Player Protection Rights (Updated October 2023) as per CCHL Rules & Regulations (June 2023)
To protect its rights to a player, a Team must ensure the player is, at all times, listed on one of the following protection lists, which shall be maintained by the League based on accurate information provided to it by its Members.
Each season, Teams are permitted to reserve the rights of previously drafted or signed Under-17 players. To exercise this right, a Team must submit a U17 List to the Commissioner in writing on or before the Season Opening Deadline.
The rules governing each Team’s U7 List are as follows:
- Players selected in a previous Bantam Draft are deemed to be immediately placed on that Teams’ U17 List.
- Players who were on a Team’s U18 active roster must be placed on that Team’s U17 List.
- Players under the age of 17 who are registered on a CCHL card can be placed within the U17 list.
At the conclusion of each season, all players on a Team’s U17 List shall be moved to the that Team’s 40-Player List for the off season, even if it results in the 40-Player List containing more than 40.
Each season, Teams are also permitted to protect a maximum of forty (40) players on the 40-Player List. To exercise this right, a Team must submit its 40-Player List to the Commissioner in writing on or before the Season Opening Deadline.
A player may only be placed on a Team’s 40-Player List if:
- The player was on the HCR of another team in a different league, but the player has signed to a Junior ‘A’ card with the Member Team and has been placed on the HCR of that Member.
- The player was properly moved from one of the Team’s other protection lists recognized.
- The player is acquired via trade from another Team
The rules governing each Team’s 40-Player List are as follows
- All players on the current season’s HCR for the Team must be listed on the Team’s 40-Player list.
- Any player who is listed on the Team’s HCR at the end of the previous season must be listed on the Team’s 40-Player List or the Team will be deemed to have waived all protection rights to that player.
- A player who is on a Team’s protection list, who is offered a Junior ‘A’ card by that Team, but refuses to sign said card can be placed on that Team’s 40-Player List and remain on said list until deleted.
- A player who has signed a Junior ‘A’ card with a Team, who does not report or make himself available to play on the Team, can remain on that Team’s 40-Player List until he is no longer eligible to play in the CCHL.
The rules governing each Team’s Reserve List are as follows:
- A player who is on a Team’s protection list and eligible to return to the League as a player may be placed on a Team’s Reserve List if that player, for the upcoming season, signs with a team in the CHL, signs a NLOI with an NCAA team, signs with a USPORTS team, or is signed with a Professional team. RinkNet shall be the final authority when determining if a player is eligible for a Reserve List.
- Once placed on the Reserved List, the player shall remain on the Reserved List until one of the following occurs: 1) the player no longer meets the criteria set out in paragraph 1 above, in which case the Team must take a step to protect its rights to the player within forty-eight (48) hours of the moment in which the player failed to meet the criteria set out in paragraph 1 or the player will be deemed to be a free agent; 2) the player is transferred to one of the other protection lists; 3) the Team trades the player or waives its rights to the player by releasing the player; or 4) the player is no longer eligible to play in the CCHL.