NEW TO HOCKEY
Below is important information for those who are new to the sport of hockey and just getting started:
Choosing your programming:
- House League (U9 - U18): House League offers an opportunity for all ages & skill levels to learn new hockey skills within a social & fun, yet competitive environment!
- Representative Level (U11 - U18): Representative level is for players who demonstrate advanced level hockey skills and are seeking more challenging gameplay in a competitive & fun environment! Players must attend Tryouts to participate at the Representative Level.
- Goaltender: There are always opportunities to try goalie! EGHA offers a registration incentive for participants who are serious about pursuing this position.
The following equipment is required for all hockey players:
Hockey Helmet (with full face cage or shield)
Shoulder Pads & Chest Guard
Hockey Jill (pelvic protection)
Hockey Skates (sharpened) & Skate Guards
Hockey Socks & Hockey Jersey
Mouth Guard (these can be pre-formed from your dentist or a mouthguard clinic or most sports stores have mouthguards for sale that can be formed at home)
If your player/goalie wears glasses, please speak to your optometrist about shatterproof lenses.
And Don't Forget:
Sports Water Bottle (clearly labeled with your child’s name)
The following equipment is required for all hockey goaltenders:
Goalie Neck Shield (“Dangler”)
Goaltender Chest guard
Catcher Glove & Blocker
Hockey/Goalie Jill (pelvic protection)
Hockey Socks and/or tights
*in some cases a player helmet with full face cage is accepted, with a proper goalie “dangler” attached
**for younger recreational players, hockey pants may be acceptable.
When in doubt, always check with your coach & trainer to ensure that you have the appropriate & proper fitted equipment!
If purchasing gently used equipment or receiving hand-me-downs, please ensure the following:
- Equipment is in good condition & free from major wear n’ tear (inspect for cracks in helmets, large rips, broken straps/buckles, torn Velcro, missing armor, etc.).
- Equipment fits properly (equipment that is too big or too small will not safely protect your player).
- Pay attention to expiry dates on items such as helmets.
Have your new player try on their hockey gear at home a few times to get the feel of it before arriving at the arena for the first time. Here’s a few great videos showing how to dress your new hockey player:
How-To Put-on Player’s Gear Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mroRyKO1At0
How-to put-on Goalie Gear Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEPih77j96Y
Age Division Name Changes:
As of the 2020-2021 Season, Hockey Canada changed the minor hockey age division names to the system we see now:
Former Division Name
New Division Name
U9 (Under 9)
U11 (Under 11)
U13 (Under 13)
U15 (Under 15)
U18 (Under 18)
Fundraising & Volunteers:
2 crucial elements every minor hockey association requires: Fundraising & Volunteers!
- Fundraising Activities & Sponsorships help keep organizational costs down, which helps us to offer competitive registration fees to our members.
- All Eagles Team Bench Staff are trained & certified and are required to provide up to date Vulnerable Sector Police Record checks annually.
- And we’re always in need of parent volunteers to help with organization events & fundraising!
Contact us for more info on sponsorship opportunities and volunteer positions available.
Website & social media:
The EGHA Website is a great resource for info, events, and to view your child’s ice time schedules.
Don’t forget to follow us on FACEBOOK & Instagram!
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