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Kickstarters Guide

How to Start a Child in Hockey

Starting a child in hockey is fairly easy. Our community is among many that have a hockey association. Each association divides children first by age level, and then by skill level. A child at any skill level and almost any age can play hockey, as long as they have the proper equipment and complete all commitments identified during registration on time. Click Here to register a new player.


 Is the sport of hockey safe for my child?
Yes. Hockey players wear more protective equipment than any other sport. A study has shown that ice hockey injuries ranked after both basketball and soccer in emergency room visits related to sport and recreational activities. Youth hockey is a different game than the NHL. With a different set of rules in place, youth hockey places a stronger emphasis on sportsmanship and friendly competition. Contact is not allowed prior to the Bantam level (age 13 & 14). At Bantams, checking is allowed but NO fighting.

 What will it cost for my child to play hockey?
There are programs and opportunities to participate that do not have to be expensive.  Each local youth hockey association has its own fee structure for its players. Click Here for a breakdown of all of our associations registration costs.

 What is the commitment level that will be required for my child to play hockey?
House programs (such as learn to skate, Mite & open skate programs) will be focused on skill development while keeping things fun on a limited commitment basis. Travel programs are more competitive and require more of a time commitment.