Pathway to Hockey

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What is hockey?

Hockey is a fun team sport that fosters new friendships, healthy physical activity and life skills that go beyond the ice.



When kids of all ages start to play hockey, it's all about having fun. As kids advance in skill, fun remains the foundation, through increased competition.



Through hockey, players will make lifelong friends and learn teamwork, dedication, determination, perseverance and commitment.



Athlete safety is our top priority. Hockey Canada governs minor hockey to best protect all of its participants.



Does your child want to play recreationally or competitively? Once a week in your neighbourhood or more frequently? Minor hockey associations are increasingly offering scheduling options for families.



No matter your skill level or experience, there's a team for you.


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Beyond fun, hockey’s about teamwork, building self confidence and providing lifestyle benefits and skills that give your child an edge in life, away from the rink.
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Learn to Skate

Have fun learning basic skating skills, at any age with fun, low-cost programming.

2,500+local hockey association across Canada
Municipal parks & recreation
Skate Canada & CanSkate programs events in your community

Learn to play hockey

Sign up for short-term or one-day programs.

Hockey Canada programs offered periodically across the country:

The First Shift
6-week learn-to-play program for kids aged 6 to 10 that includes head-to-toe Bauer equipment
First Shifts in your community

Esso Fun Days
An introduction to the female game for girls and women of all ages
Esso Fun Days in your community

Join minor hockey

Join a team and wear your own jersey!

Timbits U7 Hockey | 6 and under
U9 Hockey | 7 and 8 years old

Recreational programs
Competitive programs
Elite level programs

Register your child, through your Hockey Canada member

Hockey in school

Hockey Canada brings hockey into the classroom and the curriculum onto the ice.

Hockey Canada Skills Academy
A joint program with school boards that involves on-ice skill development as well as off-ice lessons on nutrition, goal setting and self-motivation
Academies in your community

A gym-based program that introduces kids to hockey as a safe, fun and inclusive sport
Floorball programs

School Program
Hockey is the basis for lessons in language arts, math, social studies, science, phys. ed, art and music
Learn more


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Email us for more information:

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Need a hand with introducing your child to hockey?
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Register your child, through your local hockey association.

PLEASE NOTE: The information provided on this platform is of a general nature. It is intended to provide a starting point for determining where a player may register to play minor hockey and is not necessarily conclusive of where a player is eligible to play.