2024 Ice Hockey Tournament 

Join us for the 35th ShopRite Nutmeg State Games hosted by the City of Middletown! This is a great opportunity to play against some tough competition from all over the state in Central Connecticut. The tournament includes a minimum guarantee of three (3) games in a round robin format. Space is Limited! Please see the instructions below on how to Register Your Team Today. 

  • Dates & Game Times
    • July 22nd - July 28th
    • Game Times: Weekdays 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM  /  Weekends 8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    • Tournament Location: Newington Arena. 300 Alumni Rd, Newington, CT 06111
    • Age Groups: 2023-2024 Season Age Classifications & Eligibility

  • Registration is OPEN!
  • Registration Deadline: Sunday, July 7th
  • Roster Submission Deadline: Friday, July 12th
  • Your Team's spot is NOT guaranteed until payment is made. 
    • Payment Options:
      • Pay online when you register your team or
      • Check: Please send a check made out to the CT Sports Management Group, Inc. to:
        • 975 Middle St. Unit G. Middletown, CT 06457 
      • Call our office to make payment arrangements: (860) 788 7041
  • Once your Team has registered online the following paperwork is required:

Sport Details

  • Mite (8&U - Full Ice):
    • TBD
  • Squirt (10&U):
  • Pee Wee (12&U):
  • Bantam (14&U):
  • Midget (19&U):
    •  TBD
Age Group Division Roster Max. Birth Years

8 & Under

Mite 20 Players 2015 & 2016

10 & Under

Squirt 20 Players

2013 & 2014 

12 & Under

PeeWee 20 Players 2011 & 2012

14 & Under

Bantam 20 Players 2009 & 2010

19 & Under

Midget 20 Players 2005, 2006, 2007,2008
  • Midget Division: 2024 High School Graduates will be allowed to play 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.

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 

    2. Athlete Waiver Form

Roster Deadline: July 14th

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

USA Hockey Rules

The Nutmeg State Games will be using USA Hockey Age Classifications for the 2023-2024 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 20 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 NOT allowed at level - This will follow the 2023 USA Rules
    • All face-offs after a penalty will be conducted in the Offending teams end-zone face-off location.
    • 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
  • U8 and U10 (1:30 minute minors and 5:00 major penalty)
  • U12, U14 and U18/19 (1:30 minutes minors and 5:00 major penalty)
  • 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.

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

Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network (HHCRN) is the official medical partner for the Nutmeg State Games & CT Masters Games. HHCRN professional medical staff will be onsite at our various sport venues to provide exceptionally medical care for our participants. 
Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network strives to be the premier rehabilitation provider in Connecticut; the company known for its commitment to high quality, customer-focused outcomes; the place where people want to work. Our goal is to create a seamless continuum of prevention and rehabilitation care, and to assist individuals with temporary or permanent impairments or disabilities in achieving their goals for maximum functional independence.
We are dedicated to organizing the prevention, rehabilitation and sports medicine resources in the community into a financially responsible integrated delivery system and, in doing so, establish Hartford HealthCare Rehabilitation Network as the regional network of excellence for the provision of prevention, rehabilitation and sports medicine.

Hydration is crucial to good overall health and athletic performance. Dehydration affects their performance and also puts them at risk for fatigue, nausea, heat cramps or, worse, heat stroke.

Adequate daily intake of water from beverages and food each is 125 ounces for men and 91 ounces for women, according to the Institute of Medicine. That’s considerably more than the standard recommendation of eight 8-ounce  glasses a day. To reach the higher standard, drink water gradually throughout the day. These recommendations do not consider athletic activity and increased temperature. So if you are participating in athletic activity or in a warm climate, or both, more water intake may be needed.

One of the easiest ways your athlete can gauge hydration is checking urine color. Pale or colorless urine usually indicates ample hydration. Light to bright yellow urine means more fluid intake is necessary. Dehydration is something that can be prevented easily as long as it is made a priority.

For more information about how to stay healthy and in the game, please visit Hartford HealthCare Sports Health at www.mysportshealth.org


Concussions are not easy to predict or prevent. It’s important to understand the symptoms. Concussions are difficult injuries because symptoms are not always apparent at the time of the injury. Concussions are caused by a direct blow to the head, or a blow to the body that causes a rapid deceleration of the head (whiplash affect).

If you witness or suspect this type of injury, the athlete should be held out of activity and evaluated by a medical professional. As a reminder, an athlete does not have to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion. Once evaluated by a medical professional and given care instructions, the athlete should be monitored closely by a responsible adult for at least 24 hours after the injury. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, slurred speech, repeated vomiting, unequal pupils, weakness or numbness in arms or legs, decreased responsiveness and convulsions or seizures.

For more information about how to stay healthy and in the game, please visit Hartford HealthCare Sports Health at www.mysportshealth.org

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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