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Features

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 14 game season and playoffs running from March 31st-August 4th.

Spring/Summer BEHL divisions:

  • Mite BEHL (2011-2013)

  • Squirt BEHL (2009-2010)

  • Pee Wee BEHL (2007-2008) 

- All players are required to apply/register

- Standings and player statistics

- Team rosters include 15 skaters and 2 goalies

- Coaches with Junior, NCAA and professional experience

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

- All games are on Sundays

- All games played at HarborCenter

-Blackout dates will be Easter, Memorial Day Weekend and June 2nd.

-Evaluation skate will take place Sunday, March 10th. 

Cost for Skater is $225 and goalies are $125

Registration

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

Step 1 - Registration

You will receive confirmation and more information by March 1st

Step 2 - Team Information

After the registration process is complete, you will receive all league information including team and schedule.

Step 3 - Puck Drop

Games begin in March and conclude in August.

Dates

 

  • Applications accepted until February 25th
  • Mid March - Roster's & Schedule set
  • Below is a list of Game Day's 
  • Game Week 1 March 31st
  • Game Week 2 April 7th
  • Game Week 3 April 14th
  • Game Week 4 April 28th
  • Game Week 5 May 5th
  • Game Week 6 May 12th
  • Game Week 7 May 19th
  • Game Week 8 June 9th
  • Game Week 9 June 16th
  • Game Week 10 June 23rd
  • Game Week 11 June 30th
  • Game Week 12 July 7th
  • Game Week 13 July 14th
  • Game Week 14 July 21st
  • Playoffs July 28th
  • Finals August 4th

Dates are subject to change.

Rules

1. Playing Area

Protective netting, wall, glass and ceiling are all considered “in play”. All divisions including 8U are full ice. 

2. League/Teams

The league is made up of three divisions.  

  • Mite BEHL (2011-2013)

  • Squirt BEHL (2009-2010)

  • Pee Wee BEHL (2007-2008) 

3. Game Flow

  • Each warm up is 3:00 minutes.
  • Each game is 27:30 minutes.
  • The only faceoff is the opening faceoff. 
  • 10U/12U Shifts are 1:15 designed to push the pace and players will change on the horn.
  • 8U Shifts are 1:30 designed to push the pace and players will change on the horn. 
  • Games ending in ties will result in a sudden death shootout. 
  • Each team plays two back-to-back games on game day. 
  • Breaks in-between games will be 1:00.

4. Equipment

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

5. Penalties

  • All penalties will result in that player being removed from the ice for the remainder of that shift and the next. Teams will play shorthanded when penalties occur. 

6. Playoffs

  • All teams will make playoffs. 

7. Golden Rule

  • The BEHL Commissioner may change any rule at anytime.
FAQs

1. When does the league start/end?
Applications will be accepted in February, and play begins in March. The playoffs conclude in August.

2. How much is the league and what does it include?
BEHL is $225 for skaters and $125 for goalies.  The league includes 14 game days plus playoffs, high-level coaches, t-shirt, jersey, socks and parking for players.

3. Are all games at HarborCenter?
Yes. All games are at HarborCenter on Sundays. 

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. An evaluation skate will take place on Sunday, March 10th to properly evaluate player's skill level.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. 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 will be posted soon.
 
9. 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.

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

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

12. When will the schedule be out? 
Dates are already available online, and game-times will be posted shortly.
 
13. How many games will we play a week?
A typical week will have one game day.  Bye weeks are worked into the schedule to avoid holidays and events at HarborCenter. 


14. Will there be practices?
There will not be practices.
 
15. Are standings and stats posted?
Yes, team, player, and goalie stats will be tracked and posted at rinksatharborcenter.com
 
16.  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.