Development Stream


 

About

The Development Stream (DS) is a subset of the House League Program, offering an enhanced opportunity for players who are looking for more development and an option to play more hockey with the potential to stream toward competitive hockey in the future.  It is also ideal for House League players that are not ready to make the commitment of playing competitive hockey, but are looking for more than the House League program offers.

DS teams are permitted to roster up to 25 players; however, only 17 players are able to play in any given game or tournament.  Players are expected to play in at least one of the out-of-town tournaments and a portion of the exhibition games.

Tryouts

Due to the popularity of this program, tryouts are necessary and usually take place in early November.

Schedule

DS ice times usually occur twice a week and will not be scheduled at the same time as house league ice.  It is likely that at least one of the DS ice times will be on the weekend.

The DS tournaments that the NGHA typically participates in are held between Christmas and New Year’s (Mississauga), Family Day weekend (Ottawa) and at Easter time (Brampton).

DS teams are permitted to play in a maximum of 3 tournaments and 8 exhibition games against other DS teams. The teams will practice on a regular basis and operate separately from the house league teams. There are no league games for DS.

Please note:  A player’s house league team is their first priority.  Players are required to fully participate with their house league team if they wish to play DS.

Fees

Team fees for DS will be communicated to parents ahead of the tryouts so that they can be fully informed before making a decision to participate. It should be noted that tournament registration fees are outside of the team budget, so only the players who are participating in the tournaments are responsible to pay a portion of the registration fee. Additional expenses, such as hotels, food, etc., are the family’s responsibility as per usual.

Birth years for the 2022-23 Season

U11 : 2012 & 2013 
U13 : 2010 & 2011 
U15 : 2008 & 2009 
U18 : 2005, 2006 & 2007 

*All ages as of December 31.

Contacts

Development Stream Convenor - David Hunter

Registration

Registration for the 2022-23 DS season will open Fall 2022.

 

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