Under-9 Hockey

Under-9 Hockey | What you need to know about Novice changes?

Canadian hockey parents familiar with half-ice U9 games are fully behind the initiative because it promotes skill development, self-confidence, teamwork and fun.
Goyette discusses half-ice
The two-time Olympic gold medallist talks about how half-ice hockey is beneficial to long-term skill development.
Pearn on benefits of half-ice
At his annual 3-on-3 camp, the long-time NHL coach talks about how half-ice is more enjoyable for young players.
Age-appropriate programs mean more ‘hands on’ hockey, which means improved skill development and more fun.
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 U9 hockey across the country.


Developing Skills First

The Hockey Canada U9 Program is an essential component in developing the hockey skills of all young kids playing hockey in Canada. The Hockey Canada U9 skill development resource is the official instructional curriculum of Hockey Canada.


U9 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.


U9 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.



(My son) had much more opportunity with the puck – skate with the puck on his stick, shoot on the net… (it) made the ice times incredibly fun."

– Christine G.
Alberta hockey parent, on half-ice play


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