Overtime (ice hockey)

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Overtime is a method of determining a winner in an ice hockey game when the score is tied after regulation. The main methods of determining a winner in a tied game are the overtime period (commonly referred to as overtime), the shootout, or a combination of both. If league rules dictate a finite time in which overtime may be played, with no penalty shoot-out to follow, the game's winning team may or may not be necessarily determined.

Overtime periods

A scoreboard showing an overtime period. Since there are typically three periods in hockey, the fourth period is the overtime period.

Overtime periods are extra periods beyond the third regulation period during a game, where normal hockey rules apply. Although in the past, full-length overtime periods were played, overtimes today are golden goal (a form of sudden death), meaning that the game ends immediately when a player scores a goal.

North American overtime

From November 21, 1942,[1] when overtime (an extra period of 10 minutes duration) was eliminated due to war time restrictions and continuing until the 1983–84 season, all NHL regular-season games tied after 60 minutes of play ended as ties. On June 23, 1983, the NHL introduced a regular-season overtime period of five minutes. If the five-minute overtime period ended with no scoring, the game ended as a tie. (The World Hockey Association had used a 10-minute, sudden death regular season overtime period during its seven-year existence.) In the first games to go to overtime, on October 5, 1983, the Minnesota North Stars and Los Angeles Kings skated to a 3–3 tie, and the Detroit Red Wings and Winnipeg Jets tied 6–6. The first regular-season game decided by overtime was on October 8, 1983, as the New York Islanders beat the Washington Capitals 8–7.[2]

In 1987–88 and since 1995, the American Hockey League has awarded teams one point in the standings for an overtime loss (OTL). In 1998, the AHL introduced a rule where teams will play the five-minute overtime period with four skaters and a goaltender, rather than at full strength (five skaters), except in two-man advantage situations. In a two-man advantage situation, the team with the advantage will play with five skaters against three skaters. The rule was popular and adopted by the NHL and ECHL the next season.

Alex Ovechkin has the record for most NHL overtime goals with 20.

In the Stanley Cup playoffs and in all tiebreaker games, overtime periods are played like regulation periods except for the golden goal rule – in an overtime period, the game ends when one team scores a goal; the teams are at full strength (five skaters, barring penalties), there is no shootout, and each overtime period is 20 minutes with full intermissions between overtime periods.

In many leagues (including the NHL for regular-season games since the 2005–06 season) and in international competitions, a failure to reach a decision in a single overtime may lead to a shootout. Some leagues may eschew overtime periods altogether and end games in shootout should teams be tied at the end of regulation. In the ECHL, the AHL, and the Southern Professional Hockey League, regular season overtime periods are played three on three for one five-minute period, with penalties resulting in the opponents skating one additional player on ice (up to two additional players) for each penalty. If the penalised player returns to the ice, the game becomes 4-on-4 or 5-on-5 until the next stoppage of play, when it becomes 3-on-3. Prior to the 2014–15 season, the AHL set the overtime period at seven minutes,[3] but reverted to the now-standard five-minute period the following year.[4] The idea of using 3-on-3 skaters for the entirety of a five-minute overtime period for a regular season game was adopted by the NHL on June 24, 2015, for use in the 2015–16 NHL season.[5] The ECHL has changed the overtime to seven minutes for the 2019–20 season.

International overtime

In IIHF play, rules for overtime depend on the stage of the competition.[6]

New overtime procedures debuted at the 2019 IIHF World Championship that will be in effect for all IIHF championships, including starting at the 2022 Winter Olympics. All overtime periods will be 3-on-3 regardless of round robin or preliminary (five minutes with a three-round shootout), knockout rounds including third place games (ten minutes with a five-round shootout), or the championship (twenty minutes, no shootout). In the championship game only, if that overtime is scoreless, a full intermission will be conducted before the procedure repeats. The overtime ends on whoever scores next. In all cases, teams will change ends.[7]


Peter Mueller of the Arizona Coyotes (white jersey) scoring a shootout goal on Evgeni Nabokov of the San Jose Sharks (teal jersey).
Jason Williams of the Detroit Red Wings attempting a shootout shot on Marc-André Fleury.

International shootouts

In international competition, shootouts (or more formally, game-winning shots (GWS), and, in some European countries, bullets, or bullits[8][9]), are often used. Each coach selects three skaters from their team to take penalty shots one at a time against the opposing goaltender, with teams alternating shots. Each team gets one shot per round. The winner is the team with more goals after three rounds or the team that amasses an unreachable advantage before then (ex. a team gains a two-goal lead with only one round left). If the shootout is tied after three rounds, tie-breaker rounds are played one at a time (with each team taking one additional shot) until there is a winner.

The IIHF first adopted the game-winning-shot procedure in 1992 when a new playoff procedure in the Winter Olympics and World Championships required a winner for each game. At that time, the shootout was five rounds and only used for knock-out games. In 2006, it was reduced to three rounds and used for all games, eliminating the possibility of tied games at IIHF events. Tie-breaker rounds are still used as needed, and the same or new players can take the tie-break shots, which is also done in reverse order.[10] As of May 2016, all IIHF preliminary round games that are not decided by overtime, are decided by a three-round shootout. However, all playoff & bronze medal games of IIHF top level championships (especially the Olympics) are decided by five round shootouts.[6]

Since 2019, the gold medal game uses multiple 20-minute overtime periods of 3-on-3, and applies to both genders.

North American shootouts

Most lower minor leagues (ECHL, Central, UHL) have featured a shootout where, at the end of regulation, a shootout similar to the international tournament format is used.

However, in 2000, the ECHL adopted the AHL's four-on-four overtime before the shootout.

For the 2004–05 AHL season, the AHL adopted a five-man shootout, which was first used in that league in 1986–87. The standard five-man shootout is used after four-on-four overtime for all minor leagues in North America. The AHL switched to the NHL formatted three-man shootout for the 2014–15 season.[3]

The Central Collegiate Hockey Association added the shootout as of the 2008–09 season.

Following the lead of minor leagues, in the NHL's first post-lockout season of 2005–06, the league ends exhibition and regular season games still tied after a five-minute-length, three-skaters-per-side overtime period (as of the 2015–16 NHL season onwards) with a shootout. The NHL format is a three-round shootout with tiebreaker rounds as needed. All skaters (except goalies) on a team's roster must shoot before any player can shoot a second time. On December 16, 2014 the longest shootout in NHL history went to 20 rounds before Nick Bjugstad of the Florida Panthers scored to defeat the Washington Capitals; the previous record was 15 rounds.[11]

The shootout is not used in the playoffs for any North American league. Instead, full 20-minute overtime periods are played until one team scores a goal.

In the National Hockey League and American Hockey League All-Star Skills Competitions, the competition ends in a penalty shootout known as the Breakaway Relay.


A shootout between the Providence Bruins (Boston Bruins AHL affiliate) and Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders AHL affiliate)

Tactics are very important during penalty shots and overtime shootouts for both the shooter and the goalie. Both shooters and goalies commonly consult their teammates and coaches for advice on the opposing player's style of play. Shooters often consider the goalie's strengths and weaknesses (such as a fast glove or stick save), preferred goaltending style (such as butterfly or stand-up) and method of challenging the shooter. Goaltenders often consider the shooter's shot preference, expected angle of attack, a patented move a shooter commonly uses and even handedness of the shooter.

Most shooters attempt to out-deke the goalie in order to create a better scoring chance. Former Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk and New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis are examples of players who commonly use this tactic. However, it is not uncommon for a shooter to simply shoot for an opening without deking. This is commonly referred to as sniping. This is most commonly performed when a goalie challenges a shooter by giving them an open hole (by keeping a glove, pad or stick out of position or being out of sound goaltending position altogether to tempt the shooter to aim for the given opening). Former NHL forwards Markus Näslund and Brett Hull are two players commonly referred to as snipers. Very rarely a shooter may take a slapshot or wrist shot from the point or top of the slot. This is almost exclusively performed when a shooter either has a high level of confidence in their shot or they attempt to catch the goalie by surprise. Retired player Brian Rolston, Detroit Red Wings winger Todd Bertuzzi, Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger, and Vancouver Canucks winger Daniel Sedin have all used this tactic with success.

List of notable overtime games

The longest overtime game in history was an in Norwegian GET-ligaen. The game ended after 157:14 of overtime, in the 8th overtime period.


This is a list of all National Hockey League (NHL) overtime games that went into at least three overtimes (winning team is bold).

Overtime Overtime length
Away Team Score Home Team Date Scorer Arena Winning Goaltender Losing Goaltender
1. 6th 116:30 Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Maroons March 24, 1936 Mud Bruneteau Montreal Forum Normie Smith Lorne Chabot
2. 6th 104:46 Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs April 3, 1933 † Ken Doraty Maple Leaf Gardens Lorne Chabot Tiny Thompson
3. 5th 92:01 Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins May 4, 2000 Keith Primeau Mellon Arena Brian Boucher Ron Tugnutt
4. 5th 90:27 Columbus Blue Jackets
Tampa Bay Lightning August 11, 2020 Brayden Point Scotiabank Arena §[12] Andrei Vasilevskiy Joonas Korpisalo
5. 5th 80:48 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Dallas Stars April 24, 2003 Petr Sykora American Airlines Center Jean-Sebastien Giguere Marty Turco
6. 4th 79:15 Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals April 24, 1996 Petr Nedved USAir Arena Ken Wregget Olaf Kolzig
7. 4th 78:06 Dallas Stars
Vancouver Canucks April 11, 2007 Henrik Sedin General Motors Place Roberto Luongo Marty Turco
8. 4th 70:18 Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings March 23, 1943 Jack McLean Detroit Olympia Turk Broda Johnny Mowers
9. 4th 69:03 San Jose Sharks
Dallas Stars May 4, 2008 † Brenden Morrow American Airlines Center Marty Turco Evgeni Nabokov
10. 5th[13] 68:52 New York Rangers
Montreal Canadiens March 28, 1930 Gus Rivers Montreal Forum George Hainsworth John Ross Roach
11. 4th 68:47 New York Islanders
Washington Capitals April 18, 1987 †† Pat LaFontaine Capital Centre Kelly Hrudey Bob Mason
12. 4th 65:43 New Jersey Devils
Buffalo Sabres April 27, 1994 Dave Hannan Buffalo Memorial Auditorium Dominik Hasek Martin Brodeur
13. 4th 61:09 Montreal Canadiens
Detroit Red Wings March 27, 1951 Maurice Richard Detroit Olympia Gerry McNeil Terry Sawchuk
14. 4th 60:40 New York Americans
New York Rangers March 27, 1938 Lorne Carr Madison Square Garden Earl Robertson Dave Kerr
15. 3rd 59:32 New York Rangers
Montreal Canadiens March 26, 1932 Fred Cook Montreal Forum John Ross Roach George Hainsworth
16. 3rd 59:25 Boston Bruins
New York Rangers March 21, 1939 Mel Hill Madison Square Garden Frank Brimsek Dave Kerr
17. 3rd 57:34 Dallas Stars
Edmonton Oilers April 27, 1999 † Joe Nieuwendyk Skyreach Centre Ed Belfour Tommy Salo
18. 3rd 56:12 Chicago Blackhawks
Anaheim Ducks May 19, 2015 Marcus Krüger Honda Center Corey Crawford Frederik Andersen
19. 3rd 55:13 Edmonton Oilers
Boston Bruins May 15, 1990* Petr Klima Boston Garden Bill Ranford Andy Moog
20. 3rd 54:51 Dallas Stars
Buffalo Sabres June 19, 1999** † Brett Hull Marine Midland Arena Ed Belfour Dominik Hasek
21. 3rd 54:47 Detroit Red Wings
Carolina Hurricanes June 8, 2002* Igor Larionov Raleigh Entertainment & Sports Arena Dominik Hasek Arturs Irbe
22. 3rd 54:41 New York Rangers
Washington Capitals May 2, 2012 Marian Gaborik Verizon Center Henrik Lundqvist Braden Holtby
23. 3rd 53:54 Philadelphia Flyers
Toronto Maple Leafs April 16, 2003 Mark Recchi Air Canada Centre Roman Cechmanek Ed Belfour
24. 3rd 53:50 Chicago Blackhawks
Montreal Canadiens April 9, 1931* Cy Wentworth Montreal Forum Charlie Gardiner George Hainsworth
25. 3rd 52:12 Montreal Canadiens
Chicago Blackhawks March 26, 1961 Murray Balfour Chicago Stadium Glenn Hall Jacques Plante
26. 3rd 52:08 Boston Bruins
Chicago Blackhawks June 12, 2013* Andrew Shaw United Center Corey Crawford Tuukka Rask
27. 3rd 51:49 Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Canadiens April 1, 1937 Hec Kilrea Montreal Forum Normie Smith Wilf Cude
28. 3rd 51:43 Chicago Blackhawks
Montreal Canadiens March 26, 1930 Howie Morenz Montreal Forum George Hainsworth Charlie Gardiner
T29. 3rd 51:12 Tampa Bay Lightning
New Jersey Devils May 2, 2003 † Grant Marshall Continental Airlines Arena Martin Brodeur John Grahame
T29. 3rd 51:12 San Jose Sharks
Nashville Predators May 5, 2016 Mike Fisher Bridgestone Arena Pekka Rinne Martin Jones
31. 3rd 50:02 Chicago Blackhawks
Calgary Flames April 23, 1996 † Joe Murphy Canadian Airlines Saddledome Ed Belfour Rick Tabaracci
32. 3rd 49:57 Pittsburgh Penguins
Detroit Red Wings June 2, 2008* Petr Sykora Joe Louis Arena Marc-Andre Fleury Chris Osgood
33. 3rd 48:00 New York Rangers
Boston Bruins April 2, 1939 †† Mel Hill Boston Garden Frank Brimsek Bert Gardiner
34. 3rd 47:37 New Jersey Devils
Montreal Canadiens April 24, 1997 Patrice Brisebois Molson Centre Jose Theodore Martin Brodeur
35. 3rd 47:06 Ottawa Senators
Pittsburgh Penguins April 22, 2010 Matt Carkner Mellon Arena Pascal Leclaire Marc-Andre Fleury
36. 3rd 46:21 Dallas Stars
New Jersey Devils June 8, 2000* Mike Modano Continental Airlines Arena Ed Belfour Martin Brodeur
37. 2nd[15] 45:35 Boston Bruins
Montreal Maroons March 20, 1930 Harry Oliver Montreal Forum Tiny Thompson Flat Walsh
38. 3rd 44:52 Montreal Canadiens
Detroit Red Wings March 22, 1949 Max McNab Detroit Olympia Harry Lumley Bill Durnan
39. 3rd 44:33 Colorado Avalanche
Chicago Blackhawks May 8, 1996 Joe Sakic United Center Patrick Roy Ed Belfour
40. 3rd 44:31 Colorado Avalanche
Florida Panthers June 10, 1996** † Uwe Krupp Miami Arena Patrick Roy John Vanbiesbrouck
41. 3rd 44:30 Ottawa Senators
Toronto Maple Leafs May 4, 2002 Gary Roberts Air Canada Centre Curtis Joseph Patrick Lalime
42. 3rd 44:03 Tampa Bay Lightning
Washington Capitals April 20, 2003 † Martin St. Louis MCI Center Nikolai Khabibulin Olaf Kolzig
43. 3rd 43:18 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Detroit Red Wings April 10, 2003 Paul Kariya Joe Louis Arena Jean-Sebastien Giguere Curtis Joseph
44. 3rd 43:00 Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings March 27, 1960 Frank Mahovlich Detroit Olympia Johnny Bower Terry Sawchuk
45. 3rd 42:28 Vancouver Canucks
Calgary Flames April 17, 2004 Brendan Morrison Pengrowth Saddledome Alex Auld Miikka Kiprusoff
46. 3rd 42:24 San Jose Sharks
Edmonton Oilers May 10, 2006 Shawn Horcoff Rexall Place Dwayne Roloson Vesa Toskala
47. 3rd 42:20 Montreal Canadiens
Detroit Red Wings March 29, 1951 Maurice Richard Detroit Olympia Gerry McNeil Terry Sawchuk
48. 3rd 41:31 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Detroit Red Wings May 4, 1997 Vyacheslav Kozlov Joe Louis Arena Mike Vernon Mikhail Shtalenkov
49. 3rd 41:19 Chicago Blackhawks
New York Rangers April 29, 1971 Pete Stemkowski Madison Square Garden Ed Giacomin Tony Esposito
50. 3rd 41:15 Anaheim Ducks
Detroit Red Wings May 3, 2009 Todd Marchant Joe Louis Arena Jonas Hiller Chris Osgood
51. 3rd 41:00 Nashville Predators
Chicago Blackhawks April 21, 2015 Brent Seabrook United Center Corey Crawford Pekka Rinne
52. 3rd 40:26 Chicago Blackhawks
St. Louis Blues April 17, 2014 Alexander Steen Scottrade Center Ryan Miller Corey Crawford
*Stanley Cup Finals game
**Stanley Cup winning goal
Series-Clinching Goal
†† Game 7
§ Game played at a neutral site

Notable NHL playoff overtime games

Swedish ice hockey

This is a list of the longest games in the highest Swedish leagues.[19]

Overtime Overtime length
League Home Team Score Away Team Date Scorer
1. 5th 80:41 Play-off to Kvalserien IF Troja/Ljungby 2–1 Bofors IK March 20, 2002 Mika Välilä
2. 4th 73:38 Play-off to Division 1 Olofströms IK 3–4 Kristianstads IK March 7, 1995 Roman Steblecki
3. 4th 68:42 Play-off to Division 1 Osby IK 5–4 Mariestad BoIS HC February 28, 1993 Jonas Evaldsson
4. 3rd 59:16 Elitserien Semi-finals Leksands IF 3–2 Färjestad BK March 23, 1997 Andreas Karlsson
5. 3rd 57:37 Play-off to Kvalserien IFK Arboga IK 3–2 Bofors IK March 13, 2002 Fredrik Gustavsson
6. 3rd 57:01 SHL Quarterfinals Färjestad BK 3–2 HV71 March 30, 2019 Oskar Steen
7. 3rd 52:17 Elitserien Quarterfinals Timrå IK 2–1 Luleå HF March 3, 2003 Marcus Åkerblom
8. 3rd 50:55 Play-off to SHL Karlskrona HK 3–2 AIK March 19, 2016 Vyacheslav Trukhno
9. 3rd 50:49 Elitserien Semifinals AIK 4–5 Skellefteå AIK March 28, 2012 Jimmie Ericsson
10. 3rd 48:38 SHL Quarterfinals Linköpings HC 3–2 Djurgårdens IF March 20, 2018 Chad Billins


This is a list of Kontinental Hockey League games that went to at least triple overtime.

Overtime Overtime length
Home Team Score Away Team Date Scorer Ref
1. 5th 82:09 HC CSKA Moscow 1–2 Jokerit March 22, 2018 Mika Niemi
2. 4th 66:14 Lev Praha 3–4 HC Donbass March 21, 2014 Andrei Konev [20]
3. 3rd 58:48 Severstal Cherepovets 3–2 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl February 25, 2013 Denis Kazionov [21]
4. 3rd 56:35 Admiral Vladivostok 2–3 Metallurg Magnitogorsk March 12, 2014 Danis Zaripov [22]
5. 3rd 53:27 Vityaz Podolsk 2–3 SKA Saint Petersburg March 7, 2020 Lukas Bengtsson [23]
6. 3rd 49:18 Salavat Yulaev Ufa 0–1 Avangard Omsk April 8, 2019 Alexei Bondarev [24]
7. 3rd 49:11 Metallurg Magnitogorsk 2–3 Avangard Omsk March 15, 2011 Andrei Pervyshin [25]
8. 3rd 48:54 Traktor Chelyabinsk 1–2 Ak Bars Kazan March 22, 2012 Danis Zaripov [26]
9. 3rd 41:39 HC CSKA Moscow 3–2 SKA Saint Petersburg March 28, 2015 Roman Lyubimov [27]

The longest game in Belarusian extraleague is game first of the 2015 Semi-finals on March 7, 2015. Yunost Minsk beat the HK Gomel, 2–1, at Gomel Ice Palace of Sports on a goal by Vitaly Kiryuschenkov at 5:11 of the sixth 20-minute overtime period. Alexander Tsetkovsky was the winning goaltender for the Yunost, making 107 saves.[28][29]

Olympics – Men's Gold Medal Game

This is a list of Gold Medal men's games from the Olympics that needed overtime.

Overtime Overtime length
Winning country Score Losing country Year Scorer
1 1st 9:40  Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR) 4–3  Germany (GER) 2018 Kirill Kaprizov
2 7:40  Canada (CAN) 3–2  United States (USA) 2010 Sidney Crosby

Olympics – Women's Gold Medal Game

This is a list of Gold Medal women's games from the Olympics that needed overtime.

Overtime Overtime length
Winning country Score Losing country Year Scorer
1 2nd 20:00 (6th round)*  United States (USA) 3–2  Canada (CAN) 2018 Jocelyne Lamoureux
2 1st 8:10  Canada (CAN)  United States (USA) 2014 Marie-Philip Poulin
*Game went to shootout.

Czech ice hockey

Overtime Overtime length
League Home Team Score Away Team Date Scorer
1. 3rd 53:51 Extraliga ledního hokeje HC Mountfield
HC Vítkovice Steel March 7, 2013 †† Peter Húževka
2. 2nd 36:15 Extraliga ledního hokeje PSG Zlín
HC Škoda Plzeň April 21, 2013 ** Martin Straka
3. 2nd 25:09 Extraliga ledního hokeje HC Sparta Praha
Bílí Tygři Liberec April 24, 2016 ** Martin Bakoš
*Play-off finals game
**Play-off winning goal
Series-clinching goal
†† Final game of series when series is tied (Game 5 in a best-of-5 series or Game 7 in best-of-7 series)


March 22, 2008: Philip Gogulla of the Cologne Sharks ends the longest German hockey game and the third longest worldwide, scoring the ninth-overall goal in a 5:4 victory over the Mannheim Eagles. The goal comes 8:16 into the sixth overtime period for a total of 108:16 of overtime. It is the third quarter-final game (best of seven) in the Kölnarena in Cologne in front of an audience of 17,000. The game had begun at 5:30 pm and ends at 12:15 am.

Norwegian ice hockey

March 12, 2017: Joakim Jensen of the Storhamar Ishockey ends the longest hockey game in history, scoring with 2:46 left in octuple overtime for a total of 157:14 of overtime, and 217:14 of hockey played. It was Game 5 of the quarter-finals of the 2016–17 GET-ligaen playoffs against the Sparta Warriors in the CC Amfi. About 1,000 out of the 5,500 people that attended the game watched the entire game. The game started at 18:00 and ended at 2:32 the next morning.[30]

Overtime Overtime length
Away Team Score Home Team Date Scorer Arena
1. 8th 157:14 Sparta Sarpsborg
Storhamar Ishockey March 12, 2017 Joakim Jensen CC Amfi
2. 4th 67:02 Vålerenga
Trondheim Black Panthers March 8, 2003 Joakim Backlund Leangen Ishall
3. 2nd 45:58 Storhamar Dragons
Vålerenga March 28, 2000 Johan Brummer Jordal Amfi

Notable minor league, college and junior overtimes


The longest game in AHL history is game four of the 2018 Atlantic Division Final on May 9, 2018. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms beat the Charlotte Checkers, 2–1, at Bojangles Coliseum on a goal by Alex Krushelnyski at 6:48 of quintuple overtime. Alex Lyon was the winning goaltender for the Phantoms, making 94 saves.

Longest American Hockey League (AHL) overtime games
Overtime Length
Away Team Score Home Team Date
1. 86:48 Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2–1 Charlotte Checkers May 9, 2018
2. 82:58 Philadelphia Phantoms 3–2 Albany River Rats April 24, 2008
3. 74:56** Houston Aeros 1–2 Hamilton Bulldogs May 30, 2003
4. 74:08 Rochester Americans 2–3 New Haven Nighthawks April 10, 1982
5. 64:20 San Diego Gulls 3–2 Bakersfield Condors May 3, 2019
6. 62:42 Syracuse Stars 3–2 Cleveland Barons April 4, 1938
7. 61:46 Cleveland Barons 2–3 Pittsburgh Hornets April 14, 1953
8. 60:16 Oklahoma City Barons 2–1 Utica Comets May 7, 2015
9. 59:47 Providence Reds 2–3 Cleveland Barons March 28, 1939
10. 57:22 Rockford IceHogs 4–3 Chicago Wolves April 26, 2018
11. 53:02 Philadelphia Phantoms 2–1 Norfolk Admirals April 28, 2004
12. 52:26 Binghamton Senators 2–3 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins April 25, 2005
13. 50:16 Cleveland Barons 4–3 Springfield Indians April 4, 1962
14. 47:49 Worcester IceCats 3–4 Hartford Wolf Pack May 5, 2004
15. 46:15 Pittsburgh Hornets 2–1 Springfield Indians March 22, 1941
16. 46:00 Worcester IceCats 3–2 Manchester Monarchs April 22, 2004
17. 45:17* Nova Scotia Voyageurs 4–3 Maine Mariners April 11, 1985
18. 44:48** Cleveland Barons 4–5 Philadelphia Ramblers April 4, 1939
19. 44:30 Pittsburgh Hornets 3–2 Hershey Bears March 31, 1951
20. 44:18 Baltimore Clippers 3–4 Rochester Americans April 16, 1967
21. 44:13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3–4 Manchester Monarchs May 6, 2015
22. 44:02 Pittsburgh Hornets 2–3 Cleveland Barons April 3, 1956
*Overtime format was one five-minute period followed by 20-minute periods
**Calder Cup Finals game

Canadian Interuniversity Sport – men

The University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds needed 61:53 of overtime (four extra periods) to defeat the Acadia University Axemen 3–2 on February 27, 2011 in game two of a best-of-five AUS semi-final series at Fredericton, New Brunswick. Nick MacNeil scored the game-winner at 11:53 of the seventh period overall.

York University Lions and Lakehead University Thunderwolves went to a fourth overtime period (50:13 minutes of overtime) on February 14, 2007 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to decide a winner in OUA men's playoff hockey action. Lakehead won the game at the 13-second mark of the fourth overtime period.

Canadian Interuniversity Sport – women

Morgan McHaffie scored with 2:46 left in sextuple overtime as the Queen's Golden Gaels beat the Guelph Gryphons 2–1 in the first game of the best-of-three OUA women's hockey final, March 2, 2011. The game, which lasted 167 minutes and 14 seconds, including 107:14 of extra time, is the longest on record in CIS or NCAA hockey – women's or men's. Winning goaltender Mel Dodd-Moher made 66 saves, while Danielle Skoufranis made 44 saves in a losing cause. It is the longest game played sanctioned by Hockey Canada.


Overtime Length
Away Team Score Home Team Date
1. 77:18 Colorado Eagles 2–3 Idaho Steelheads April 28–29, 2014
2. 66:10 Elmira Jackals 5–4 Trenton Devils April 10, 2009
3. 64:19 South Carolina Stingrays 4–3 Gwinnett Gladiators April 6–7, 2012
4. 61:24 Louisiana IceGators 2–3 Greenville Grrrowl May 5, 2000
5. 55:19 Jackson Bandits 5–4 Louisiana IceGators April 5, 2002
6. 53:30 Las Vegas Wranglers 3–4 Alaska Aces May 2, 2006
7. 50:37 South Carolina Stingrays 3–4 Mississippi Sea Wolves April 13, 1999
8. 48:13 Idaho Steelheads 3–2 Las Vegas Wranglers April 6, 2011
9. 46:30 Mississippi Sea Wolves 3–4 Pee Dee Pride May 2, 1999
10. 46:23 Utah Grizzlies 4–3 Fresno Falcons April 14, 2008
11. 45:47 Hampton Roads Admirals 2–1 Greensboro Monarchs April 9, 1991*
12. 45:38 Florida Everblades 2–1 South Carolina Stingrays May 6, 2015
13. 45:30 South Carolina Stingrays 1–0 Toledo Walleye May 27, 2015**
14. 44:03 Wheeling Nailers 2–1 Reading Royals May 5, 2016
15. 44:02 Kalamazoo Wings 3–4 Greenville Road Warriors April 26, 2014
16. 43:07 Toledo Walleye 4–5 Colorado Eagles May 19, 2017
17. 42:31 Colorado Eagles 5–4 Utah Grizzlies April 17, 2016
18. 40:36 Idaho Steelheads 0–1 Stockton Thunder May 5, 2010

* Championship Series game.

** Game 7

International Hockey League

On May 12, 2008, one of the longest games in IHL history, if not the longest, took place in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It was the seventh game of the Turner Cup Final between the hometown Fort Wayne Komets and Port Huron Icehawks. The game was tied 2–2 through regulation. The first two extra periods solved nothing, but 23 seconds into the third overtime period, at some point after midnight ET, Justin Hodgman scored the winning goal to give the Komets their fifth Turner Cup title. It was the club's first since 1993, and their sixth overall, with their last championship being the Colonial Cup in 2003. The Komets would win again the following year with an easy game five victory at home, which was the first time in franchise history they won back-to-back championships. They would follow up with a third consecutive Turner Cup in 2010, again clinching on home ice, securing a dynasty.


On April 25, 2018, in game 5 of the 2018 VHL finals, SKA-Neva defeated HC Dinamo Saint Petersburg 4–3 in a game that needed 103:36 of overtime to be settled. Svyatoslav Grebinshchikov scored the game-winning goal 3:36 of sextuple overtime.[31]


The longest game in NCAA hockey history was played on March 6–7, 2015. UMass beat Notre Dame, 4–3, in the Hockey East first-round playoff game after 91:42 of overtime. Shane Walsh scored the winning goal for UMass.[32][33]

Overall game length
Overtime length Number of overtimes Winning team Score Losing team Where it occurred Date
151:42 91:42 5 UMass 4–3 Notre Dame Hockey East First Round (Game 1, Best of 3) March 7, 2015
150:22 90:22 Quinnipiac University 3–2 Union College ECACH Quarter-Finals (Game 1, Best of 3) March 12, 2010
141:35 81:35 Yale University 3–2 Union College ECACHL First Round (Game 2, Best of 3) March 4, 2006
129:30 69:30 4 Colorado College 1–0 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA First Round (Game 2, Best of 3) March 3, 1997
123:53 63:53 St. Lawrence 3–2 Boston University NCAA East Regional (Second round) March 26, 2000
121:05 61:05 Colgate University 4–3 Dartmouth College ECAC Quarterfinal (Game 1, Best of 3) March 14, 2003

The longest game in NCAA hockey history was played at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana on March 6, 2015. UMass beat Notre Dame, 4–3, in the Hockey East first round with 8:18 left in quintuple overtime. Shane Walsh scored the winning goal just after 1:00 am local time. The previous longest was played on March 12, 2010. Quinnipiac University beat Union College, 3–2, in the ECAC Quarterfinals, as Greg Holt scored with 9:38 left in quintuple overtime. The 3rd longest game in NCAA hockey history was played on March 5, 2006. Yale University beat Union College, 3–2, in the ECAC Hockey League first-round playoff game after 81:35 of overtime. David Meckler scored the winning goal with Yale shorthanded.[34]

The longest game in NCAA Division III hockey history, and the fourth longest in NCAA history overall, began at 7:05 pm on February 27, 2010 and ended at 12:35 am of the following day. Gustavus Adolphus College beat Augsburg College, 6–5, to advance to the MIAC championship game after 78:38 of overtime. Eric Bigham scored the winning goal.[35]

A 2000 NCAA regional final in men's ice hockey between St. Lawrence University and Boston University ended with 63:53 of overtime. Manitoba native and minor hockey buddy of Craig McAulay, Robin Carruthers scored the gwg after four periods of overtime play

A March 30, 1991 game between Northern Michigan University and Boston University ended with Northern Michigan earning an 8–7 victory over Boston University. Unlikely hero Darryl Plandowski scores in the third overtime period and fifth hour of play to give the Wildcats the title.

A March 8, 1997 game between Colorado College and the University of Wisconsin–Madison ended with Colorado College winning, 1–0, after 69:30.

A March 14, 2003 ECAC Quarterfinal game between Colgate University and Dartmouth ended, 4–3 for Colgate, after 61:05 in overtime.

On March 26, 2006, the Wisconsin Badgers beat the Cornell Big Red 1–0 at 11:13 into the third overtime at the Midwest Regional Final in the NCAA Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay. It was the second-longest NCAA Tournament game in its history and the longest 1–0 game in tournament history. It is currently the ninth-longest game all-time in NCAA Division I history.

An March 11, 2007 game between St. Cloud State University and University of Minnesota Duluth during the first round of the WCHA playoffs ended with SCSU winning, 3–2, after 51:33 of overtime. It is the eighth-longest NCAA Division I game in history.

In the first round of the 2008 WCHA hockey tournament featuring the fourth-seeded Minnesota State University, Mankato Mavericks hosting the seventh-seeded University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, the Friday and Sunday games both went into double overtime, and the Saturday night game went into one overtime. The Gophers prevailed two games to one in the series, winning Saturday and Sunday.

On March 3, 2012, in the first round of the 2012 ECAC Hockey hockey tournament featuring the seventh-seeded Clarkson Golden Knights men's ice hockey team hosting the tenth-seeded RPI Engineers men's ice hockey team, Clarkson beat RPI 4–3 at 13:48 in the third overtime period, after 113:48 of play. It is currently the seventh-longest game all-time in NCAA Division I history.

NCAA Women

On March 10, 1996, New Hampshire defeated Providence, 3–2, in an ECAC Women's Championship game after 85:35 of overtime. (This is not an NCAA record, as the NCAA did not officially recognize women's hockey until the 2001 season; however, it stands as the longest women's college hockey game)[36]

On March 10, 2007, Wisconsin defeated Harvard, 1–0, in an NCAA Women's Quarterfinal game after 67:09 of overtime at the Kohl Center in Madison WI. Wisconsin went on to win the national championship.

On March 10, 2012, Cornell University defeated Boston University, 8–7, in an NCAA Women's Quarterfinal game after 59:50 of overtime at Lynah Rink in Ithaca, New York, surpassing the men's game from the previous night as the longest hockey game to be played at the rink.[37]

On March 21, 2010, Minnesota-Duluth defeated Cornell 3–2 in the NCAA championship game, after 59:26 of overtime (119:26 total game time), the longest men's or women's hockey championship game in NCAA history.[38]

Canadian Hockey League

Overtime Overtime length
Away Team Score Home Team Date
1. 5th 86:31 Victoriaville Tigres
Hull Olympiques March 19, 1999
2. 4th 72:57 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Québec Remparts April 3, 2009
3. 4th 69:15 Chicoutimi Saguenéens
Rimouski Océanic March 23, 2019
4. 3rd 54:26 Cape Breton Screaming Eagles
Drummondville Voltigeurs March 24, 2018
5. 3rd 52:26 Val-d'Or Foreurs
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada April 3, 2016†
6. 3rd 46:37 Acadie–Bathurst Titan
Baie-Comeau Drakkar April 21, 2001
7. 3rd 43:50 Hull Olympiques
Longueuil Collège Français March 26, 1990
8. 3rd 43:02 Halifax Mooseheads
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles April 8, 2008
9. 3rd 43:00 Victoriaville Tigres
Drummondville Voltigeurs March 20, 1988
10. 3rd 41:01 Val-d'Or Foreurs
P.E.I. Rocket April 1, 2013†
11. 3rd 40:45 Hull Olympiques
Val-d'Or Foreurs April 11, 1996
12. 3rd 40:26 Rouyn-Noranda Huskies
Halifax Mooseheads March 31, 2017
Series-Clinching Goal

2007 RBC Cup – Canadian Jr A Championship

The semi-final game for the 2007 RBC Cup, saw the host Prince George Spruce Kings taking on the Camrose Kodiaks. The game ended up being the longest game in Royal Bank Cup history at 146 minutes and 1 second. The Spruce Kings broke a 2–2 tie just over six minutes into the fifth overtime period to win 3–2 and clinch a berth in the RBC Cup Final against the Aurora Tigers. Jason Yuel of the Spruce Kings scored the winner while goaltender Jordan White stopped 91 of 93 shots for the victory.


On February 10, 2007, the Toronto Jr. Canadiens defeated the Pickering Panthers, 4–3, to take a 2–0 series lead in the first round of the OPJHL playoffs, after 104:32 of overtime. It is the second longest game played sanctioned by Hockey Canada.


February 1999, the St. Catharines Falcons defeated the Port Colborne Sailors 7–6 to take a 2–1 series lead in the semi-finals of the Golden Horseshoe Jr. B Hockey League playoffs. Peter Lacey scored 11 minutes into the fifth overtime period, ending the game at 2:18 am. The game started at 7:30 pm. It is the longest junior hockey game sanctioned by Hockey Canada

High school

Marquette vs Orchard Lake St Marys went eight overtimes during the Michigan State Ice Hockey Division 1 Championship game before Tournament officials stopped the game in consideration of the health and welfare of the players on March 8, 2008. The 1–1 tie resulted in the two teams being declared co-champions. The game lasted 109 minutes.[39] Ryan Morley Stockton of St. Mary's had a MHSAA-record 58 saves.[40]

The longest game in high school history was in a 1996 FCIAC quarterfinal matchup in Darien, Connecticut between archrivals Wilton and Ridgefield that went to a tenth eight-minute overtime period after 45 minutes of regulation (125:00 of hockey). Chris Ludwig of Wilton scored the game-winner while being hauled down in front of the Ridgefield net in the tenth overtime period.

The previous record belonged to the Aurora High SchoolSolon High School game in which Aurora won in the eighth overtime period of the Ohio state playoffs.[41] The winning goal was scored with 3:52 left in the 8th overtime (105th minute), setting an American record.[42]

Since 2015, all state tournaments allow up to 5 overtime periods (4-on-4 after first overtime), after which best-of-3-round shootouts and extra rounds if needed are conducted, to eliminate co-champions.

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