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Welcome to HarborCenter's Buffalo Elite Hockey League (BEHL),  Western New York's premier summer developmental hockey league for AAA and AA travel players.  The league includes an 8 game season and playoffs running from June-August.

Summer BEHL divisions:

  • 7U BEHL (2010-2011)

  • 9U BEHL (2008-2009)

  • 11U BEHL (2006-2007)

  • 13U BEHL (2004-2005)

- 7U 3/4 Ice 5 on 5 hockey with unique 1:30 shift system

- 9U, 11U, 13U Full Ice 5 on 5 hockey with unique 1:15 shift system

- All players are required to apply/register

- Standings and basic player statistics

- Team rosters include 16 skaters and 2 goalies

- Coaches with Junior, NCAA and professional experience

- BEHL branded jersey, socks and exclusive league t-shirt included

- All games are Friday's, Saturday's and Sunday's

- All games played at HarborCenter

Cost for Skater is $185 and goalies are $100

APPLYING FOR THE BEHL

Welcome to HarborCenter's Buffalo Elite Hockey League (BEHL) developmental summer hockey league. The BEHL is back and better than ever.

Step 1 - Registration

Registration is posted below. You will receive confirmation and more information by May 1st.

Step 2 - Player Evaluation 

A player evaluation skate is scheduled at each level to ensure accepted player placement.  Evaluation dates are posted below.

Step 3 - Team Information

After the evaluation skate, you will receive all league information including schedule, coaches name and jersey number.

Step 4 - Puck Drop

Games begin in June and conclude in August.

  • Applications accepted until May 1st
  • Mid May - Roster's set
  • June 24th-25th
  • July 7th-9th
  • July 15th
  • July 22nd
  • July 29th
  • August 5th-6th
  • August 12th-13th

2017 SUMMER BEHL Rule Book

1. Playing Area

Protective netting, wall, glass and ceiling are all considered “in play”.

2. League/Teams

The league is made up of three divisions.  

  • 13U (2004-2005)
  • 11U (2006-2007)
  • 9U (2008-2009)

3. Game Flow

  • Each warm up is 3:00 minutes.
  • Each game is 30:00 minutes.
  • Each team plays two back-to-back games on game day. 
  • Breaks in-between games will be 1:00.
  • Tag-up offside’s in effect.

4. Equipment

  • Full equipment is required for all players. 
  • Mouth guards are required for all players.
  • Facemasks are required for all players. 

5. Types of Penalties

  • All penalties are penalty shots.
  • Body checking is not allowed.
  • Fighting is not allowed and will lead to an automatic league ejection.
  • Major penalties of any kind may result in a league expulsion plus Game Day Ejection.
  • No players should be in offensive zone during penalty shots. Defending team keeps puck on missed penalty shots.
  • “No face-offs” Infractions and whistles result in an immediate change of possession. Defending team gets possession on a freeze or goal.
  •  “No pressing” after a whistle offensive team must back off to the top of the circles and allow the defensive team space to make a play.
  • “No racing” to pucks that are not in the neutral zone on line changes. Defending team retains possession on a change.  All pucks in the neutral zone are up for grabs.

6.  FIRST 25:00 of 30:00 game.

  • A horn will blow at 1:15 seconds from the 30:00 mark until the 5:00 mark.
  • All players on the ice must leave the puck when the horn sounds, failure to comply will result in a penalty shot for the opposition.
  • The clock does not stop for penalty shots. If a penalty shot happens during a horn, then the line change will go into effect after the penalty shot.
  • Defending team retains possession on a change.

7.  Game Flow last 5:00 minutes.

  • No horn for the last 5 minutes. Change on the fly.
  • Clock stops on whistles. 
  • Face-offs after every whistle.
  • All penalties will be penalty shots.

8. Game Value/Standings

  • All games are worth 2 points. 
    • Wins are worth 2 points. 
    • Ties are worth 1 point.
  • Points will determine seeding for playoffs.
  • Wins will be the next tie breaker.
  •  +/- Will be the third tiebreaker.
  • Head-to-Head will be the fourth tiebreaker.
  • Coin flip will be the final tie break. 

9. Playoffs

  • The BEHL Final will be #1 seed vs. #2 seed.

10. Golden Rule

  • The BEHL Commissioner may change any rule at anytime.

2017 SUMMER 7U BEHL Rule Book

1. Playing Area

  • Protective netting, wall, glass and ceiling are all considered “in play”. 
  • Utilize 3/4 ice.

2. Equipment

  • Full equipment is required for all players. 

3. Types of Penalties

  • Any players incurring what would be considered reasonable penalties will be sent off the ice for the remainder of their shift. Teams will play shorthanded.
  • Body checking is not allowed.

4. Game Flow

  • Warm up is 3:00 minutes.
  • Game lengths are 30:00 minutes.
  • A horn will blow every 1:30 minutes.
  • All players on the ice must leave the puck when the horn sounds.
  • “Limited faceoffs” - The only faceoff is at the start of the game.
  • All goals are make it, take it. 
  • Each team plays two games per scheduled game day.

5. Game Value/Standings

  • All games are worth 2 points. 
  • Win is worth 2 points.
  • Tie is worth 1 point.
  • Loss is worth 0.
  • Points will determine seeding for playoffs.
  • Wins will be the next tie breaker.
  • Head-to-Head will be the fourth tiebreaker.
  • +/- Will be the third tiebreaker.
  • Coin flip will be the final tiebreak. 

6. Playoffs

  • The BEHL Final will be #1 seed vs. #2 seed.

7. Golden Rule

  • The BEHL Commissioner may change any rule at anytime.

General Questions

1. When does the league start/end?
Applications will be accepted in January, a May placement skate will place players on teams, and play begins in June. The playoffs conclude in August.

2. How much is the league and what does it include?
BEHL is $185 for skaters and $100 for goalies.  The league includes 8 game days plus playoffs, high-level coaches, t-shirt, jersey and socks.

3. Are all games at HarborCenter?
Yes. All games are at HarborCenter on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

4. Is parking free?
Yes, parking for players is included in your league fee.

6. Who picks the teams?
BEHL staff, coaches and scouts are responsible for accepting applications and dividing up teams.  The BEHL is a Rinks @ HarborCenter program.

7. What equipment do I need?
Full equipment including mouth guards and face masks are required for every level. 

8. How long will it take to find out if my application has been accepted?
You will be notified shortly after you apply about your application status. Initial invitations to applicants will be emailed around April 10th.  After April 10th, the league will have rolling enrollment.

9. If my application is accepted, am I in the league?
If you have been accepted and have paid your registration fee, you will be placed in the player pool and be asked to participate in the evaluation skate.

10.  What if I am not accepted right away?
Players will be placed on a waitlist and will be offered spots as they become available.  

11. What is the evaluation format?
Each accepted player will participate in a one-hour skate.  The purpose of the skate is to ensure that the league is structured to be as competitive as possible.

12. What if I can’t make the placement skate?
If you can’t make the placement skate it does not mean that you can not play in the BEHL.  We strongly encourage everyone to attend the BEHL placement skate so we can best place you in the league.
 
13. Who are the evaluators for applications?
The evaluators for applications will be the BEHL coaches, scouts, and staff.  A list of committed coaches and staff click will be posted soon.
 
14. Can I pick what team I play on?
No. Teams will be picked by the BEHL coaches, scouts and staff.  Family members will be placed on the same team for transportation purposes.

15. Can I submit a team?
No. The application process is for individuals only.

16. Who are the coaches?
The BEHL coaches are high level coaches and players with experience at the Jr. A, NCAA and Professional level.

18. When will the schedule be out? 
Dates are already available online, and game-times will be posted shortly.
 
19. How many games will we play a week?
A typical week will have one game day.  Bye weeks are worked into the schedule.  Major events like USA Hockey regionals, state and national tryouts will be blacked out at each level to ensure minimal conflicts.
 
20. Will there be practices?
There will not be practices.
 
21. Are standings and stats posted?
Yes, team, player, and goalie stats will be tracked and posted at harborcenter.com.
 
22.  What if I miss a game or two?
The BEHL price point makes it easy to miss a few skates because of conflicts.  The rate will not change based on how many skates you can make.

BEHL Front Office


League Commissioner - Sean Wallace
VP/Director of Hockey - Nik Fattey
Assistant Director of Hockey - Chris Ciamaga
Director of Hockey Technology - Ryan Vinz
Program Coordinator - Caroline Bristol