Welcome to the OSHL. The OSHL is a small 6 team league with franchises located in the 6 pre-expansion NHL locations: Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Montreal, New York and Toronto. All actions will be done on the internet. Correspondence will be via e-mail. There is also a website. The address is 




Initial Rosters and first draft


The initial rosters for each team will be 20 players from the NHL counterpart, as of the end of the 1966-67 season who played in the 1967-68 season, regardless of what NHL team they played for in 67-68. The remaining players from 1967-68 will make up the initial draft pool before the start of the 1st OSHL season. The 1st round will be for territorial picks (see below, section 3 for explanation). The initial draft will consist of 10 rounds. The draft order for the 1st season will be in reverse order of the standings for the 1966-67 season: 1) Boston 2) Detroit 3) New York 4) Toronto 5) Montreal 6) Chicago.


Players used and disks


The disks used for the GOAL league will be used, with the exception of the Russian players found on those disks. After every season, the ratings and players from the next NHL season will be used. Any NHL players who move on to the WHA (from 1972-79) will have their WHA stats and ratings used. All WHA players not owned by OSHL teams but who played in the NHL prior to the 1972-73 season will be available in the 1972-73 draft for one time only. After that, all un-owned WHA players cannot be drafted. Any players kept on an OSHL roster that was drafted prior to the 1972-73 season will have their WHA card used. Any players that make their pro debut in the WHA will not be used until they begin play in the NHL  (example: Gretzky’s first year will be NHL 1979-80 not 1978-79 WHA, Bobby Hull’s WHA years will be used). If a disk for a WHA season can’t be found, the commish will make up the card’s for those WHA years missing.


Starting with season 8 the OSHL will go back to the 1926-27. Each team will get 12 players from the 1926-27 teams (11 skaters, 1 goalie). There will then be a draft of the players from the other 4 teams from that NHL season.


Roster size


Teams can have up 30 players on their roster. Teams must cut down to 30 players after each free agent draft. If a player didn’t make the season disk, a team can protect the player which counts toward the 30 player maximum. Starting with the 1926-27 season roster size will vary, according to the season and NHL rule at the time. This will affect the amount of players that can be dressed at a time. The max # of players will remain at 30.





Free Agent Draft


Before the start of every season a 5 round waiver draft will take place (with the exception of the first season). Beginning with the 1926-27 season the length of the draft will be determined by the amount of available players. Players available include any players from the next season disk not already owned.  Due to small amount of goalies available in the pre-expansion NHL a goalie can’t be drafted unless there are enough available goalie games played on all rosters or are available to be drafted after that selection, unless the team drafting cuts a goalie immediately, who then becomes available to be drafted, as long as there are still enough goalies games available to draft. A team may elect to trade a goalie to another team in order to draft a goalie as long as there are still enough available goalie games. After the draft, teams must cut down to 30 players (or less). The first round will be the territorial protection round. Each team selects one available player who played for the same franchise as the OSHL franchise. If a NHL player played for more than one team in one year, the team the player finished the regular season with will be considered the team they played for. This round will be considered the 1st round of the draft as far as trades are considered. If that pick is traded, the team in possession of the pick after the trade can pick a player from either their franchise, or the franchise that traded the pick away (example, if Toronto trades their 1st round pick to Montreal, Montreal has the option of picking a Toronto or Montreal NHL player). As we approach the years of the 6 team NHL there will be seasons where a team may have no territorial players to pick. When this occurs the team will get 2 picks in a row in the 2nd round.


Draft is 5 rounds and will take place by e-mail. Draft order will go in reverse order of the final regular season, with the Stanley Cup winner picking last. The draft order will remain the same for every round, pending trades. The 1926-27 draft order will be determined by the actual NHL standings for that year.








Trades between teams can take place at any time during the calendar year except between the trade deadline (approx. ¾ into the season) and the end of the playoffs.


Trades can involve any number of players and/or free agent draft picks. Only draft picks for the next draft can be traded. The only time draft picks for 2 drafts may be traded is during a draft, and then picks for that draft and the next may be traded. All trades must be confirmed by both sides to me by e-mail. If a trade is obviously one-sided, it can be nullified by me. If anybody has a complaint about a trade, they have 1 week to lodge a complaint with me and a decision will be made quickly. If one side of the trade hasn’t confirmed a trade with me within a week, it will be nullified. I will attempt to contact such person first before nullifying a trade. If, as a result of a trade, a team goes over 30 players, they must cut a player (s) immediately.


Please respond to trade offers. It is common courtesy to respond to all trade offers, even if it is to say “no thanks”. If you will be away, or unavailable to respond to e-mails for a while please let me know or post it on the Yahoo group.







Regular Season & games played limits


The league will have 6 teams. There will 1 division and there will be a 80 game schedule. Games will be played one day per week, with each team playing 10 games at a time. Injuries will be turned off for the regular season.


Players will have a maximum number of games that they can play in the regular season based on how many games they played in the NHL season and the length of the NHL season. The maximum (for skaters & goalies) will be the amount of NHL games played, rounded up to the next 10 game plateau. Example: if a player played 67 games, their maximum # of games played in the OSHL regular season will be 70. 42 games- will be 50, 55 will be 60 etc. The OSHL season will be the same length of the NHL season, rounded up to the next 10 game plateau (e.g. 44 game schedule will be 50 games in the OSHL, etc). One player profile will be sent to the commish for each batch of weekly games. It is up to the team owner to ensure players do not pass their maximum allowed games, although players who reach their maximum will be listed as injured for the rest of the regular season.    


There will be a set number of dressed players per game, based on the actual NHL rules of the day. Teams must dress the exact amount of players for each game based on the following NHL seasons:


1926-27 to 1928-29 (inclusive): 11 skaters plus 1 goalie

1929-30 to 1950-51 (inclusive): 14 skaters plus 1 goalie

1951-52 to 1952-53 (inclusive): 15 skaters plus goalie (s)

1953-54 :                                    16 skaters plus goalie (s)

1954-55 to 1959-60 (inclusive): 18 skaters plus goalie (s)

1960-61 to 1970-71 (inclusive): 16 skaters plus goalie (s)

1971-72 to 1981-82 (inclusive): 18 skaters plus goalies


3 seasons or more will be played per calendar year. The approximate time frame will be: season 1  Sept-Nov, season 2 Dec-Feb, season 3 Mar-May.


Ties in standings- tie breaking will go as follows:

1)      wins 2) goal for/ goals against 3) head to head games 4) head to head games gf/ga 5) 1 game playoff


Regular season games will be 60 minutes in length (three periods of 20 minutes each). If tied there will be one 10 minute sudden death overtime. Playoff games will have 20 minute overtimes. Starting with the 1926-27 season regular season overtime rules will follow the NHL rules of the day as per the following:


1926-27: 20 minute sudden death, tie awarded if no goal scored

1927-28: 10 minute sudden death, tie awarded if no goal scored

1928-29 to 1942-43 (inclusive): 10 minute, not sudden death, tie awarded if OT ends tied

1943-44 to 1982-83: no overtime, tie declared

1983-84 to lock-out: 5 minute sudden death, tie awarded if no goal scored

After lock-out: TBD, if we ever reach there


Note- no pre-season games will be played.


Penalty rules


APBA Hockey has 2 choices regarding penalties: whether to eject the instigator in a fight and whether to replace players having coincidental minors. These will be selected according the NHL rules of the day as follows:


Eject instigator: turned on starting with the 1992-93 season

Replace players during coincidental minors: no from 1926-27 to 1984-85 (inclusive) and from 1992-93 to today. Yes from 1985-86 to 1991-92 (inclusive).




All series will be best of 7. First place team will play 4th place team nad 2nd place team will play 3rd place team, with the 2 winners playing in the final.


Playoff usage:


Injuries will be turned on for the playoffs but the maximum # of days a player can be injured will be 10 days. Any injuries longer than that will be lowered to 10 in Apba Commissioner.



Season end awards


At the end of every regular season league members will vote on individual awards. They are: Hart Trophy (League MVP), Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year), Vezina Trophy (Top goalie) and the Norris Trophy (Top defenseman). Also awarded is the Art Ross Trophy (top scorer), the Maurice Richard Trophy (top goal scorer) and the Prince of Wales Trophy (regular season champion). The league commissioner will also select the 1st and 2nd all star teams. After the playoffs, the Stanley Cup is awarded to the playoff champion and the commissioner will award the Conn Smyth Trophy to the playoff MVP.










Every team must send in a lineup each group of 10 games starts. It is strongly recommended that APHCOMM (APBA Commissioner) be used. I will supply this program (if needed) and all data files required. You can also send in a lineup by e-mail. Games will be played once a week (usually the weekend).


If any trades are made which affects regulars in your lineup, owner must send new lineup, or new player (s) will not be in your lineup. You can send only 1 lineup per week of games.




All game summaries, stats, etc will posted on the website after each week’s games. Data files are also posted on the website.



Hopefully this explains all the rules and regulations of the Original Six Hockey league. HAVE FUN AND GOOD LUCK!!!