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Intro to Hockey


Please read and download information from links below. They contain information you need to know for U7 and U9 age divisions of hockey.

Hockey Alberta’s Intro to Hockey Model provides the general structural and administrative guidelines and specific playing rules for all players, ages 5-8 years. These rules and guidelines are required for all U7 and U9 hockey in Alberta.

The Intro to Hockey Model is divided into five sections:

Hockey Alberta has developed the following documents to help everyone better understand the Intro to Hockey model, and why it is important as the starting point for the development of young hockey players. If your organization would like the original Powerpoint presentation, please contact Hockey Alberta’s Manager of Hockey Development, Stephen Pattison.

Intro to Hockey Logistics >

Intro to Hockey Model >

Of note are certain items that are NON-NEGOTIABLE and must be implemented to be compliant with the Hockey Canada policy.

In addition to the resources available here on the Hockey Alberta website, helpful information is also available from these organizations:

The Coaches Site Ice Hockey Systems Hockey Canada Network App Hockey Canada Drill Hub
IIHF Development Hub USA Hockey Practice Plans USA Hockey Mobile Coach National Skill Development Association

Hockey Alberta

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In the U7 Division, goaltenders are only to have a goalie stick. No other goalie equipment is required.
In the U9 Division, goalies are to be dressed in full equipment. 
All players should have an opportunity to play goal and all players should rotate through the goalie position throughout the season. The Hockey Canada Long Term Player Development philosophy encourages a wide range of skill development at a young age and focusing on a single position will limit a child’s opportunity to practice skills in all areas.
Coaches can help goaltender development by utilizing Hockey Alberta’s Goaltender Guide. It can be downloaded by clicking on the image.

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Important resources can be found in the Learn to Play Skill Development Guidebook and the Hockey Alberta Intro to Hockey Player Development Guide. Click on the images to download each document.