Dixon Cup Championship begins Friday in Troy
February 15, 2018
The 2018 North American Prospects Hockey League Dixon Cup Playoffs begin on Friday, February 16th at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan. The Dixon Cup annually crowns the playoff champions of the NAPHL.
All NAPHL 18U and 16U teams will compete in the event, with Championships being decided in the Gold (Championship) and Silver (Consolation) Divisions. All four NAPHL Championship games will be played on Monday morning, February 19th at the Troy Sports Center.
All games will be broadcast live on HockeyTV
The top 8 teams from each of the NAPHL 18U and the 16U divisions qualified for the Gold Division of the playoffs. The remainder of the teams will compete in the Silver Division for the Consolation Championship.
The NAPHL will use the International Point System for the Dixon Cup Championship.
3 points for a regulation win
2 points for an OT/Shootout win
1 point for an OT/Shootout loss
0 points for a regulation loss
Advancement to Semifinals:
18U & 16U Gold: At the end of the play-in round, the top two teams of each division based on points (and subsequent tie-breakers if necessary) will advance.
18U & 16U Silver: At the end of the play-in round, winners of each division based on points (and subsequent tie-breakers if necessary) will advance.
Tie-breakers for Advancement to Semifinals will be as follows:
A. Games between Clubs tied, only. The results of the games played between the affected Clubs tied in the following order on condition that all the Clubs tied have played each other:
1. Head to head competition. If one Club has beaten all other Clubs involved in the tie during the round-robin competition, then that winning Club shall be placed ahead of the other tied Club(s) in the final standings.
2. Regulation Wins: Team with the most wins in regulation will be seeded higher.
3. Goal Differential. If a tie is not broken using the method described in subsection (1) above, then the final standings will be determined by differential in games versus tied teams.
B. Entire Tournament Competition. If (A) above shall not apply or if, after applying the formulas (1, 2 and 3), the tie still exists, then subparagraphs (2) and, if necessary, (3) shall be applied using all of the games played during the tournament by the Clubs tied. The formulas shall be applied in the order set forth above until one formula breaks the tie and establishes a victorious Club.
C. Most periods won: In the games played by each tied team, points will be awarded for each regulation period won (2 points) and for each regulation period tied (1 point). Positions shall be in the order of highest point total.
D. Most goals for vs. all competition in the tournament.
E. Least goals against vs. all competition in the tournament.
F. Least amount of penalty minutes vs. all competition in the tournament.
G. Regular season standings If one tie-breaker establishes a position for one or more teams, each team is placed in the applicable position. Once a team is placed, the remaining tied teams shall start the tiebreaking process over again at step 1.
*If one tie-breaker establishes a position for one or more teams, each team is placed in the applicable position. Once a team is placed, the remaining tied teams shall start the tiebreaking process over again at step 1.
Overtime/Shootouts: Overtime and shootout procedures will remain the same as the regular season for the play-in portion. (4 minutes of 3 v. 3 then straight to a sudden death shootout w/same player able to shoot in multiple rounds).
In the Semifinals and Finals teams will play five minutes of 5 v. 5, followed by five minutes of 3 v. 3, then a 3 man shootout, then a sudden-death shootout if necessary.
We will use the IIHF shootout procedures in Semifinals and Finals as outlined here:
Any skater not ejected from the game may participate in the shootout, including a player who was serving a penalty at the end of overtime. Three different skaters from each team will take shots alternately (A,B,A,B,A,B). The skaters do not need to be named beforehand and can be changed any time up to the point when the referee blows his whistle to signal the start of a shot. The sudden-death penalty-shot shootout will allow one skater from each team to take a shot until a winner is determined. Any skater, including those who participated in the first three rounds of the penalty-shot shootout, is eligible to shoot in as many rounds of the sudden-death format as may occur.
Dixon Cup Champions
2018: 15U-Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
2017: 18U-Madison Capitols, 16U-Esmark Stars, 15U Washington Little Caps
2016: 18U-Madison Capitols, 16U-Omaha AAA
2015: 18U-New Jersey Jr. Titans, 16U-Omaha AAA
2014: 18U-Omaha AAA, 16U-Lansing Capitals
2013: 18U-Indiana Jr. Ice, 16U-Omaha AAA
2012: 18U-California Titans, 16U-Indiana Jr. Ice, 14U-St. Louis Selects
2011: 18U-DC Capitals, 16U-Pikes Peak Miners, 14U-Rocky Mountain RoughRiders
2010: 18U-California Titans, 16U-Pikes Peak Miners