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CGHL Constitution - As of August 2011
Constitution of the City Gents Hockey League
October 2004, August 2011
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.
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
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.
The League Governors can amend or change rules
from time to time, at their discretion, to benefit the League.
Board of Governors
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 meetings.
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
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).
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.
8) 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 retroactively.
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 League.
6) Shall be responsible for commencement of League
a) Booking of appropriate ice times in city arenas
b) Making arrangements for League game officials
c) Calling of the first League meeting for each season
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 to return.
f) Making arrangements for League schedules
g) Making arrangements for the annual banquet
h) Is chair of the annual All Star Game Committee
7) Shall set agendas for all League meetings.
8) Shall act as the spokesperson for the League.
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
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 upcoming
2) Shall read the minutes of the previous meeting.
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
5) Shall, upon notification by the President,
advise all members of the League Executive and the Board of Governors of any
6) Shall supply to the League Executive and Board
of Governors a current report of the financial position of the League at a
monthly League meeting.
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 of
8) Shall ensure that all monthly debts are paid in
accordance with the terms advised.
Statistician and Timekeeper
The statistician/timekeeper’s primary
responsibility is to record and report on all relevant League statistics
arising from the playing of all League games.
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 be responsible for preparing a written
game report for each game and retaining a copy.
3) Shall advise local media of all games to be
played and the results of each game.
4) 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
5) Shall maintain the League Website .
6) Shall issue a complete team roster to each
member of the Board of Governors one-week after player registration deadline.
7) Shall keep records of all suspensions and other
statistics relative to team play.
8) 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.
Suspension Appeals Board
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
The decision of the Suspension Appeals Board
shall be by a majority vote and the decision shall be final.
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 opposing
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.
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
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.
2) If there is a tie for a group based on points then the tie is
broken as follows:
Case 1. In order of priority based
on regular season totals.
a) record between the two teams.
b) greatest number of wins.
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.
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 playoffs:
First Round: Best of Three Series.
1 vs. 8
2 vs. 7
3 vs. 6
4 vs. 5
Second 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 other.
Third Round: Best of Five Final Series
The two remaining teams play each other for the
In the spirit of fair play there will also be a
consolation playoff series.
First Round: 9 vs 12 and 10 vs 11, best of three
Second 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 18 years of age by October 30th
of the playing year. A variance may be
granted with a majority vote of the Board of Governors.
4) Deadline for player registration will be Oct.
31 of the playing season and must be submitted to the President. 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
20 per team and the minimum number is 12 players. Note: The goalie is considered a
7) A first year player must play fifteen (15)
regular season games to be eligible for playoffs. A goalie must play ten (10)
regular season games to be eligible for playoffs.
8) Teams may pick up a registered goaltenders from
another CGHL team or similar caliber league during emergency situations only.
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
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
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 deadline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The player shall be fined in the amount of fifteen ($15.00) dollars. Player
remains suspended until fine is paid to the Secretary/Treasurer or the
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 twenty-five ($25.00) 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.
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
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 two payment installments with due
dates set out by the league. Teams will
be fined $5 per day for late payment of the first installment and subsequently
$10 per day for late payment of the final payment.
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
suspensions and fines will be carried over to any subsequent season for which
the player registers.
Effective 2011-2012 season teams caught 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