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2017 Youth 3v3 Hockey Tournament

The Chicago Blackhawks hosted the 3v3 Hockey Series for the fifth year in a row on June 17-18. The tournaments took over a local hockey rink for one weekend for a fun, friendly ice hockey tournament.

Congratulations to all of the winners!

Jr. Wildkits (Mite)
Momma's Boys (Squirt)
Ice Warriors (Peewee)

Rules and Regulations

The tournament will take place Saturday, June 17, and Sunday, June 18, at Rocket Ice Arena (180 Canterbury Ln, Bolingbrook, IL 60440). Cost is $525 per team. Teams can have 1 goalie and up to 6 skaters. Each team must have at least 3 skaters to participate. *Team Managers must bring a copy of each player's birth certificate to the tournament, Blackhawks staff reserve the right to ask for proof of Date of Birth throughout the tournament.

If you are a skater or goalie without a team, we will be keeping a Free Agents list. If we receive at least three skaters and a goalie of a similar age, we will form a Free Agents team in the appropriate age group. To join the Free Agents list, email Sam Ratty to add your name to the list.

  • Mite - 2009-10
  • Squirt - 2007-08
  • Peewee - 2005-06
  • The tournament is divided into divisions based on level of play to encourage close competition (contingent on registration numbers)
  • Each game will have two halves that last 12 minutes each.
  • There is a running clock during the halves with a one minute intermission.
  • Teams will have a three minute warm up prior to each game.
  • There are no timeouts.
  • If a team is winning by a goal differential of 10 or more in the second period, the game will be called. The recorded goal differential cannot exceed 10 goals.
  • Clock will only stop for injuries.
  • Round robin games can end in a tie.
  • Playoff/elimination games must have a winner. If still tied after regulation, teams will play a five minute sudden death overtime. If the game is still tied, a shootout will take place starting with three shooters. If still tied after three shooters, the shootout goes to sudden death. Each shooter must shoot once before a shooter can take a second attempt.
  • All players are required to wear full gear. Any player who does not abide by this rule will not be allowed to compete. Neckguards required. Jerseys and t-shirts will be provided to each player.
  • The teams consist of no more than seven players: up to six skaters and one goaltender. Teams must have at least three skaters to compete.
  • Goalies are allowed to play in two age divisions but are not allowed to "double roster" in the same age division. For example, a goalie that is a Squirt by age may play on a Squirt team and Peewee team. However, a Peewee age goalie may not play down with a Squirt team. Therefore, they are allowed to play up, but not play down age divisions.
  • Players are allowed to change on the fly. However, a penalty shot will be awarded if the player on the bench leaves before he is tagged in.
  • Waivers required for every participant signed by a parent/legal guardian. Coaches will also be required to fill out waivers.
  • Age verification required by copy of birth certificate on-site during tournament dates. Team Managers can be asked for proof of Date of Birth by Blackhawks staff at any time. Failure to have proof of age may result in disqualification from tournament games.
  • There is one official per game.
  • Penalties result in a penalty shot.
  • Fighting will not be tolerated. All fights are an automatic tournament ejection for the entire team.
  • The center ice dot will be used for faceoffs to start the game and resume after the intermission. If the puck leaves the playing surface a face off will take place at the center ice dot.
  • The center dot is also where the puck will be dropped for a penalty shot.
  • After a goal, all players are required to check up before they can attack the opposition. The team that is scored on is expected to pull the puck out and start playing while the other team checks up.
  • The nets will be placed about five feet off the boards so the players are allowed to utilize the space behind the net.
  • Comparison of game results between tied teams (head to head)
  • Wins
  • Goals against
  • Goal differential
  • Coin toss

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost for a team and what is included?
Each team entry costs $525 and can consist of up to six skaters and one goalie, seven players total. Participants MUST be born in the correct birth year or one year after (if playing up) for their division. Players can play up one division if they'd like, but no more than one division. Each team member will receive a tournament jersey, a giveaway item and the opportunity to win Blackhawks prizes!

How does my team register for the tournament?
Once you have submitted your completed form with payment information, the Team Manager will be contacted via email with confirmation. The Team Manager must be 18 years of age or older. Online registration is first come first serve. A completed registration form does not guarantee entry into the tournament.

What is the breakdown of player divisions?
Each team is guaranteed three games. Divisions will break down as follows: Mites (2009-10), Squirts (2007-08) and Peewees (2005-06). Within the age divisions, contingent on registration numbers, divisions may be divided based on level of play (entered on registration page, i.e. travel teams in one division, house teams in another).

What equipment is needed?
Full, USA Hockey-approved hockey equipment is required, including neck guards.

When will each team know their schedule for the tournament?
Teams will be notified at least one (1) week prior to the tournament, but games will run Saturday and Sunday. Times TBD.

How many players can play at a time?
Each team may play three players playing at once, plus their goalie. Up to three additional players to substitute will wait in the neutral zone until substituted in. A total of eight people will be on the playing surface at one time.

How many players can be on a team?
A maximum of seven players are allowed on a team: six skaters and one goalie.

How long is each game?
Each game will consist of two 12-minute halves, with a running clock. Play will not stop unless there is an injury. If a puck goes out of bounds, the official will restart the game with a faceoff at center. After a goal is scored, the puck will be pulled out of the net and play will resume with that team in immediate possession. The scoring team will retreat to center before play resumes.