Conditioning and Evaluation skates will begin in early September for U9, U11 and U13. U15 and U18 generally begin around the middle of September. U7 (Timbits) do not have formal evaluations, please refer to the U7 website for more information.

COVID19 Protocols for Sorting/Evaluations:

Under the Hockey Calgary Return to Hockey Plan, the Sorting/Evaluation Phase will take place in September and will be for the sole purpose of creating like skilled 'Cohort Groups' of less than 50 players. This process will be done through physically distanced skill-based evaluations.  Once placed in formal cohorts players will be able to come in contact with each other. You can find the Hockey Calgary sorting/evaluation guidelines on page 13 of the Return To Play Manual. McKnight Association specific protocols will be finalized and communicated to each division before sorting/evaluations. If you have specific sorting/evaluation questions please direct them to the Head Evaluation Coordinators, Ryan Medlicott (U9 to U13) or Tom Jong (U15 to U18).


All registered and paid players will be notified by email regarding your first skate time and place. Subsequent notifications will be by email from your Division Evaluation Coordinators, and will also be on the McKnight Division website pages. The Division website pages are located under Divisions in the top menu of the McKnight website. It is the parent/players responsibility to refer to these pages for all updates. If you do not have internet access, please notify your Division Evaluation Coordinator at the first skate to make alternate arrangements for notification.

Parent information sessions will be held via Zoom call on Wednesday August 26th @ 7 PM. If you have any questions regarding evaluations please be sure to attend this information session. Parents and players are not to communicate with the off-ice evaluators during evaluations. All questions are to be directed to your Division Evaluation Coordinators and your Division Coordinators only.


Parents and players are expected to become familiar with the McKnight Evaluation process through the material available on our website, and by contacting your Division Evaluation Coordinators/Division Coordinators. Parents and players are expected to communicate any questions during evaluations to the Division Evaluation Coordinators/Division Coordinators only. Parents and players are not to communicate with evaluators regarding the process, results, or any other evaluation concerns. The Division Evaluation Coordinators will bring any circumstances requiring special consideration to the Head Evaluation Coordinator's attention.


Any player exceptions from the evaluation process will be addressed on a case by case basis with the following criteria:

  • Pre-season injury
  • Injury occurring during the evaluation process
  • Pre-existing injury or condition
  • Illness or family emergency

All cases must be brought to the attention of your Division Evaluation Coordinator before the next ice time to be considered for exception to the evaluation process. If your child is unable to attend any of the scheduled Evaluation skate times due to illness or injury, it is imperative that you contact your Division Evaluation Coordinators and let them know. A doctor's note may be required. If your child is unable to attend for any other reason, or you do not notify your Division Evaluation Coordinator (no show), a "zero" will be recorded for their score for that session.

The Division Evaluation Coordinator will then bring the issue forward to the Head Evaluation Coordinator for resolution. A reasonable and fair course of action will be undertaken to place the player considering, but not limited to, the following factors:

  • Previous years' coaches evaluations and feedback
  • Placement of peers from previous season
  • Any information gathered from the current year evaluation process

All decisions made in these cases, and ratified by the McKnight Board of Directors, are considered final.


Evaluations can be a hectic and stressful time for players, parents and volunteers. Please remember that all members involved in evaluations are volunteers. On-Ice Coaches, On-the-bench helpers, Off-Ice Evaluators, Evaluation Coordinators and Division Coordinators, Data Entry helpers, Check-in Volunteers and the Board of Directors dedicate large amounts of time and energy to provide the most effective process possible. All efforts are made to consider players and parents during evaluations through preparation, communication and an open process. Please be considerate of the volunteers' time and efforts made during evaluations.

Please review our Evaluation FAQ's - Player Evaluations - Parent Information

U13 Checking:

Hockey Alberta, acting on a decision made by its Board of Directors, eliminated body checking from the U13 division beginning in the 2013-2014 hockey season, therefore checking will no longer be evaluated at the U13 division.

U15 Checking:

Hockey Calgary passed a decision to eliminate body checking from U15 Division 4 and down beginning in the 2015-2016 hockey season.

U18 Checking:

Hockey Calgary passed a decision to eliminate body checking form U18 Division 4 and down beginning in the 2017 - 2018 hockey season.