The Duffers Hockey League is a non-contact adult recreational ice hockey league in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada.
The league is for hockey players who want structured league play that is competitive and sportsmanlike. Fighting, overly aggressive play and verbal abuse is not tolerated. Player enjoyment and safety is a league priority.
The league is made up of novice to intermediate players who have taken adult learn to play hockey training, played pickup or minor hockey. The league is also popular with skilled players who prefer less aggressive hockey. Teams in the league have been formed from existing players in the league, pickup, corporate groups and individual players who register with the league. Individual players are assigned to existing teams that require additional players before new teams are formed.
Players must be 19 years old to play in the league, underage players are allowed with a waiver. Most league players are between 25 and 70 years old. Teams generally have players of varied age and skill and are placed in divisions of 6 to 8 teams of similar skill level.
Games are played at ISN - Ice Sports North Shore - 2411 Mt Seymour Parkway, North Vancouver
The winter season starts early September and runs tolate April. Games are played mostly on Saturdays and Sundays with the occasional weekday evening. (Labour Day and Easter are excluded).
The spring season starts the end of April and runs to the middle of August. Games are played on weekday evenings and weekends during April, May and June but only weekdays in July and August.
Teams rotate through the available ice and playoffs are a double knockout format in all seasons.
Winter and spring league games have a 5 minute warmup and 3 stop-time periods: a 10 minute 1st (DWHL 15 minute 1st), a 15 minute 2nd and 3rd. Two referees and a timekeeper are at each game.
Canadian Hockey Association rules with Duffers league amendments apply (see Main Page of our website). Multiple penalties per game result in game ejection for offending players. Full hockey equipment is required including a helmet with a half or full visor and shoulder pads. All players must wear uniforms of matching colour with permanent number identification.