to speak
to a referee over a dispute.
14) Mandatory equipment - helmets properly
fastened with chin straps, gloves, pants, and shin guards. Goaltenders must
also wear facemasks.
15) Sticks must be in good condition with no
cracked or splintered edges, etc.
16) Teams must have team sweaters of the same
color and sweater numbers must be assigned each player on registration
Senior teams shall have preference with existing team colors.
17) Teams are permitted to take a 30-second
time out, provided that the score of the game is within a five-goal spread and
there is time permitting.
18) A maximum of 10 goals total will be
released to the media. Any personal goals or assists above the 10 goals shall
be credited as usual.
19) Players and teams are to be held
responsible (i.e. including financial restitution) for their actions and for
any damage done to any arena and/or personal or public damages while playing
with the City Gents Hockey League.
20) Teams may have their membership suspended
or canceled if their money is not paid by date set by the League at the
beginning of any new season.
21) All minor penalties are two minutes in
duration during stop time (three minutes if the clock reverts to straight
time). All major penalties are five minutes in duration during stop time (seven
minutes if the clock reverts to straight time).
22) All high stick infractions will be
treated as minor penalties (i.e., two minutes) unless an injury occurs, and
then the infraction will be treated as a major penalty.
23) Slapshots will be permitted.
24) The CGHL will play three twelve-minute
stop time periods during all regular season and playoff games. If with five
minutes or less remaining in the third period, the goal spread is five or more,
the timekeeper will be instructed to allow the clock to run on straight time.
Stop time will take effect again if a sufficient number of goals are scored to
reduce the goal spread to less than five (last five minutes of any game only).
25) Delayed offside will be observed in
an effort to speed up play and to eliminate unnecessary stoppages in play. As
well, the removal of the center ice red line will be observed in relation to
two line offside for the same reasons.
*Note: Pending trial period and final approval
26) If there is 6 minutes or less remaining in the scheduled time slot
and there is a greater amount of time remaining on the game clock, the
timekeeper and referee are instructed to reduce the game clock time to equal
that of the remaining timeslot and all play will continue at straight time.
Both teams will be notified by the referee and timekeeper of this situation.
No timeouts will be allowed during this period of straight time.
Article 8. Major Penalties, Fines and Suspensions
Occurs in the first or second period, results in a suspension for the remainder
of that game and as well the subsequent game played by his team and a $25.00 fine.
Occurs in the third period results in a suspension for the remainder of that
game and the subsequent two (2) games played by his team and a $25.00 fine.
c) The fine will be applied to the team’s
Notwithstanding paragraph 1(b) above, any player assessed a second fighting
major penalty at any time during the same regular or playoff season, shall be
suspended immediately for the subsequent five (5) games played by his team and
he shall be fined Fifty ($50.00)
dollars which must be paid in the above manner before he is permitted to play.
Suspended immediately for a minimum of 10 games, Including playoffs and shall
be fined fifty ($50.00) dollars and must be voted back in by a majority vote of
the Board of Governors to be allowed to continue to play in the League.
1A) Misconducts; any player receiving 3 misconducts receives an
automatic $25 fine and 1 game suspension. Each ensuing misconduct results in an
additional $50 fine accompanied with a 1 game suspension. Players receiving 5
misconducts are eligible for additional suspension by the President.
2) Gross Misconducts/Match Penalties
- disciplinary action at the discretion of the President and a fine to a
maximum of fifty ($50.00). Suspensions of 10 games or greater must be accepted
back into play by a majority vote of the Board of Governors.
3) Minor Penalties - if in any game a player receives four minor penalties, he will be
ejected from that game. A double minor is considered to be two penalties.
4) If a player wishes to join our League
after being suspended from another League must be accepted into the League upon
review and approval by the board of governors.
5) The League Registration fee shall be divided
into 3 payments with dates set out by the league Executive. First payment
($500.) paid at first meeting, second payment ($2500.) at second meeting for a
total $3000 and third payment will be the balance due at date set by the league
executive. A $5.00 fine per day until commitment met after first meeting will
be applied and subsequently a $10.00 fine per day after second meeting if
commitment not met will be applied. “BALANCE OWING AT 5PM ON WEDNESDAY PRIOR TO
START OF LEAGUE PLAY WILL FORFIET FIRST GAME AND A FINE OF $180. WILL BE PAID
TO THE LEAGUE FOR EACH GAME UNTIL PAID IN FULL”
6) All team and individual fines assessed by
the League shall be collected by deducting an equal amount from the teams
existing performance bond held by the League. Should the teams
performance bond be insufficient to cover these fines, the team must make full
payment prior to their next game or risk possible suspensions as determined by
items not covered by the constitution will be addressed by the executive and
the Board of Governors
Note: All suspensions and fines will be carried over to any subsequent
season for which the player registers.
Narcotics: Effective 2011-2012 season teams caught smoking and or smoking
narcotics in the arenas will be fine $25 for first offense, $50 for second
offense and $100 for the third offense. Any team repeating the offense may be
subject to suspensions of games or removal from the League. The President shall
have express authority in such matters.