**NOTE: Due to the changes in the 2020-21 season in response to COVID-19, the Development Stream program is on hold until 2021-22**
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.
Due to the popularity of this program, tryouts are necessary and usually take place in early November.
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.
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 2021-22 Season
U11 : 2011 & 2012 (Atom)
U13 : 2009 & 2010 (Peewee)
U15 : 2007 & 2008 (Bantam)
U18 : 2004, 2005 & 2006 (Midget)
*All ages as of December 31.
Development Stream Convenor – David Hunter
Registration for the 2021-22 DS season will open Fall 2021.
The NGHA is looking for volunteers to help support the growth and operations of our Associations. We always have a need for dedicated volunteers who are able to donate their time and skills to help make our association the best in the region.