PHL Pool Rules, c 1999 / updated 2007 / updated PHL Home Page


Perennial Hockey League Pool (PHL Pool)


Date of inception: June 1, 1998


League Board of Directors at inception: Ger W. Cawdell and Chris L. Teeple


Roster: teams have 30 Player slots to fill


Team Scoring:

Regular Season, count the "scoring roster" (best 12 Forwards, best 6 Defense, best 2 Goalies)

Playoff roster, as selected by the GM, is any 8 forwards, 4 defense, & 1 Goalie from their roster


Prize Money: 65% of proceeds payout for regular season, 35% for playoffs. Total payout is determined according to the total amount collected for the season. The breakdown (ie. 1st place, 2nd place, etc.) will be determined by the Board of Directors according to the number of franchises in the PHL Pool (see table 1). Ties will be broken according to the following rules, in order of importance: total goals scored by scoring roster, total assists scored by scoring roster, total wins recorded by scoring roster goalies, total +/ rating of scoring roster defense, total points scored by the spare roster. If still tied after all criteria, then the appropriate prizes shall be split between the franchises.


Franchise fees: $60 annually, which covers new free agent signings


Franchise Name: each franchise must have a name, and the Leagues Board of Directors must approve this name.


Original setup: Each General Manager (GM) pays $50 to register his team and the team's name. Then a free agent draft is held in an auction format, with all GMs present. Each team has pool units available for auction (2500). Each GM can spend any amount (in whole pool units) up to this limit. The minimum price for any player is 1 pool unit.


Eligibility rules: Any player may be drafted to a GM's roster, provided that player has been either signed or drafted by an NHL team, or played at least one game for an NHL team. Once on a roster, that player is property of the GM until either:

a) the player is intentionally dropped from the roster (during the off-season);

b) the player is "unprotected" and claimed in an expansion draft, or;

c) the player is traded to another PHL team


Position Eligibility

Players shall be classified as a Forward, a Defenseman, or a Goalie. In case of any potential discrepancy, the current position as listed in the Player Database shall be the position used.


Scoring System:

Forwards accumulate points as per their regular statistics; one point awarded for a goal, and one point for an assist.


Defense score one point for a goal, one for an assist, and a bonus calculated from their +/- rating divided by 2. If the +/- rating is negative, then the bonus is subtracted from the defenseman's point totals.

(IE. If Roman Hamrlik finished the season with 14G, 26A, and -12, he would get 14+26-6 = 34 total points)


Goalies get points from each win (1.5 points), tie (0.5 point), shutout (extra 2 points), assist (1 point), goal (5 points), and a bonus calculated from the GAA over the season [#Games Played /(GAA*GAA)].

IE. If Olaf Kolzig plays 60 games and finished the season with 33w, 8t, 6so, 2a, Og, and GAA of 1.75, he would score 49.5+4+12+2+0+19.5 = 87.0 points.


Points for all players will be rounded to the nearest half or full value.


Regular Season rules: Of the 30 roster slots filled by each GM, the highest scoring 12 forwards are added to the highest scoring 6 defencemen and to the best 2 goalies. These 20 players comprise the "scoring roster." If a GM does not have sufficient players to count the required amount (ie. if the GM only has one goalie) then the remaining "scoring roster" positions are counted as zero.


Playoff rules: Prior to the start of the playoffs, each GM must submit to the League's Board of Directors a list of 13 players to count for the NHL playoffs, consisting of 8 forwards, 4 defense, and 1 goalie. These players must be on the GM's roster at the end of the regular season. If a GM does not submit his list before the playoffs start, then it shall be assumed that the playoff roster comprises that GM's best 8 forwards, best 4 defense, and best goalie from the regular season, as determined by the final statistics, whether or not they are in the playoffs. The playoff-scoring total for each roster includes the point totals earned by all 13 players, calculated in the same manner as in the regular season.


Rule Changes: In order to change or amend any rules for the league, a minimum of 75% of the current General Managers must approve of the proposed change (if done in the off-season). During the actual NHL season, 100% of GM approval will be required. No league changes shall be implemented until these conditions are met.


Expansion Franchises: As long as the PHL pool has fewer than 10 franchises, expansion will be permitted before the start of a new season. Once the league has expanded to 10 franchises, no further expansion will be permitted without an amendment to the PHL pool rules. If league expansion is determined to be happening, a list of "protected players" from each franchise must be submitted to the Board of Directors by the "Expansion Draft Date". Each GM will be required to "protect" a maximum of 13 of his regular season "scoring roster," however, at least one of the GM's "elite players" must be left "unprotected". Each expansion franchise is permitted to draft a maximum of 5 of these "elite players". Of the "spare roster" players, a maximum of 5 can be protected. The end result is that expansion franchises have access to at least 12 players from every GM's franchise. Expansion franchises can pick up to 30 players they want, subject to the stipulation that existing teams can only lose a maximum of 5 players from their "overall roster" in an expansion draft. After the expansion draft, all unclaimed "unprotected players" are returned to their respective franchises.


Free Agent signings: After the expansion draft (if any) is complete, franchises subsequently will submit a list of players to be dropped from their overall rosters. These players then become "free agents" and are available to the highest bidding team at the "Free Agent Draft". Draft nomination order is determined by the final rankings at the end of the previous regular season, in reverse order (ie. the worst franchise, or expansion franchisees), nominates first, and the best one nominates last, etc.). As the free-agent draft is auction-style, new pool units are allotted in descending order of finish according to the previous season. If any GM wants to buy a Free Agent, all other franchises have the right to bid for the same player up to their franchise's limit. **Effective with the 2009-10 NHL Season, the auction process has been replaced with a simple reverse order draft. Franchises draft their players in turn, in reverse order of the previous seasons final standings. The draft will be completed via email, and there will be a 12 hour window for each pick to be made. If a GM fails to make their pick within the allotted timeframe, then that pick will be deferred to the round following that GMs last scheduled pick, in the same draft position that they would have had according to the original draft order. The final pick of the draft should be made in a timely manner in the spirit of fair play, and there is no official penalty in effect for the final pick of the draft.


Trading: Trades shall be allowed between franchises provided the following criteria are met:

1) the trade must be for a maximum of 4 players per team involved; and,

2)  trades may involve future draft picks; since each franchise drops different numbers of players we will not know the precise number of drafting rounds applicable each year; however, should a franchise trade away a certain round draft pick and then not drop enough players to require pickups at that point, the GM who acquired that pick uses it during what would be the original GM's last pick.  The original GM then completes his team by drafting his last player in the next round.  A GM who trades away a draft pick MUST have available one empty roster spot for each draft pick he has traded away for that draft year.  An example to clarify: TEAM A trades a 6th round pick to TEAM B.  If TEAM A then decide to drop only 4 players and only need to draft 4 players, then TEAM A will receive TEAM B's 4th round pick.  TEAM A then draft their last player in round 5.

3) the result of each trade may not result in a move of more than one position up or down in the overall standings by either involved franchise as measured at the date of the announced trade; and,

4) there may not be a difference of greater than 2 between the number of players on each side of the trade (eg. 3 for 1 is okay, but 4 for 1 is not); and,

5) during the season, rosters are not allowed to go below 27 players or exceed 33 players. At the conclusion of the annual redraft, all teams must have exactly 30 players on their roster.


All points earned by the involved players are transferred to the new team's totals. The trading deadline during the regular season is the same day and time as that used by the NHL, after which, no trades can be made until the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Details of the trade must be delivered to either one of the Leagues Board of Directors, and approved, before the trade becomes official. A PHL Pool fee for trading will be no longer be charged to each PHL franchise involved in a trade.


Pool Unit Allocation: pool unit limits for free agent signings are as follows:

1st place = max 50 pool units

2nd place = max 100 pool units

3rd place = max 150 pool units

4th place = max 200 pool units

5th place = max 250 pool units

6th place = max 300 pool units

7th place = max 350 pool units

8th place = max 400 pool units

9th place = max 450 pool units

10th place = max 500 pool units

Expansion teams are allotted a maximum of 2500 pool units for free agent signings in order to fill their overall roster.

**Effective with the 2009-10 NHL Season, the auction process has been replaced with a simple reverse order draft, so auction points are no longer awarded.


Franchise folding: Any franchise wishing to fold must announce their intention to do so by the "folding date". A franchise's fees MUST BE PAID to a member of the PHL Pool's Board of Directors by the "folding date", or it shall be assumed that the franchise in question is folding. A team that folds is available for purchase by an expansion GM. If a new GM purchases a folding franchise, this is considered to be a "transfer of ownership," and does not in itself result in an expansion draft. The first Expansion GM who expresses interest in joining the PHL pool has first option of selecting a folding franchise to purchase if so desired.


If a franchise is folding and no new GMs wish to purchase it, then the overall roster will be dispersed among all franchises according to a random picking order (not auction style draft) weighted to favor the weaker (and expansion) franchises (like the NBA draft lottery). The random order is consistent once determined. (IE. Order goes: 5-4-3-2-1-5-4-3-2-1, etc.) GMs can pick up as few or as many players as they want, but they are required to have room on their overall roster for any dispersed players they pick up. The dispersal draft occurs immediately prior to the Free Agent Draft on that day.


Eg. If 6 teams are in the league and I folds, then the previous season's last place team has 5/15 chance of getting first choice, the 2nd last has 4/15 chances, 3rd last gets 3/15, 4th last (2nd best) gets 2/15, and best remaining gets 1/15 chance. In this scenario, if an expansion team was coming in, they would get 6/21 chances of first pick, last place previous gets 5/21, etc.





1) Folding Notice deadline date (August 1)


2) Expansion application deadline date (second Sunday after Aug. 1)


3) Expansion Draft (if necessary)


4) PHL Re-Draft Commences:

1st) all GMs email their drops to the board of directors

2nd) Folding team dispersal, if necessary players,

3rd) Free Agent email draft starts,

4th) Final roster verification


5) Both the Expansion Draft and the Free Agent Draft will be done prior to the commencement of the NHL regular season at a mutually agreeable time to all GMs, as determined by the Board of Directors.


6) Regular Season starts.


7) Regular Season ends.


8) Playoff roster submittal deadline.


9) Playoffs start.


10) Playoffs end.


11) Pool prizes are dispersed to winning GMs.


12) Return to step one.



Prize Payouts PHL Home Page


Table I.


REGULAR SEASON (65% of money collected)





Approx. Payment














PLAYOFFS (35% of money collected)




Approx. Payment

















"Elite Player": one of the top five point getters of each GM's "Scoring Roster"


Expansion Application date: the second Sunday following the "folding date"


Expansion Draft: the draft wherein an expansion franchise claims "unprotected" players from existing franchises


Expansion Franchise: a franchise that is created when a new GM enters the PHL Pool without purchasing an existing franchise.


Folding date: August 1 each year, or as determined by the Board of Directors


Franchise fee: the annual fee paid by each GM to register his team for the upcoming season. (Currently $60)


Free Agent: a player who has been drafted by, signed by, or has played at least one game for an NHL team, but is not included on the roster of any of the PHL Pool GM's teams.


Free Agent Draft: the draft wherein all franchises fill their overall rosters


GM (General Manager): the Person who owns the franchise. In the case of co-ownership, each involved Person is entitled to of the rights associated with being a PHL Pool GM.


"Overall Roster": complete franchise list of 30 players whose rights are owned by the GM


PHL Re-Draft: the annual PHL Draft, prior to the commencement of the NHL Season, wherein each franchise announces the players they are dropping from their rosters, and the subsequent auction-style draft wherein each franchise acquires players until the 30 player slots are filled. **Effective with the 2009-10 NHL Season, the auction process has been replaced with a simple reverse order draft.


PHL Regular Season start: 12:00 Noon, Victoria, BC, time, the day following the free agent draft


Pool Unit: the unit of currency used in the PHL Pool. One pool unit is equivalent to 1 cent in Canadian funds.


"Protected" Player: a player on an existing franchise's roster who is not available to be claimed by an expansion franchise


"Scoring Roster": the portion of the "overall roster" comprising the best 12 forwards, best 6 defense, and best 2 goalies as determined by calculated point totals


"Spare Roster": the portion of players on an "Overall Roster" that are not included on the "Scoring Roster."


"Unprotected" Player: a player on an existing franchise's roster who is made available for claiming by an expansion franchise