Eastern Exposure Hockey and ESE Hockey, 2022 Paradise Puck are governed by the rules of USA Hockey, and it is the responsibility of each player, coach and team manager to be familiar with these rules and ensure all participating players and coaches are registered with USA hockey for insurance purposes.

The Paradise Cup Event Contacts are Matt Miles 802-595-0860 and Steve Oleksy 586-630-9947

Tournament/ Showcase Management

The Tournament/ Showcase Management shall be responsible for resolving all inquires or disputes regarding off-ice rule application or interpretation, player eligibility, disciplinary action and any other procedural disputes. Eastern Exposure Hockey-ESE Hockey supports the USA Hockey zero tolerance initiatives for verbal abuse of any player, official, parent or spectator. The Tournament/ Showcase Management or arena staff reserves the right to remove any violator from the premises. He/she will not overturn any dispute concerning rules and/or the judgment applied by on-ice officials. All decisions of the Tournament/ Showcase Management are final.

USA HOCKEY/ HOCKEY CANADA ROSTER SUBMISSION — A USA Hockey Official Team Roster Form (1-T) approved by the District or Associate Registrar or Hockey Canada Certified Player Roster approved by the governing Canadian federation is required for all participating teams and shall be proof that all participating teams are properly registered and all participants are playing in the appropriate age classification and level. Official USA Hockey rosters or Hockey Canada rosters must be submitted to Eastern Exposure Hockey-ESE Hockey at least 10 days before the event start date.

TEAM PLAY ROSTER : Rosters submitted must match the team’s verified/approved USA Hockey Official Team Roster (1-T) or Hockey Canada Certified Player Roster. No changes will be permitted. Rosters are frozen on the first day once the puck drops for the first game.

All players are 2011 birth year or younger unless otherwise approved by tournament management.

HOME TEAM/ AWAY TEAM – as determined by the schedule. The home team will wear Dark Colored Jerseys and the away lite unless otherwise agreed to by the coaches prior to the game

MOUTH GUARDS— All players are required to wear a colored, non-clear (Rule 304F) mouth guards (Squirt players excepted as per USA Hockey), or as per their Organization’s directive (per out of country teams).

ICE CUT—An ice cut will follow at the end of every game. All games will start on clean ice.

READY TIME—All teams must be ready to play 15 minutes prior to their scheduled start time.

TIMEOUTS—There are NO timeouts for this event. A timeout will be allotted when teams are in "Playoff Games". A timeout is 30 Seconds

WARM UP: three (3) minutes.

LATE TO ICE—If a team is late getting on to the ice for warm-up, they can be assessed a 1:30 penalty for delay of game.

MERCY RULE—Play clock will go to running time if goal differential is 6.

ICING—Per the new 2022-2023 USA Hockey regulations

CHECKING—Per USA Hockey regulations there is NO CHECKING at this event

PENALTIES—Minor 1:30 minutes, Major 4:00, Misconduct 10:00

FIGHTING—Fighting is strictly prohibited. Any player involved in a fight may be dismissed at the discretion of tournament management and referees. If a game is interrupted by on ice fighting between players and /or bench staff, then the clock will continue to run. Games times will not be restored until the whistle has blown on the play that immediately follows the on-ice fight. Minutes lost will not be restored.

GAME PLAY in a Tournament Situation

Three 15-minute periods, no ice clean. 

3-minute warm-up before each game.

Round Robin (play down) games will be scored with:

2 points for a win

1 point for a tie

0 points for a loss

Standings and Playoff Seeds will be determined by (in order)

1)Most Points

2) Head to Head(this will only be considered if all tied teams have played each other)

3) Goal differential (total goals for - total goals against)

4) Least goals against overall

5) Coin Toss

Playoff Rules in a Tournament Situation

Semi-Final and Final games will be three 15-minute stopped time periods

Each team will be allowed (1) :30 second timeout in playoff games only

If playoff game is tied after regulation, we will go to Overtime/Shootout


For OT - Teams will skate 3-on-3 for 1 x 5 minute sudden death period.

If a team is assessed a penalty; teams will skate 4-on-3 for the length of the penalty. Once the penalty is over, the game will proceed with 4 on 3 play until a whistle blows the play dead. Teams will then revert back to 3 on 3 hockey.

If there is no winner during the overtime period, a shootout will determine the game winner.

Shootouts- will be 3 players as designated by each coach

Home team will have choice of shooting first or second

If teams remain tied after the first 3 rounds, in turn, the shootout will go player by player until a winner is determined. (Sudden Death)

All players must take part in the shootout before a player can shoot again.

A player serving a penalty at the end of OT cannot take part in shootout.


In the unfortunate event of one or more teams cancelling just before or during the tournament due to pandemic related issues, Exposure Hockey-ESE Hockey will make efforts to adjust the schedules for other teams impacted SOLEY at their discretion.

If we are unable to accommodate rescheduling, the cancelling team’s games will be treated as if they no-showed, and the games will be recorded as a 1-0 forfeit, with their scheduled opponents awarded a 2-point victory in the results and standings, and +1 goal differential. NOTE: WE WILL RESCHEDULE UP UNTIL THE WEEK OF THER EVENT IF SOMEONE DROPS OUT. We understand the potential implications of this, and will work to avoid it, but a solution to everyone’s satisfaction and/or that impacts many more teams may not be possible especially on short notice. We have structured our divisions to try to minimize these potential impacts.

If the cancelling team is in an 8-team division, they will be designated as 8th place, and the 1st place team will get a bye in the playoff quarter-finals.
Exposure Hockey-ESE Hockey may try to find a fill-in opponent for one or more games so the remaining team(s) will have actual games to play during the round robin schedules, but these results will not count towards the tournament standings or impact the tournament or playoff structure in any way.

During this time of Covid 19, the rules of the State and the restrictions placed by the State and the Country will be followed. Such restrictions as use of facemasks, social distancing, and rink capacity/ spectator viewing guidelines will be enforced if in place at the current time, pursuant to the restrictions outlined by the State Governor at the time of the event. Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms will not be permitted entry. Teams or individuals who feel unwell or report signs of illness or fever will be asked to stay home. 

Event Cancelation

If Exposure Hockey-ESE Hockey is prevented by circumstances outside of its control from hosting an event due to a restriction on sports imposed by emergency governmental order or if Exposure Hockey cancels an event in its sole discretion, all teams registered-paid to play will receive a portion or full registration fees paid to Exposure Hockey-ESE Hockey. Refunds will be paid in the same form of payment that was made by the team.  Credit cards will be refunded the amount, minus the processing fee


Eastern Exposure Hockey-ESE Hockey will not be responsible for any injury to teams and/or team members and/or supporters. This includes arena(s), school property, hotels, and anywhere else teams and supporters travel throughout the weekend.

Paradise Cup Agreement shall be executed-acknowledged prior to the start of the Tournament/Showcase. Failure to sign the release form results in removal from the Tournament / Showcase.

Eastern Exposure Hockey-ESE Hockey will not be held responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Locker rooms and all areas of the arena and property are to be left in spotless condition. Failure to abide by this can result in dismissal of the tournament. If you see an area in poor condition, please bring it to the attention of Eastern Exposure Hockey-ESE Hockey promptly.

Tournament / Showcase personnel and team representatives ONLY are allowed on the bench and in locker room areas. Parents are not permitted in the locker room area or on the team bench at any time.

A refund for the Tournament/ Showcase for any reason, is solely at the sole discretion of Eastern Exposure Hockey-ESE Hockey. There is no refund guarantee for any circumstances.

Photo/Video/Social Media Consent

By allowing your program to play in the Paradise Cup by ESE and Exposure Hockey and officially acknowledging the rules and regulations for this event, your entire team(s) gives consent for photographs to be taken, consent for video to be recorded of all activities related to the Eastern Exposure Hockey-ESE Hockey, Paradise Cup, Skills weekends and Tournament/ Showcase gatherings. Exposure Hockey Group-ESE Hockey  has the right to use all media assets collected for publicity purposes: on the Eastern Exposure-ESE  website, in brochures, flyers and news releases, as well as Social media posts and presentations to future prospective program participants. By signing Eastern Exposure Hockey Groups-ESE Hockey consent form at registration, you shall understand that you will receive no compensation for such uses. We retain the right to have any photographs discontinued from use in any or all of Eastern Exposure Hockey Groups-ESE Hockey venues upon request, and if, at any time, you wish photograph(s) to be discontinued from any of the above, it is your programs responsibility to contact the tournament director, Matt Miles, ( 802-595-0860 or to make this request.

As a group you must confirm and understand all of the items in this document and ensure every program member and participant understands the same.