The U9 Hockey Program encourages an environment in which children can learn the fundamentals of hockey through skill development and small area games. Coach education and development are integral components of the U9 Hockey Program that directly correlates to better coaching, on and off the ice.
The U9 Hockey Program focuses on skill development and the fundamentals of hockey for kids aged 7 and 8. The purpose of this league is to address the need for more skill development in the novice age category. The NDL is a league in which the associations promote coach, parent, official and player education during the start of each season. The structure of the NDL allows associations to host four weeks of skill development sessions before conducting any evaluations. Each player will be evaluated fairly and placed on a team where they are best suited.
For more information on the Novice Development League, please check out the link on the Hockey Calgary website.
For the 2018 - 2019 Season:
½ Ice Hockey for the U9 Program
- Implement 1 Year Age Category for Novice Hockey for the 2018/19 season
- 2010 born players (8 year olds), who played Novice in the 2017/18 season, will continue to play full ice hockey for the 2018/19 season
- 2011 born players (7 year olds), who played Initiation in the 2017/18 season, will play ½ ice hockey for the 2018/19 season as per the recommendation of Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta. Topline structure of the game format is as follows:
- Only 2 teams will be scheduled per each game slot
- Teams will play split squad, ½ at each end
- Games will be played 4 on 4 (plus goalies)
- Line changes will be on the buzzer (length TBD)
- No off-sides, no icings
- 1 official at each end
McKnight Hockey Association
Our Mission is to provide our players with an affordable, fair and competitive hockey experience that focuses on the development of individual and team hockey skills, the practice of good sportsmanship and fair play and the opportunity to be challenged while having fun. At McKnight Hockey our goal is to involve your child in a program that fosters teamwork, skill development and enjoyment of the game.