Minor hockey at all levels of play in all 13 branches across Canada received a facelift in the 2006-07 season with the implementation of a standard of play and rule emphasis initiative, placing the focus squarely on the building blocks of the game.

While the rules of the game have not changed, the standard of play and rules emphasis initiative will provide players with the opportunity for improved skill development and a more positive and safe hockey environment for all participants. Hockey Canada believes that this will place a greater emphasis on the basic building blocks of the game – skating, puck possession and proper body positioning.