It is one of the most exciting times of the year, the NAHL playoffs. 28 teams have worked all season long for their next goal… to get to the post-season. After this Sunday, that will be a reality for 20 teams. Following two rounds of playoffs, only six teams will remain for a shot at becoming NAHL Robertson Cup National Champions.
Every hockey league has a different playoff structure and the NAHL is no different. Here is a brief look at some frequently asked questions about the 2012 NAHL Playoffs and each team’s quest to become the Robertson Cup National Champion:
Q: When is the final regular season game of the 2011-12 season?
A: Sunday, April 1, 2012
Q: How many NAHL teams make the playoffs?
A: 20, the top four from each of the five divisions in the NAHL.
Q: How is seeding for the playoffs in each division determined?
A: By the number of points accumulated in the regular season.
Q: What is the tie-breaking format between two teams with the same number of points?
A: 1. Wins 2. Head-to-head record 3. Goal differential in head-to-head competition 4. Total goal differential 5. Coin Flip
Q: What is the playoff format for each playoff round and the Robertson Cup?
Q: Is there a way to view a 2012 playoff schedule and bracket online?
A: Yes, right here
Q: What if the score in a playoff game is tied after regulation?
A: Playoff games in the NAHL are played to completion. There are no shootouts like in the regular season. If the game is tied after regulation, the ice shall be resurfaced. A fifteen minute intermission shall take place. Then, a twenty-minute, 5 on 5, sudden death overtime period shall be played. The game shall end upon a goal being scored and the Club scoring declared the winner. If no goal is scored, the same procedure as above shall be repeated until a winner has been determined. Clubs will change ends each overtime period.
Q: Will all playoff games be broadcast?
A: Yes, all games are broadcast live on FASTHockey, the official broadcast provider of the NAHL.
Q: Where is the 2012 NAHL Robertson Cup National Championship being held?
A: Frisco, Texas
Q: Does the Robertson Cup and the 2012 NAHL Playoffs have a dedicated website?
A: Yes, www.robertsoncup.com
Q: Who are the past Robertson Cup Champions?
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