AFFILIATE PLAYER RULES FOR THE 2014/15 SEASON

WKMH Rules and Regulations

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2104 Affiliate Players (Rep):
(a) Affiliate players must be clearly identified as AP on the score sheet
(b) Any player registered on a BC Hockey team may play on a higher division or classification team as an affiliate player, provided that player is eligible to register with that team on a card (same geographic subdivision, etc.)
(c) An affiliate player includes any player from a recreational or house team or any ‘carded’ player at Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3, or Tier 4 levels.
(d) The Rep team using the affiliate player must have the player approved on a BC Hockey Affiliation form and registered with the team as an affiliate player prior to using the player.
(e) The team for which the player would normally play must give prior approval (from the Association President) EACH time that player is to be used as an affiliate. House commitments are a priority.

Affiliate Player is also defined by the Hockey Canada Constitution “PART III – REGULATIONS: Regulation E: Affiliation” (Hockey Canada Articles, By-laws, Regulations, History: Effective 2001-2002 Season)
2105 “Casual Player” cards are no longer in use. Refer to Bulletin #2001-15-I
2106 Deadline for submission of final team roster is January 10 (no changes or additions to roster after this date).

2124 Affiliate Players (House):
(a) Affiliate players must come from the next lower house division in within the association.
(b) Affiliate players must be clearly identified as AP on the score sheet.
(c) If WKMHA creates an Atom pool A, it will be declared at a higher level than other Atom pool(s) for affiliation purposes.

Affiliate Player (AP) Policy
1. Players can only be brought up if the requesting team’s numbers fall below fifteen (15).
2. Requesting team can only bring up enough players to bring the total number of players to fifteen (15).
3. Player can only be brought up through releasing team’s coach.
4. First priority for releasing players is their house schedule. The player’s own team commitments come before playing as an AP for another team.
5. Once a player is brought up for a game, the existing players on the requesting team and the affiliate player(s) should have equal ice opportunity.
6. Once a player has been brought up, he/she cannot be utilized as an AP again until the remaining eligible players have had the opportunity to play as an AP or refuse.

NOTE: Each individual association is responsible for determining which players in their association are eligible to be brought up as AP.

**Please note the following adjustment to Hockey Canada Regulation E35a. This change is in effect for the current season and adjusts the limitations on the number of games an affiliated player is eligible to participate in.

The updated regulation (with wording changes in bold type) is as follows:

2013-2014 Hockey Canada Regulation E35a
35. a) A player of a team of a lower Division or category of the same club, or of an affliated team, or a specially affliated player, may affliate to a team or teams of higher Divisions and categories at any time, to a maximum of ten (10) games. However, if the player’s registered team completes its regular season and playoffs before the player’s affliated team or teams, the player may thereafter affliate an unlimited number of times. For goaltender exceptions see Regulations B.42, E.36 (b).

In summary, the following changes are now in effect:

  • The five game limit after January 10 no longer applies.
  • Affiliation guidelines are now consistent at minor, junior and senior hockey.
  • Affiliate players are now limited to ten (10) games maximum over the course of a season. The purpose of this limitation is to prevent the use of “permanent affiliates”.
  • Affiliate players may not play an eleventh game until their carded team has completed their season.
  • An affiliate player who does participate in more than ten games will be deemed to be an ineligible player.