The NAHL's post-season playoffs shall determine the NAHL Robertson Cup National Champion.
Round 1-Division Semifinals-Best of Five Series.
Seeding.Clubs are seeded within their own division based upon their finish in the NAHL regular-season standings. If necessary, the tie-breaking policy will be applied to determine the final order of finish.
Division Matchups.The Club seeded first in each division will compete in a bestof-five series with the fourth seeded Club in the same division. The Club seeded second in each division will compete in a best-of-five-series against the Club seeded third in the same division.
Playoff Dates.Round 1 of the playoffs may begin no earlier than Thursday, April 12th, 2018 and must conclude no later than Monday, April 23, 2018.
Scheduling.Clubs shall cooperate to schedule division semifinal series competition. The Club seeded higher in each division semifinal series has the right to host up to three games in Round 1, and the Club seeded lower in each division semifinal series must be able to host at least two games.
Five Game Series.The first Club to win three games in a divisional semifinal series will be declared the winner of the series and advance to the next round of playoff competition. The first Club to lose three games in a divisional semifinal series shall be eliminated from further playoff competition.
Round 2-Division Final-Best of Five Series.
Matchup.The two Clubs in each division that won a division semifinal series shall compete in a best-of-five series against each other.
Playoff Dates.The division finals may begin no earlier than Thursday, April 26, 2018 and conclude no later than Sunday May 6, 2018.
Scheduling.Clubs shall cooperate to schedule division final series competition. The higher seeded Club will have the right to host up to three games. The lower seeded Club must be able to host a minimum of two games.
Five Game Series.The first Club to win three games in a division final series will be declared the winner of the series and advance to the Robertson Cup Finals. The first Club to lose three games in a division final series will be eliminated from further playoff competition.
Round 3-NAHL Robertson Cup Finals
Tournament Format.The four divisional playoff champions will advance to the Robertson Cup Championship. Clubs will be seeded 1-4 based upon their finish in the NAHL regular-season standings. If necessary, the tie-breaking policy will be applied to determine the final seeding.
Schedule.The game schedule will be as follows: The #1 Seed will face the #4 seed in a best of three series. The #2 seed will face the #3 seed in a best of three series. The two series winners will advance on to a one game playoff to determine the Robertson Cup Champion.
- Friday, May 11: Game 1's
- Saturday, May 12: Game 2's
- Sunday, May 13: Game 3's (*if necessary)
- Monday, May 14: Robertson Cup National Championship Game
During the Robertson Cup playoffs, if the score is tied after three periods of play the following shall take place:
- Teams shall return to their dressing room and the ice shall be resurfaced. A fifteen-minute intermission shall take place.
- A twenty-minute, sudden death, overtime period shall be played with 5 skaters a side.
- The game shall terminate 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.