So figure it works like this:
Division teams are ranked 1-6 based on out-of-division winning percentages from all five teams' records combined.
Teams 1 and 2 get byes into round two. Team 3 plays team 6, and 4 plays 5. Teams are reseeded in Round 2.
Rounds 1 and 2 follow the following rules:
Rosters have 9 forwards, 5 defensemen, and 2 goalies. Teams play two 20 minute periods (with goalie swap each period if there are no injuries), followed by a standard OT and shootout if necessary.
Once teams reach round 3, they may name an additional 3 forwards, 1 defensemen, and 1 goalie. Teams play a standard 3 20 minute periods (with goalie swap each period if there are no injuries), followed by a standard OT and shootout if necessary.
The All-Star break would proceed as follows:
Last game before break is on Tuesday. Skills competition is on Thursday evening. Round 1 is Friday evening. Round 2 is Saturday evening. Round 3 is Sunday evening.
Obviously, some adjustments could be made to this format, but this could work out as far as the 'tournament' idea.
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