We are a Niagara based adult beginner hockey league. GHL Niagara. We are the original and best co-ed beginner hockey league. We have beginner players from all over the Niagara region, inscluding: St. Catharines, NOTL, Thorold, Virgil, Welland and Pelham.

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3-GAME PLAYOFF FORMAT - Select Division


In all games, each team will have 1 – 30 second time out. The clock will be stopped during this time.


Games in playoffs will be:

1st period – 15 minutes

2nd period – 20 minutes

3rd period – 20 minutes

If necessary – penalty shootout with 3 shooters per team. Goes to sudden death shootout after that if necessary.


Places determined from regular season standings.


 Week 1      
7:00 - 8:15 Game 1 Sabres (1) vs Seals (2) Fun Game
8:15 - 9:30 Game 2 Oilers (3) vs Flyers (6) QuarterFinals A
9:30 - 10:45 Game 3 Blues (4) vs Canucks (5) QuarterFinals B
Week 2      
  Game 1 1st place vs lowest seed winner from week 1 SemiFinal A
  Game 2 2nd place vs highest seed winner from week 1 SemiFinal B
  Game 3 loser of game 2 from week 1 vs loser of game 3 from week 1  
Week 3      
  Game 1 SemiFinal A winner from week 2 vs SemiFinal B winner from week 2 Championship Game
  Game 2 * SemiFinal A loser from week 2 vs Game 3 winner from week 2 Fun Game
  Game 3 * SemiFinal B loser from week 2 vs Game 3 loser from week 2 Fun Game


* In order to avoid the same game repeating from week 2, we may shuffle the teams in Game 2 / 3


Championship Game:

In the event of a tie, a five minute sudden death overtime period will be played.

- If still tied after 3 periods, and overtime, the game will go to a shootout. Each team will take 3 shots. If the game is still tied after 3 shots, the game will go to a sudden death shootout. Each team will take 1 shot until one team scores and the other does not. 

- Every player must shoot before someone can shoot for a second time. 


Tie Breaks 

- If two or more teams are tied, the GHL will use the following procedure to determine the final rankings.

                    1) Overall wins (wins x 2 points)

                    2) Head to Head wins (Tied Team A beat tied Team B before)

                    3Most Goals For

                    4) Least Goals Against

                    5) If still tied, Coin Flip