Nomad Cup Information

The 2024 Nomad Cup takes place at the Boutiliers Point Outdoor Rink in Boutiliers Point, Nova Scotia.  It’s just West of Halifax and in close proximity to world famous Peggy’s Cove. You can go to Google Maps and type “Boutiliers Point Outdoor Rink” and you will find it. 

If you are coming from Halifax, take the 103 to exit 5A, then the 2nd exit at the roundabout.  Turn left 700m later at Island View Drive, follow that until you see the rink on your right at Christie’s Rd.

We ask you not to park right in front of the rink as we are keeping that space for sponsors/vendors, and player drop off.

Please note that this is an outdoor tournament which can greatly be effected by weather conditions.  Unsafe weather or ice conditions may result in the postponement or cancellation of the tournament, but we will do our best to make a decision a week in advance. 

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The tournament will feature 2 divisions with an Open division for anyone to participate in, and a Women’s division. The Women’s division will have 8 teams with the open division having 12.  Teams will play 3 games with the top teams competing in semi final action Sunday morning, followed by finals Sunday afternoon.

Nomad Cup Ice Hockey outdoorsEach game is comprised of two fifteen minute halves with a few minutes between to switch ends to account for environmental factors that could influence a game.   

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Tournament Rules

  • At the beginning of each game, players from both teams will be required to give the ice a quick shovel to help maintain the ice.
  • Each game will consist of a 35 minute time slot.  This included a 3 minute warmup, a 15 minute half, an end change, then a final 15 minute half.
  • All players are responsible for their own safety both on and off the ice, which includes wearing proper equipment.  As this tournament uses goaltenders, you can expect pucks to be elevated at times.  With this in mind we recommend players to dress as they would if they were playing a normal game indoors, with a minimum of skates, shin pads, pants, gloves, and a helmet being required.
  • Helmets are required to be worn by players at all times while on the ice surface.
  • Full slap shots will not be allowed, but you can wind up to the height of your knee.
  • All teams are required to have light and dark jerseys available for their games, noting that the HOME team will wear their LIGHT jerseys and the AWAY team will wear their DARK jerseys, unless the teams have made other arrangements between themselves. (In this case please notify the referee to ensure we score the game correctly)
  • An on ice official will be there to monitor the play of the game, monitoring game time, keeping score, and is the arbiter of infractions.
  • Minor infractions will result in the offending team handing over possession of the puck and giving 2 stick lengths of space upon restart.
  • The official reserves the right to award a penalty shot for major or flagrant infractions, or any infraction negating a scoring chance.
  • Penalty shots must be taken within 30 seconds and may be taken by any player on the ice.
  • Following a penalty shot, ***the team awarded the penalty shot*** will take possession of the puck in their own end REGARDLESS of whether the penalty shot results in a goal or not.
  • Any major penalty, including any action which could injure another player, will result in the offending player being ejected from the tournament.
  • Abuse of officials is considered a major penalty.
  • No bodychecking is allowed.  Such action will be considered a minor infraction unless it is severe enough to be deemed major by the official.
  • There are no offside or icing calls
  • When a puck goes out of play, the team who last touched the puck will forfeit possession and provide 2 stick lengths of space to the opposition upon restart.
  • Goals may be scored from any place on the ice.
  • There is no stoppage of play after a goal is scored, but all players who had the goal scored against them must return to their half of the ice before moving the puck over the centre ice line.
  • Teams must give their opponents 1/2 ice after a goal (half ice is forfeited once the puck or a player on the attacking team crosses centre ice, or once 10 seconds with possession has elapsed, whichever comes first).
  • Finalized rosters can not be altered and no substitutions can be made after 10pm on the night before the opening of the tournament, unless special commendations have been made.
  • Play will not automatically be deemed dead if the puck makes contact with the goaltender’s helmet, however, if the official deems there to be a safety concern, the play may be stopped.  A goal may also be called back if a puck contacting a goalie’s head is deemed to impact the goalie’s ability to make a play.
  • Team captains must sign the score sheet after the game to confirm/accept the score.  Game scores can not be contended once the sheet has been signed by both captains.
  • In the event of a forfeit during pool play, a team will receive a win and be assigned a number of goals equal to the average number of goals scored during their other games, both for (rounded up) and against (rounded down).  These goals will be assigned at the end of pool play.
  • Games will be played with a maximum of 4 players per side on the ice, plus goaltenders.
  • Wins are worth 3 points, ties are worth 1 point.  There will be no overtime during pool play.
  • In the event of a tie, the tiebreaker order is as follows; most wins, head to head record, most goals for, fewest goals against, coin toss.
  • Playoff round games requiring overtime will be decided by 3 on 3 sudden death overtime with no time limit until a winner is decided.
  • We expect players to self manage their games to assist officials and ensure sportsmanship and fair play.
  • Fighting is completely unacceptable and if any player on a team fights, the entire team will be removed from the tournament.  There is no place for that behaviour in this kind of hockey.
  • It is the responsibility of each team captain to ensure these rules have been read by each player on their roster.

Tournament Policies

  • Team entries will NOT be processed without FULL payment of fees 
  • All players must be a minimum of 19 years of age on the starting day of the tournament.
  • All participants will be required to sign a waiver of liability and provide photo ID to verify an age of 19 or over at registration if requested.
  • Any one player may only participate on a single team during the tournament 
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to add or delete rules.  All teams will be notified of said rule changes via their team representative.
  • The organizing committee reserves the right to prohibit any player or team from participating if they are deemed to cause safety concerns.
  • In the event that the Nomad Cup tournament is cancelled for inclement weather or unsafe ice conditions, fees will be refunded less a $20 processing fee
  • All players will be required to wear bottom equipment at minimum, including skates, shin pads, and hockey pants.  Shoulder pads and elbow pads are strongly recommended but not required.  Helmets are required on the ice at all times.Nomad Cup