Hockey Canada Novice Program | What you need to know about Novice changes

The formula is simple – age-appropriate programs mean more time in the game and more puck touches, which means improved skill development and a more enjoyable experience.
If a new player has fun, develops skills and builds confidence, there is a better chance they will enjoy hockey for life.
Hockey Canada and its members have provided MHAs with the resources to implement Novice hockey across the country.


Developing Skills First

The Hockey Canada Novice Program is an essential component in developing the hockey skills of all young kids playing hockey in Canada. The Hockey Canada Novice skill development resource is the official instructional curriculum of Hockey Canada.


Novice Hockey Program Philosophy

  • Hockey Canada developed the program to ensure that a child’s early experiences with hockey are delivered in a safe and positive experience.
  • The program enables participants to become contributing members of a team effort, develop self-confidence and experience a sense of personal achievement.


Novice Hockey Goals

  • To have fun while playing hockey and engaging in physical activity.
  • To learn the fundamental skills required to play the game of hockey.
  • To develop and refine basic motor patterns.
  • To be introduced to the concepts of cooperation and fair play.




The Hockey Canada mandate for half-ice novice hockey games takes effect for 2019-20 season.

Members may choose to implement half-ice hockey sooner.

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