2021 Ice Hockey Tournament 

The Schedule is NOW Posted for the Nutmeg State Games Ice Hockey Tournament (All Age Divisions). Please see the Schedule section on the right hand side of the webpage to view the tournament schedules. The tournament rules are listed below. All tournament games will be played at Newington Arena: 300 Alumni Road Newington, CT 06111. 

  • Dates & Game Times
    • July 19th - July 25th
    • Game Times: Weekdays 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM  /  Weekends 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Age Groups: 2021-2022 Season Age Classifications & Eligibility

Sport Details

USA Hockey Rules

The Nutmeg State Games will be using USA Hockey Age Classifications for the 2021-2022 Season to conduct the tournament.

Game format will be:

  • Preliminary & Medal Rounds - 3 Periods - 12 minutes each.

    • 3 minutes for warm-ups and 3 minutes between each period

  • Points will be awarded according to the result of the game - 2pts for a win, 1pt for a tie, 0pts for a loss

In the event a game is tied at the end of regulation:

  • Preliminary Round: Each team will be awarded a point at the conclusion of regulation and the game will be recorded as a tie

  • Play In & Medal Round: A five minute four on four overtime period shall be played. Teams will not change ends. Should the score remain tied after the overtime period there shall be a five (5) player shootout.

All coaches are responsible for assuring that all players are properly equipped.

  • Teams are to provide their own practice pucks.

  • Teams will be allowed a maximum of 18 players and four coaches on the official roster

  • Any player or coach ejected from a game may not participate in the team's next game.

  • Timeouts - No timeouts in Preliminary Round Games. Play-IN and Medal Round Games 1 per game per team.

  • Home and Away teams will be determined each game by a coin toss conducted by the game official or Nutmeg State Games event staff.


  • Please note
    • Tag-up Off Sides and Icing while a team is short-handed is Allowed ONLY at Midget (U15-U18) level - This will follow 2020-21 USA Rules
    • All face-offs after a penalty will be conducted in the Offending teams end-zone face-off location - This is a NEW rule for the 2021-2022 season.
    • Mite Full Ice Level will follow the same rules as Squirt Full Ice Level
  • If any player receives 5 penalties in a single game. they will be assessed a game misconduct
  • Minor Penalties: 1:30
  • Major Penalties: 5 minutes
  • Misconduct Penalty: 10 minutes
  • Game Misconduct: Ejection from game; Suspension from next game scheduled

Forfeiture Policy

Due to the fact that all competition brackets are ROUND ROBIN formats, a team may not intentionally forfeit a contest; even though the game may have no consequence on the seeding of the tournament at the conclusion of round robin play.  Any team intentionally forfeiting a contest will be disqualified from further competition and the remaining teams will be re-seeded.

TIE-BREAKER Information

Two-Team Ties: In the event of a two-way tie in the standings, the following tiebreaker system will be used (in-order) until the tie is broken

  1. Head to Head record
  2. Total Points
    • 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss
  3. Goals allowed
  4. Goals scored
  5. Coin toss

Ties Involving Three or More Teams: In the event of a tie amongst three or more teams, the tie breaking system (above) will be used (in-order) until the highest seeded team is determined. Once the highest seed is determined, the remaining tied teams will RESTART from the BEGINNING of the tie breaking system.

All teams are required to provide an official Score Keeper as part of their roster. We strongly recommend that the Score Keeper be an adult and must be present at each contest. The home team (which will be determined by a coin toss before each game) will be the official score keeper for that game with the visiting team also keeping score as a secondary or back up score book. The official Score Keeper will sit with the administration and volunteers at the scorer’s table or tent during the contest. The Score Keeper is now part of your roster and will be treated as a member of your team. 

Athlete Code of Conduct

  • No alcoholic beverages or illegal substances are permitted in the possession of athletes.
  • Behavior on and off the competition field by any person’s associated with the Games must follow the highest standards.
  • Use of foul or abusive language constitutes a violation of the Code of Conduct.
  • All athletes must respect the decisions of the officials and umpires during and after competitions.  Any harassment will constitute a violation of the Code of Conduct.
  • Unruly behavior by spectators towards players, coaches, volunteers, and/or officials will not be tolerated.  Such behavior may result in the dismissal of the offending spectator from the competition site.
  • Any participant’s behavior deemed in violation of the Code of conduct, as decided by the Nutmeg State Games administrative staff, subjects the competitor to expulsion from the Games.
Age Group Division Roster Max. Birth Years

8 & Under

Mite 20 Players 2013 & Younger

10 & Under

Squirt 20 Players 2011 & 2012

12 & Under

PeeWee 20 Players 2009 & 2010

14 & Under

Bantam 20 Players 2007 & 2008

19 & Under

Midget 20 Players 2002, 2003 & 2004
  • Midget Division: 2021 High School Graduates will be allowed to play in the Midget Division. 
    • ​College Students are not eligible to play in the Midget Division. If you were in college during the 2020-2021 school year you are not eligible to participate in the midget Division. 

The Nutmeg State Games cooperates with the United States Olympic Committee, Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association. All athletes must abide by the rules of their association, which may include restrictions on the number of athletes from the same school, or team that enter the Nutmeg State Games. All athletes should realize that each is responsible to make certain he/she is not in violation of existing rules and regulations. All athletes must be amateurs as defined by the Nutmeg State Games and/or a National Governing Body rules for their particular sport.


C.I.A.C. Member school coaches may only coach or instruct member school athletes in the sport they coach during the school year according to the following parameters:

Girls Team Sports:
Out of Season



Boys Team Sports :
Out of Season







Field Hockey













Ice Hockey












In addition, C.I.A.C. coaches may not coach more than One (1) team in non-school out-of-season tournaments/camps/clinics unless the total number of athletes does not exceed the aforementioned minimum on the chart provided.

Please See the List of Committed Teams Below: 
  • Mite (8 & Under - Full Ice):
    • PHG, Central Capitals, Southeastern Connecticut, Connecticut Fireants, MCU
  • Pee Wee (12 & Under):
    • Nonotuck Valley Knights, Central Capitals, Wonderland Wizards, MassConn, Rauls Whalers, Hawks
  • Bantam (14 & Under):
    • Central Capitals, CT Dragons, Eastern CT Hockey Organization, GNH Warriors, Western Jr. Colonials, Holy Name Stars, Mighty Irish, Top Shelf (Sward),
  • Midget (19 & Under):
    • Central Capitals, The Gulls, Braves, Tribe-Black, Dragon Club, CBRE, Hamden-16, Hamden-18, CT Rink Rats,​ Knighthawks, Tomahawks, South Windsor Bobs

IMPORTANT: The Nutmeg State Games Ice Hockey Tournament will NOT be sanctioned by USA Hockey

  1. Please Register the Coach and make Payment Online

  2. All players must complete the Athlete Waiver Form
  3. A properly completed Team Roster - Please Use the Official Team Roster Excel Spreadsheet. 

    1. Please Click Here to Download the Excel Spreadsheet Roster Form - updated on 6/2/21

Roster Deadline: July 9th

Please include USA Hockey Confirmation #'s for all coaches who will be assisting with the team!

Please include USA Hockey Confirmation #'s for all players on the roster!​​

Send ONE CHECK covering the entire team entry fee for the appropriate sport, sent to:
Connecticut Sports Management Group, Inc.
975 Middle St., Unit G. Middletown, CT 06457

As President of Central CT Youth Hockey, we have supported the Nutmeg State Games each summer. The Games provide a great opportunity for our teams to compete together in the off-season and get familiar with each other prior to the start of the season.  Many of our teams incorporate off-ice gatherings during the tournament as a way of team building and welcoming new players.  I have experienced the Nutmeg State Games as a participant, coach and program administrator and I highly recommend teams/programs participation. The Games are an extremely well run tournament and Central CT Youth Hockey is very proud to be a supporter. 

Anthony Giusto, President
 Central CT Youth Hockey Association

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The Nutmeg State Games administration works closely with all Connecticut media outlets regarding any interesting stories about athletes and teams that will be participating in the "Games". If you have an interesting story to tell, we are all ears!

Human interests stories typically address situations "off-the-court". Do you volunteer in the community? Are you great at something other than the sport you are playing? Are you following in the steps of a a sibling or parent? Of course, if you are doing something great on the court please provide us with all the details.

If you, your team or someone you know fits any of these questions, please pass along this information or feel free to contact our office, and we would be happy to coordinate coverage on their behalf. - Please send all info to info@nutmegstategames.org.

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