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Discovery -

Discovery is a program for beginning skaters who are learning to move and skate while wearing hockey equipment.

  • For the 2018-19 season those born in 2014 are designated to the Discovery program.
  • Discovery is not a prerequisite for the JR Timbits or SR Timbits programs.
  • Discovery is a learn to skate, learn to play program and there are no hockey games played.
  • This structured program teaches basic movement and skating through development drills for about 2/3 of each 1 hour ice slot.
  • The remaining 1/3 of the session is devoted to playing non-competitive fun activities that develop the skills learned in the practice.
  • The players are registered for group, there are no teams formed.
  • Non-competitive
  • Structured program (based on CHA Initiation program)
  • No scheduled games throughout the season - practices only.
  • Will include a mini hockey game at the end of the season.
  • 18, 1 hour sessions from October to March
  • Time and location to be confirmed for 2018-19 Season
  • The Discovery program has traditionally run Saturday or Sunday.

Jr. Timbits -

JR Timbits is an introduction to hockey where the children will have only practices.

  • For the 2018-19 season those born in 2013 are designated to the Jr Timbits program. 2012 born players may also participate if more appropriate.
  • A child can register in Jr Timbits even if they have not participated in Discovery.
  • This program focuses on development of forward and backward skating, stopping, puck handling, and an introduction to the game of hockey.
  • Time and location to be confirmed for 2018-19 Season
  • Practices will be held on the weekends on Saturday or Sunday
  • 18, one hour slots from October to March.

Sr. Timbits -

Sr. Timbits is an introduction to hockey where the children will have practices as well as play games.

  • For the 2018-19 season those born in 2012 are designated to the Sr Timbits program.
  • A child can register in SR Timbits even if they have not participated in Discovery or Jr Timbits.
  • This program focuses on development of forward and backward skating, stopping, puck handling, and an introduction to the game of hockey.
  • Equally skilled groups/teams of an average of 10 players are formed after a preseason skate.
  • Third-ice games are played (i.e. boards separate the ice surface into thirds and two games are played at the same time on the end surfaces with active rest in the middle).
  • Locations of practices vary, last year many were at Callingwood Arena.
  • All practices/games will be held on Saturday / Sunday.
  • Games are non-competitive with no score kept.
  • No regular goalies – players rotate through all positions, including goaltender. No goalie equipment is used.
  • Emphasis on skating and learning basic hockey skills with an introduction to team concept.
  • 18, third-ice games and 18, third-ice practices from October to March.

Novice Minor -

NOVICE MINOR (7 years old - 2011)

  • Half-ice games ONLY;
  • Minor Novice Game Format 4v4
  • Half-ice/shared-ice practices ONLY
  • Hockey Edmonton allocation: 16 games and 30 practices (September 29-March 15);
  • No score keeping (game sheet), no standings
  • 5-minute shift buzzers during games, No faceoffs
  • No playoffs, Jamboree/celebration to finish
  • Modified tiering system (1-6) – allow flexibility, Club’s must have equally blended teams
  • Modified team roster sizes (18 minimum, 20 maximum) – one dressing room per team
  • No full-time goalies (40% maximum, goalie must also play out)
  • Rotate all players through all positions;
  • Regulation sized nets AND Blue pucks only (practices and games)

Novice Major -

NOVICE MAJOR (8 years old - 2010)

  • Full-ice games, rules, same referees, same period lengths
  • TRADITIONAL Hockey Canada/Alberta Novice full-ice game regulations
  • Half-ice/shared-ice practices ONLY
  • Hockey Edmonton allocation: 18 games and 26 practices (September 29-March 15)
  • Score keeping remains (game sheet), hidden standings (website backend)
  • Usage of full hour of ice, adjust 5 and 2-minute rule
  • Tournament playoffs, Jamboree/celebration to finish;
  • Modified tiering system (1-6) – allow flexibility, Club’s must have equally blended teams;
  • Modified team roster sizes (15 minimum, 16 maximum) – one dressing room per team
  • No full-time goalies (40% maximum, goalie must also play out)
  • Rotate all players through all positions
  • Regulation sized nets AND Blue pucks only (practices and games)

Atom -

Atom hockey continues with the formation of tiered teams that play city wide. The players will still vary from beginners that are learning basic hockey skills to those that have more experience.

  • A child can register in Atom even if they have not participated in Discovery, Jr Timbits, Sr Timbits, or Novice hockey.
  • For the 2018-19 season those born in 2008 and 2009 may register for the Atom program.
  • Tiered teams of 12 to 16 players are formed after an evaluation process that occurs over 3 or more skates during the month of September.
  • Players wanting to try out for the Atom Tier 1 teams will register to tryout earlier with Whitemud West.
  • The purpose of tiering is to have similarly skilled players on each team that are also playing against similarly skilled players from other clubs throughout the Hockey Edmonton program.
  • Games will be held throughout the city.
  • Locations of practices vary, but will mainly be on rinks throughout the west side of Edmonton.
  • Games and practices will be held on both weekday evenings and weekends.
  • Games will be played with Referees and scores are kept.
  • There are regular goalies that have evaluated as goalies on most teams – number of goalies for the particular year permitting.
  • Development of skating and hockey skills considers the skill level of the team.
  • 18 or more games and 18 or more practices (some will be half ice) from September to March. Most ice times will be on Saturday and Sunday but there will be weekday afternoon and evening ice times as well.

Peewee -

Peewee hockey continues with the formation of tiered teams that play city wide. The players will vary from beginner players to those that have more experience.

  • A child can register in Peewee even if they have not participated in Discovery, Jr Timbits, Sr Timbits, Novice, or Atom hockey.
  • For the 2018-19 season those born in 2006 and 2007 may register for the Peewee program.
  • Tiered teams of 14 to 18 players are formed after an evaluation process that occurs over 3 or more skates during the month of September.
  • Players wanting to try out for the Peewee AA teams will tryout with the Canadian Athletic Club (CAC) the fee is $100. You can register online with CAC for the tryout.  If not selected for the Peewee AA teams they would return to Whitemud West and register then.
  • The purpose of tiering is to have similarly skilled players on each team that are also playing against similarly skilled players from other clubs throughout the Hockey Edmonton program.
  • Games will be held throughout the city.
  • Locations of practices vary, but will mainly be on rinks throughout the west side of Edmonton.
  • Games and practices will be held on both weekday evenings and weekends.
  • Games will be played with Referees and scores are kept. There are regular goalies that have evaluated as goalies on most teams – number of goalies for the particular year permitting.
  • Development of skating and hockey skills considers the skill level of the team.
  • 18 or more games and 18 or more practices (some will be half ice) from September to March. Ice times will mostly be on weekends, but there will be alot of weekday evening and weekends as well.

Further inquiries can be directed to the Registrar.