The goal of Hockey Canada is not to put players in the NHL, but rather to ensure a meaningful, enjoyable experience. This is not to say that we don’t want boys and girls to achieve the highest levels possible, but rather if we go about it the right way they will have a better chance.
The natural progression starting at the base of the triangle emphasizes the development of fundamental skills. Fundamental skills are the foundation of each player’s success.
It is imperative in Canada that we focus on our youth development programs to ensure that every player gains a skill base and enjoys the game.
The following charts outline at what age coaches should introduce their
players to each core skill. As players progress through the various age
groups, coaches should ensure their players continue to develop and
refine these core skills.