2017-18 NATIONAL FANTASY HOCKEY LEAGUE RULES
August 30, 2017
The National Fantasy Hockey League (NFHL) consists of owners who select players from National Hockey League (NHL) rosters. An active roster of 23 players is selected using NHL player cap salaries and a pre-determined NFHL salary cap. In addition 15 players are selected to a “Reserve Team”. Points are awarded to individual NHL players according to the NFHL scoring system. League Champion is determined by highest accumulated points of selected number of player's on the active roster at the end of the NHL regular season.
The NFHL has two league commissioners that govern league rules & regulations, statistics, ownership fees and prize distribution. NFHL offices are located in both the United States and Canada with a commissioner residing in each country. The NFHL Commissioners approve all registrations, expansion franchises, team nicknames and polices. The NFHL Commissioners determine the numbers of league owners and have the right to disqualify any application. The league commissioners determine all final decisions on league policies.
Team Operating Agreement
In order to operate a team in the NFHL each owner must register online via an online form at our website and provide the appropriate $30 U.S. Entry Fee. Along with the ownership information each team must submit a North American city and nickname for the franchise. Owners from any previous season the team name must remain the same unless Commissioners give approval of name change.
Existing franchises that register prior to Sunday September 3rd, 2017 do not have to submit entry fee until Saturday, September 23, 2017. All new franchises and those existing franchises registering after September 3rd, 2017 gain entry on a first entry fee paid basis. The NFHL Salary List and Roster form (Excel format) will only be emailed to registered owners.
The league utilizes officepools.com for participants to complete rosters, transactions and view overall standings. Upon completion of the team operating agreement owners will receive an invite email to begin the roster completion process.
League Structure & Divisional Alignment
The team with the most points at the end of the NHL season based on the NFHL scoring system will determine the NFHL Champion.In addition the NFHL consist of a four-division format with Division names of Smythe, Norris, Adams and Patrick. The team with the most points in each Division will determine the Division Champions.
Player Selections: Active Rosters & Reserve Team
The NFHL will have a two-phase selection process to select 23 “Active Roster” players and 15 “Reserve Roster” players. The NFHL will supply owners with a NFHL Salary List and a Roster Form (Excel Format). The NFHL issues a Preliminary Salary List August 31st, 2017 and will provide a Final Salary List in mid-September to include additional NHL players that may have signed during that time period. The Salary list includes all eligible players and identifies NHL players with Entry Level Contracts (ELC).
Phase 1 of selection process includes selecting 23 “Active Roster” players and 2 “Reserve Roster” from the NFHL Salary List. The NFHL Active Roster must be filled with 23 NHL players with a minimum of 12 Forwards, 6 Defenseman, and 2 Goalies and the total salaries of the 23 players must not exceed the NFHL Salary Cap of $75 Million. The 2 initial “Reserve Roster” selections include a defenseman and goalie do not count towards the NFHL Salary Cap.
Since players are not exclusive to teams the same player may be on multiple NFHL Rosters. Only players on the NFHL Salary List are available for selection.
In addition during the Phase 1 player selections a maximum of 5 players that have NHL “Entry Level Contracts” (ELC) are eligible to be placed in the Active Roster at the start of the season. Furthermore, the maximum allowed ELC in any one position of the Active Roster is three. There is no “ELC” limitations on the goalie and defenceman placed on the Reserve Roster in phase 1.
These ELC players will be identified on the NFHL Salary list as “EL F (Forwards), “EL D” (Defenseman) and “EL G” (Goalie). There is NO limit on the number of “EL” players on the Active Roster after the season starts.
The initial 25 players on each NFHL rosters will be identified as “Protected Players”. Players selected in Phase 1 will not be eligible for selection for Phase 2 which completes the Reserve Roster.
The Phase 1 selections deadline is Wednesday September 27th 2017 @ 11:59 PM EST. No player changes can occur past the Phase 1 deadline. Each team must submit the NFHL Roster (Excel) Form to the league AND enter their team exactly as it appears on their NFHL Roster Form into Officepools.
Phase 2 selections will be utilized to complete the remaining 13 “Reserve Roster” position for each team. A Phase 2 “Free Agent” list will be provided by the NFHL, which will exclude all players initially selected in Phase 1 (Protected Players). There is no cap limit on the remaining “Reserve Roster” selections, however during the season upon completion of a transaction to the Active Roster the team must not exceed the NFHL Salary Cap. Upon completion of the Phase 2 Reserve Rosters selections the NFHL team must meet the following criteria:
· A minimum of 4 Defenseman must be placed on the 15-player Reserve Roster.
· The Reserve Roster may not exceed more than 2 Goalies.
The phase 2-selection deadline is Monday October 2nd, 2017 @11:59 PM.
The Salary Cap for the 2017-18 Season does not allow a “Team Payroll” to be above $75 Million. The “Team Payroll” shall mean the accumulated salaries of all 23 players on the “Active Roster”. The Reserve Players salaries DO NOT count against the “Team Payroll”.
At no point during the season can a Teams Payroll exceed the NFHL Salary Cap.
For the 2017-18 NFHL season each team will be allowed ten (10) transactions to be utilized to bring up players from the Reserve Roster. Transaction can only occur between a team’s Active and Reserve Roster of players from the same position. There is no trading of players outside a team’s roster.
Upon completion of any transaction the team must meet the following criteria:
- The Transaction must occur between players within the same position.
- The Active Roster must not exceed the NFHL Salary Cap.
When a NFHL team request a Transaction it will not occur until the player being placed to the Reserve Rosters NHL team plays its next game. For example, if an NFHL team has requested placing Giroux (Flyers) to the reserve on a Tuesday but the Flyers don’t play until Thursday the transaction will not occur until Thursday the day the Flyers would play their next game.
On game days where both the player being placed on Reserve and the player being activated to the Active Roster NHL teams play the transaction request must occur prior to both NHL games.
Each player movement from the Reserve Roster to the Active Roster counts as one transaction. Example: If Player “A” is injured and sent to reserve and replaced with a reserve player – one transactions. Then Player “A” is returned to the Active Roster this counts as an additional transaction for a total of two.
Forwards and Defenseman are awarded 1 point for each Goal and Assist. Goalies are awarded 2 points for a Win and 1 point for an OT/SO Loss, 1 point for each Goal or Assist and 2 points for a Shutout.
Team’s total points are determined by accumulated points of the top 12 Forwards, 6 Defensemen, and 2 goalies (only 20 players) on 23-player active roster. Overall leader in points decides league Champion at end of NHL regular season. In case of tie in any position in standings the following format will be used.
- Most Goals of top 12 Forwards & 6 Defenseman & Points from top 2 Goalies
- Most Points of top 12 Forwards & 6 Defenseman.
- Most Goals of top 12 Forwards & 6 Defenseman.
- Most Points of top 12 Forwards.
- Most Goals of top 12 Forwards.
The Compensation Pool is determined by the number of team owners with funds removed to cover administration, statistic and PayPal fees. Compensation Awards will be provided to the NFHL Champion, 2nd and 3rd overall teams and the 4 Division Winners. As well awards will be given to the NFHL Lottery and Compensation winner. The league will announced all Compensation Pool fund allocations on the NFHL Network prior to the start of the NFHL 2017-18 Season.
NFHL Draft and Compensation Lottery
Upon completion of the season a NFHL Draft and Compensation Lottery will be held the same days the NHL Draft Lottery (TBD)
NFHL DRAFT LOTTERY
Teams that finish in 17th place or worse will be assigned a three-digit number (000-999) determined by the team’s final placement in the standings. The worst team will receive the most numbers while the 17th place team will receive the least. Using the Pennsylvania three digit “Pick 3” evening number the team’s number that matches the number drawn will be deemed the NFHL Lottery winner. Depending on the number of franchises will determine number allocations. The winner of the Lottery will receive automatic enrollment into the NFHL following season without having to provide League Entry Fee.
NFHL COMPENSATION LOTTERY
Only the top 16 teams will participate in the Compensation Lottery. Each lottery participant will be assigned three digit numbers (000-999) determined by the team’s final placement in the standings. The League Champion will receive the most numbers while the 16th place team will receive the least. Using the Pennsylvania three digit “Pick 3” day number the team’s number that matches the number drawn will be deemed the NFHL Compensation Lottery winner.
Reviewed and approved by:
NFHL OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONERS
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