What is Minor Hockey?
Minor hockey in Canada is overseen by Hockey Canada. In Calgary it is administered by a member organization - Hockey Calgary. McKnight Hockey Association is a member of Hockey Calgary. This organization ensures that all players have an equal opportunity to participate in a safe and fun sport.
Who can play?
Any boy or girl between the ages of 5 and 20. Based on their age on December 31, they play in one of these groups:
* Timbits 5 & 6
* Novice 7 & 8
* Atom 9 & 10
* PeeWee 11 & 12
* Bantam 13 & 14
* Midget 15, 16 & 17
* Junior C 18, 19, 20 & 21
What is the minimum age for Timbits?
Timbits is for 5 and 6 year olds, as of December 31.
"Junior" (first year) Timbits are typically the 5 year old players, however they can also be placed based on skill to balance the teams. (For example, a 5 year old with a higher skill level may play in "Senior" (second year) Timbits while a 6 year old with little or no experience may play in "Junior Timbits"). All players that turn 7 before December 31 of that season will be in Novice regardless of whether they played Timbits.
How long is the hockey season?
September to March:
The hockey season starts in the beginning of September with a few weeks of conditioning and evaluation skates, or team sorting skates. League games are held October-February. Esso Minor Hockey Week is held during the 3rd week in January. Playoffs are held in March.
The Timbits program is governed by the Hockey Calgary Timbits program and they do not participate in league play, Esso Minor Hockey Week or Playoffs.
The Novice Program is governed by Hockey Calgary's Novice Development League and they do not participate in Playoffs.
Any team may decide to participate in tournaments during the season. Many tournaments are schedule around the December school break, and after Playoffs in March.
Where do they play?
McKnight Hockey Association has three home arenas:
Huntington Hills (520-78 Ave NW)
Thorncliffe/Greenview (5600 Center St N)
West Mount Pleasant (2408 6th St NW)
All practices and home games are played at these arenas; away games are played at various arenas throughout the city. For a map of any of these arena locations, please click on our "Arenas" tab on the McKnight Home Page.
Is it expensive?
The biggest component of the costs associated with hockey is the ice time which has to be purchased from the local arenas and it's cost can vary. McKnight Hockey overall has one of the most affordable programs in the city. It can be costly replacing equipment on a regular basis, but there are many programs available throughout the city that allow for a swap of used equipment. McKnight also offers up a "Classified" page on our website for sale and/or swap of used equipment.
Registration fees range from $575 - $1025, depending on the program
How difficult is it for new players?
As with any sport, players have to acquire skills. The hockey season on average consists of one-two practices and one game, per week. The practices are designed to teach the necessary skills which vary by age group. The age groups are also broken into divisions to permit a player to play with other players of equal interest and ability. When players go through the conditioning and evaluation skates they are placed on an team of players with similar skill sets. For more information on our evaluation process, please refer to our "Evaluations" tab. Players can start playing hockey at any age, new players are not restricted to the younger divisions.
At the Timbits and Novice levels most players need to learn skating skills. New players will find other players at their level and coaches will provide as much opportunity as possible to learn while having fun.
What are the parents' responsibilities?
Parents must ensure their child is properly equipped. To be fair to your child and his/her teammates, your child should attend all scheduled games and practices. McKnight Hockey Association is run entirely by parent volunteers. Therefore, each parent is expected to help out with volunteering either at the Association Level (Board Member, Director, Committee Member, Coordinator, etc.) or at the Team Level (Coach, Manager, Treasurer, Scorekeeper, etc.)
In Calgary, at least one parent must complete the "Respect In Sport" program provided for by Hockey Calgary online. Without your Respect In Sport Certificate Number, your player will not be allowed to play on the ice, under Hockey Calgary's regulations.
Parents, players and coaches are also required to read and sign the "Fair Play Code" of conduct. Please refer to our Parents tab to review these codes.
Each community association may also has its own fundraising activities in which parents may have to participate. To find out what community association you belong to please refer to our "McKnight Boundaries" tab under "Registrations".
How did McKnight Hockey Association form?
Confederation (CHC) and the Thorncliffe Greenview (TG) Hockey programs merged in early 2000 to form the McKnight Hockey Association. At the beginning of the 2002-2003 hockey season Calgary North Central Hockey (CNC) merged with the McKnight Hockey Association. SMHC Hockey was formed as a result of the boundary review completed by Hockey Calgary in 2008. They joined McKnight for the 2009-2010 season. It consists of the communities of Sandstone, MacEwan, Harvest Hills and Country Hills. These communities had previously been included in Simons Valley Hockey. Hidden Valley joined SMHC in 2015-2016 as a result of another Hockey Calgary boundary change.
What equipment is required?
Player Equipment List:
CSA Approved Hockey Helmet with full Face Mask/Cage
Jock or Jill
Hockey Socks (Practice)
Mouth Guard (The use of mouth guards is optional only at the Timbits Level)
Please refer to our Hockey Equipment website page for more details on equipment requirements and how to properly fit equipment.
When does registration begin?
Registration is available online May - July. Late registrations may also be accepted in August and September, with an added late fee. Walk-in registration is scheduled for the 3rd week in August. Please check the REGISTRATION TAB for additional details.
All members MUST register online!
Credit card payments must be made online; cheque, cash and money orders can only be accepted at the walk-in event.
How much does it cost?
The registration fees range between $575-$1025 depending on the age category or program. TG fees are regulated by TGCA and TG Members are required to sign up to volunteer at bingos, please refer to the FEES tab for more information.
When are fees due?
All hockey fees MUST be paid for prior to players stepping foot on the ice during their first evaluation or conditioning skate.
Payment must be made in full by credit card at time of online registration. If you are unable to pay by credit card please attend our walk-in registration where you are able to pay by cheque, cash or money order.
If you are part of the Thorncliffe Greenview Association you are required to volunteer in community bingos. You must sign up for these bingos at the TG walk-in registration and pay your fees directly to TG.
If you are applying for the Flames Even Strength Program (assisted funding), you must pay the difference between fees and funded amount at walk-in registration with your completed application. Please refer to our FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE website page.
What is the schedule like?
The hockey schedule varies from week to week, and month to month. There are no set days or times for any team or division. The most common ice times start between 5:15pm and 10:00pm on weekdays, (age appropriate) and anytime on weekends; this includes 7:00am practices.
McKnight does their best to provide Timbits and House League with a regulated schedule, but again this may vary due to the schedule restrictions.
What is Quadrant Hockey?
Quadrant Hockey teams are the Elite teams or "AA"/"AAA" teams. The Quadrant in which McKnight players would try out for is called the Calgary Northstars Hockey Association. Players should register for McKnight Hockey even if they are trying out for Quadrant Hockey. Please ensure you indicate this in the registration questions online. For more information about Quadrant Hockey, please refer to www.calgarynorthstars.ca.
My son/daughter is trying out for Quadrant, do I have to register with McKnight too?
YES, in order to ensure a place on a McKnight team (if required), all players trying out for AAA and AA must also register, and tryout, with McKnight.
Please register through the RAMP Registration program and choose "YES trying out for Quadrant" in the question portion of the registration AND choose "payment type: cheque". This way, any players unsuccessful in securing a position on a quadrant team will have established themselves for inclusion on a McKnight team. Conversely, players successful in making quadrant hockey will receive McKnight's congratulations.
We ask that Quadrant players please provide a September 1, post-dated cheque. If you return to McKnight your cheque will be cashed, if you do not return to McKnight, your cheque will be returned or destroyed.
Will I get a tax receipt?
Effective for the 2017 and subsequent taxation years, childrenâ€™s fitness tax credit will be eliminate. Please refer to the Child Fitness Tax Credit link on the registration tab for more information.
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