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The Initiation Program (6 and under) and modified ice hockey (7 & 8 yrs)
Submitted By Erin Manboarde on Wednesday, August 15, 2018
The Initiation Program (6 and under) and modified ice hockey (7 & 8 yrs) was developed by Hockey Canada to make a child’s experience with hockey a fun, safe, and positive. The modified ice environment allows beginners to learn the fundamentals and age appropriate skills.


By progressively learning the fundamentals of hockey, players can develop confidence, experience personal achievement, and become contributing members of a team.Cross-ice/half-ice hockey games allow young players to experience more puck-handling, shooting, skating, coordination and decision-making. 

Small-area games are used at all levels of the game – including senior national teams and the NHL.You can view and download the Ontario Hockey Federation- Player Development Model guide (Click HERE) for all the details on what a players’ introduction to hockey should look like up to 8 years of age.

Please note that due to this initiative, we are not able to move players in these age groups to different divisions, players will be placed based on Date of Birth
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