REALISTIC HOCKEY LEAGUE
HOCKEY INDEX
HOCKEY LEAGUE CONSTITUTION

GENERAL RULES
    1) Any rule change will require approval from 66% of the owners to be passed.
    2) The Commissioner must place all rule changes on a written agenda before they can be voted on.  No rule change can be brought forward and voted on unless it is placed on the agenda, so that all owners may have time to discuss the proposal.
   3) Rule changes may be voted on during the season but unless approved by 100% of the ownership will take effect only at the end of that season. Any rule changes approved by all owners can be put into effect immediately.
   4) The allocation of prize money will be determined as follows:
      a) first place at the end of the year - 35% of the total prize money (after administration costs).
      b) second place - 25% of the total prize money (after costs).
      c) third place - 15% of the total prize money (after costs).
      d) fourth place - 12% of the total prize money (after costs).
      e) fifth place - 8% of the total prize money (after costs).
      f) sixth place - 5% of the total prize money (after costs).
   5) The prize money above will only apply if the league is at a full compliment of 15 or 16 teams. If the league consists of 14 or less teams the pay-outs will revert to 5 positions with the sixth place money being allocated to the first place team so that the pay-out for first place would be 40% of the total prize money.
   6) The league reserves the right to remove any owner who is deemed not to act in the best interests of the league. A 100% approval from all owners except the owner in question will be required.
   7) Any owner who has not paid the amount owed for the entry fee ($175.00), farm system, buy outs or long term contracts will not be allowed to vote on rule changes.
   8) Any rule changes will be brought forward at the All Star break and will be conducted via email.
   9) The League will consist of 17 teams. If one or more owners quit, the League will have until August 15 to find suitable replacement owners. If new owners are not found by the cutoff date the League will proceed with whatever teams are available and search for new owners for the following year.

COMPOSITION OF TEAMS
   1) Each team will be composed of 21 players.
   2) The active roster will consist of 11 players made up of 6 forwards, 4 defencemen and 1 goalie. The active roster will be responsible for accumulating all the scoring points on a weekly basis.
   3) The remaining 10 players may be made up of players from any position. This group of players will make up the reserve roster.
   4) Any changes to the active roster must be submitted to the Commissioner before the first game of each Monday. In the event that the above is not available, roster changes may be submitted to a fellow owner before start of the first game on Monday.
   5) If no submissions are made or the submission is made after the start of the first game each Monday then the previous week's roster will be considered to be the current roster.
   6) In the event that a player on the active roster is injured during the week, he cannot be replaced until the following week.
   7) An injured player must be replaced the week after the injury has occurred. The Commissioner will inform the owner and if the owner does not replace that player a penalty of $20.00 will be imposed on that owner.

AUCTION RULES
   1) The acquisition of players to stock a team will be achieved by means of an auction.
   2) Team owners are allowed to spend a maximum of $150.00 to purchase players to fill out their team. This total will include players retained from the previous year.
   3) Once the season begins each team will be limited to a $200.00 salary cap. The salary cap cannot be exceeded at any time up to the last Tuesday in February when the cap will be raised to $225.00.
   Players acquired via the unclaimed player pool will not count against the cap until such time as the players' tie-in returns from the injury reserve. The player that is retained from that transaction will have his salary count against the cap. Any players on a team's inactive list will not be counted against the cap.
   This cap will not apply during the off-season.
    Any monies not spent during the auction can be used against the salary cap.
   4) Team owners are allowed a maximum of 12 players and a minimum of 7 players (any position) to be retained from the previous years' team. These players will keep the same dollar value as at the time the final rosters are submitted prior to the auction.
   5) The finalized rosters must be given to the Commissioner one week before the determined auction date.
   6) The players eligible for the auction will be only those who have played at least one game in the N.H.L. (including playoffs) or any player who is still on roster of a N.H.L. team at the time of the draft.
   7) Once a player's name has been brought forward for bidding, each subsequent bid must increase by minimum increments of $.50 until only one owner remains.
   8) If a team owner has passed on a player, he/she may not enter bidding again for the same player at a later round.
   9) The monies owed for the purchase of the team must be paid as follows:
     a) $175.00 plus farm system, buyouts and long term contracts at the auction.
     b) the remainder of the money before the trade deadline
   10) If an owner does not attend the auction or supply a list that owner will be allowed to choose the required number of players to fill out his/her roster. The players acquired will carry a salary of $5.00 even if the resulting total salary exceeds the $150.00 auction ceiling. This salary structure counts against the salary cap.
   In the event that more than one owner is unable to attend or supply a list, the commissioner will arrange a draft so that the owners may fill out their rosters.
   11) The auction will take place on the weekend before the start of the NHL season.
   12) Any player who changes positions (forward or defense) from one year to the next will retain the position he played the majority games at in the previous year. Say a player plays the majority of games as a forward the first year and is shifted to defense the second year he will only be eligible as a forward in the second year.

SCORING SYSTEM
   1) There are five categories for which points will be awarded each week. These categories are as follows:
     a) Goals - total goals accumulated by players (excluding goalies) on the active roster.
     b) Assists - same as above.
     c) Points - same as above.
     d) Plus/Minus - same as above
     e) Save Percentage - accumulated by goalies on the active roster.
   2) These points will be tabulated only for the players on the active roster submitted by the owners.
   3) Points will be awarded on a weekly basis and only for the results recorded during the week.
   4) The weekly scoring will be tabulated from Monday to Sunday.
   5) In the event of partial weeks such as the All-Star break, the week will be considered a full week if there are games played on four or more nights. If games are played on three or less nights, the week will be added to the following week's games so that only one week's statistics will be tabulated.
   6) Each of the five categories will be rated on a scale of 15 - 1, with 15 points being awarded to the team with the highest total. The team with the second highest total will be receive 14 points and so on.
   7) In the event of a tie, the teams involved will divide the points (example - if two teams are tied for first place in a particular category the points for first place (15) and second place (14) will be awarded and each team will receive 14½ points. The third place team will receive 13 points)
   8) The total points awarded from the 5 categories will make up each team's points for the week and they will be accumulated over the entire season. The team finishing with the most points over the course of the season will be declared the winner.

LONG TERM CONTRACTS
   1) An owner may retain a player for three years at the dollar value that he was originally acquired in the auction. After this period the player must be returned to the Unclaimed Player Pool.
   2) If an owner decides to extend the contract of a player, the extension must occur before the beginning of the player's third year.
   3) The maximum contract extension will be 4 years. The terms of the contract will consist of the player's dollar value for the third or option year plus $3.00 for every year thereafter.
   If for example a player with a dollar value of $10.00 were given an extension of 4 years, his new value would be $19.00 (i.e. $10.00 + $3.00 + $3.00 + $3.00).
   The new salary will take effect in the third or option year and will carry over to the extra year(s).
   4) The maximum number of years a player's contract may be held by an owner is six years (i.e. two years of the original contract, the option year, and three years of the contract extension).
   5) An owner signing a player to a long-term contract must pay a signing bonus to the league. The signing bonus would be 50% of the total value of the long-term contract but the option year would not be factored into the total.
   Taking the example of the contract of the player in (3) above, the signing bonus would be $28.50 (i.e. three years x $19.00 divided by 2).
   6) The owner who has signed a player to a long-term contract must keep that player for the duration of that contract unless he trades that player. The owner who has traded for that player must then honour the length of that contract.
   7) In the event that the owner holding a long-term contract wishes to discard that player he must pay a buyout fee to the league. This buyout of a long-term contract would only occur during the off season. The buyout would consist of the total salary of each of the remaining years of the player's contract with a minimum cost of $25.00 and a maximum of $50.00. A player on the final year of a long term contract will be treated in the same manner as a player on the final year of a non long term contract and does not have to be bought out once the season has begun..
   8) If an N.H.L. season were cancelled the owners would retain their current rosters at the current salaries and contracts in the season in which the N.H.L. again starts.
   9) In the event that an owner were to quit the league during the season, that owner's roster would be frozen and the players would be returned to the Unclaimed Player Pool at the end of the season.
   10) Long term contracts will be given to the Commissioner at the same time as the protected lists are handed in.
   11) Any player over the age of 35 who is on a long term contract and retires will have the remaining years of his contract declared void.
   12) A player on a long term contract who has a career ending injury may be bought out for the minimum cost ($25.00) no matter what the length or value of his contract.

TRADES AND INJURY REPLACEMENTS
   1) Only trades for an equal number of roster players going from one team to another will be allowed.
   2) Open trading (i.e. uneven roster player exchanges) may occur only from the end of the N.H.L. season to one week prior to the auction.
   3) Team owners may replace an injured player from their roster with a player from the Unclaimed Player Pool. These two players will be considered to be tied to each other. The player who was injured and replaced will go onto the injury reserve list. Upon his return from injury either he or the player who replaced him must be placed on waivers within a one-week period.
   The league will charge a fee of $5.00 to the owner who made the transaction.
   4) In order for a player to qualify as being injured, he must miss a minimum of five consecutive games due to injury. If the player is placed on the Injury Reserve List of his NHL team, that player does not have to wait the five games but can be reserved immediately. The player who has been claimed will be available to go into the owner's line-up following the transaction.
   5) A player will not be eligible to be placed on the injury reserve list if that player returns to play or is activated before the 10:00 pm claim submission deadline on Sunday of the week that the claim has been placed, even if that player has missed five consecutive games.
   6) Any player who clears waivers and is dropped to the Unclaimed Player Pool when his tied-in player returns from injury will be available to all owners to place a claim during the week following the transaction. The owner who made the transaction may attempt to retrieve him if that owner has an injured or demoted player and if no other owner has put in a claim.
   7) If a player picked from the Unclaimed Player Pool is himself injured the affected owner, after waiting the required five games or that player goes onto his NHL team's Injury Reserve List, may claim another player from the pool but must immediately return one of the two injured players to the unclaimed player pool.
   8) An owner may replace a player from their roster who has been suspended by a player from the Unclaimed Player Pool. The suspended player must have missed five games before he can be replaced.
   9) Team owners may replace a player from their roster who has been relegated to the minors, playing in Europe or retired with a player from the Unclaimed Player Pool. The player who has been replaced must be released at the time of the transaction.
   10) In the event that two or more owners place a claim for the same player from the Unclaimed Player Pool in the same week, the owner lower in the standings will acquire that player.
    If an owner places more than one claim in the same week, that owner will be able to procure his first claim but must wait until every owner who wishes to pick up a player has had one opportunity before that owner can place his second claim.
   11) Player claims may be submitted at any time up to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday of each week. Any claim presented after that time will be considered to have been submitted for the following week.
   12) The dollar value of any player picked from the Unclaimed Player Pool will be set at $5.00.  A player claimed from the pool that was originally on an owners roster at the beginning of that season will have his value set at $5.00 or his auction price whichever is higher.
   13) If a player who is tied into another player is traded, both players will go to the new team and the tie-in will remain.
   14) The trading deadline will be set on the Sunday following the N.H.L. trading deadline.  Trading will then commence immediately after the completion of the N.H.L. season.
   Trading will also be suspended once the rosters have been set one week before the auction to the day of the auction.
   15) Any owner who has a player who has missed five games due to a contract dispute will be able to place that player on their injury reserve list and claim a player from the Unclaimed Player Pool.
   16) A player who has been sent to the minors, playing in Europe, or is injured cannot be claimed from the Unclaimed Player Pool during the season so that owner who acquires them can obtain an open roster spot.

WAIVERS
   1) A player who is dropped when a player returns from the injury reserve list must be waived through the league before being returned to the Unclaimed Player Pool. Any owner wishing to place a claim for this player must do so between the time the transactions are recorded on the transaction sheets and the following Sunday at 10:00 p.m.
   2) Claims will be awarded in the same manner as the claims for players from the Unclaimed Player Pool.
   3) The owner who acquires a player from the waiver claim must then drop a player from his active roster. The dropped player will be placed on waivers or released if he is injured or demoted.
   4) The players claimed on waivers will be assigned a $5.00 salary or their pre-waiver salary if it is higher. The contract year of the player picked up on waivers will remain the same. The league will charge a fee of $5.00 for the transaction.
   5) A player who has been sent to the minors, playing in Europe, or is injured and has been placed on waivers cannot be claimed on waivers so that owner who acquires them can obtain an open roster spot.
   6) Players who come up from an owner's farm system and are dropped instead of being activated are exempt from being placed on waivers and will be placed directly into the Unclaimed Player Pool.

FARM SYSTEM, FARM SYSTEM DRAFT AND INACTIVE LIST
   1) The farm system draft will be held on July 1 and conducted via email. Each owner will be required to make their selection within two days of being informed of their turn. In the event that the owner does not make their selection in the allocated time the Commissioner will pick the next available player from the NHL draft order.
   2) Only players drafted or signed as free agents by an NHL team will be available to be drafted. These players must not have played any games in the N.H.L. including playoffs.
   3) A weighted lottery involving the last six teams in the just completed season's standings will be held to determine the order of the first six picks. No team involved in the lottery can move up more than three positions. The remaining team's order of selection in the first round will be determined by the reverse order of the previous year's standings.
   In each subsequent round the order of selection will be determined by the reverse order of the previous year's standings.
   4) The draft will consist of 10 rounds and the players selected will constitute part of the owners' farm system. These players or future selections may be used as trading material.
   5) The league will charge a fee of $2.00 for every player on the farm system and inactive list that is protected. No fee will be charged for players in the year in which they are drafted.
   6) An owner may not create an open roster spot by activating a player from their farm system or Inactive List who is not playing in the N.H.L. at the time that the transaction is made.
   7) The dollar value for each player from the farm system who is added to an owner's roster will be set at $2.00.
   8) When a player from the farm system has been called up and has played 40 games in the N.H.L. cumulative the owner of that player must make one of the following decisions in the week following the announcement:
     a) the owner may activate him by creating an roster spot and placing one of their roster players on waivers
     b) the owner may decide not to activate him, that player must be placed in the Unclaimed Player Pool and is no longer on that owners farm system
     c) the owner may decide to place him on his Inactive List
   9) Each owner will be allowed to place eight players from their farm system on an Inactive List. These players, who have played the required 40 cumulative N.H.L. games, will be eligible to remain on the Inactive List and not on the owner's roster for three years. These players may be traded and placed on the acquiring owner's Inactive List if there is room. They may also be activated or released whenever the owner so determines and replaced by another player from the farm system. Once a player has been taken off the Inactive List he may longer be returned there.
   At the end of the third season the player on the Inactive List must be placed on the active roster and subject to the protected list or be dropped to the Unclaimed Player Pool.
   The players on the Inactive List will count as part of the farm system and will carry a $2.00 cost to the owner at the beginning of the season.
   10) Owners cannot trade draft choices more than two years in the future. Once the minor league draft begins the third year will be enabled.
   11) If an owner has acquired a draft pick from a team that has dropped out of the league at the end of a season, the previous year's standings will determine the position for the following year's pick. Any picks in the subsequent year will assume the last position in each round.
   If the pick has been acquired from a defunct team that has not completed the season, the picks will assume the last position in each round.
   12) The number of players an owner may carry on his farm system is unlimited.

THE COMMISSIONER
   1) The Commissioner will be chosen by democratic ballot (i.e. nominations will be brought forth, seconded and voted on) on a yearly basis. The voting will take place at the last meeting before the yearly auction. The new Commissioner's term of office will begin at the time of the auction.
   2) Two treasurers will also be selected at the same meeting and will be responsible for holding all monies submitted and for dispersing the prize money. The treasurers will open a bank account and counter sign all prize money cheques. They will be allowed to keep all interest accrued.
   3) The Commissioner along with the aid of the statskeeper will be responsible for keeping track of the any money owed.
   4) The Commissioner will rule on any situation that arises during the season that is not covered in the Constitution and needs immediate resolution. The owners retain the ability to overturn any decision made by the Commissioner by means of a three-quarter vote.
   The Commissioner will be responsible for communicating these rulings to all the owners
   5) The Commissioner will be able to set agendas for special meetings regarding rule changes or for social gatherings.
   6) The Commissioner will be responsible for double checking the weekly statistics to ensure that no error has been committed by the stats keeper.
   7) The Commissioner will be responsible for keeping track of all roster moves and will have the power to veto any trades if the majority of owners are in agreement. He/she will determine that all weekly player changes are made available to all the owners with at least one other owner knowing each change in advance of the first Monday game start.
   8) The Commissioner will receive an honorarium of $50.00 and a reimbursement of invoiced expenses to be paid at the end of the season.