Player Development

Hockey Canada Age Divisions

Age ranges and names for levels of minor hockey

Find out when your child can begin playing minor hockey. Learn about age-appropriate development as players advance to successive age divisions.

Hockey Canada and its 13 members have ratified age division names changes for all levels of minor hockey. The changes create a simpler and more consistent reference for parents registering their children.

The changes taking effect for 2022-23 season registration.

Only the names will change. Actual divisions remain consistent with past seasons. Areas with Major and Minor designations within divisions will continue to do so under the new naming format.

Minor hockey age division chart for the 2023-24 Season

Year of Birth Age on Dec. 31, 2023 Age Division
2017 and earlier * 6 or under Under-7 (U7)
2016 7 Under-9 (U9)
2015 8
2014 9 Under-11 (U11)
2013 10
2012 11 Under-13 (U13)
2011 12
2010 13 Under-15 (U15)
2009 14
2008 15 Under-18 (U18)
2007 16
2006 17
2005-2004-2003 18-19-20 Under-21 (U21)


* The Timbits U7 program is for players under the age of seven as of Dec. 31 of the current playing year (local hockey associations have the option of registering four-year-olds).


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