All Teams must Dress and Play 20 players in a game throughout the entire season.
1A) Injuries - If player(s) is injured and a team plays multiple games during the same sim, thereby not giving a team a chance to dress and play 20.
1B) Injuries – If a team has two players injured, these can be counted towards the 20 players above. However, if a team has more than two injured players, replacement players are needed. For example, if a team has a 20 man roster and two players are injured, 20 players are still counted. However, if a team has a 20 man roster and three players are injured, 19 players are counted. If a team has a 20 man roster and four players are injured, 18 players are counted. Therefore, call ups or extra roster players are needed to dress and play 20 players.
The above will strictly be enforced during the playoffs. If a team does not follow the above for two games during a playoff series, the team's player with the top icetime will be suspended for two games. The next infraction for the same team will result in the player with the top icetime being suspended for another game, and so on. Suspensions can carry over to the next series. Same suspensions apply during the regular season. ***Note: A team must still dress and play 20 players even with a player suspended***
Note: If the infraction above occurs during Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, the game will be resimmed.
It is up to the GMs to report such violations to Wil or myself. Note that in certain circumstances, the above suspensions may be waived, very rarely.
Tips to avoid the above scenario:
1) Make sure to have enough players to play on your main roster, especially when injuries are in effect
2) For Forward and Defense Usage – Try not to select “Just Two” or “Just Three” in Tactics. Even "Overload" is discouraged
3) Besides dressing each player, make sure to slot each player on a line so they do in fact play
4) In the end, if it does not happen in the real NHL, probably not a good idea to do it. Remember, always keep the best interests of the league at heart. If you do, your all set
*Due credit given to Dano and the NBHL on the original creators of the penalties*