Parent Resources


Hockey Canada has approved national policies that mandate all Initiation-aged players receive age-appropriate programming on cross-ice or half-ice surfaces (effective for the 2016-17 season) and Novice-aged players for the 2019-20 season. A key aspect of each policy is that each of Hockey Canada’s 13 branches can develop a provincial model that best meets the needs of its participants.

Click here for more information on the Intro to Hockey Program

There is a lot of push back from parents/coaches/community members about this program.  Why should we be on board with this?  Contrary to what a lot of people might believe, this program is NOT about creating more ice time for larger centers.  In fact, this will very well put more pressure on ice time allocation for everyone since team size must shrink to accommodate this new format.  This change has been mandated and WILL happen come the 2019 playing season.  We have compiled some information regarding this new program to maybe help ease your concerns regarding the implementation of this new program.


10 Indisputable Statistics Proving Cross Ice is Better Than Full Ice for Young Players:

Why would parents not want these improvements for their own kids?

1.  6x more shots on goal per player

2.  5x more passes received per player

3.  2x more puck battles per player

4.  2x more puck touches per player

5.  2x more pass attempts per player

6.  2x more shot attempts per player

7.  2x more change of direction pivots

8.  1.75 shots/minute vs. 0.45 shots/minute playing full ice

9.  Turns out the actual stats of the U8 game resemble those of an NHL game

10.  Simply put by Bob Mancini, Manger of USA Hockey Athlete Development Model: "The numbers show what is good for the child"


 NHL Analytics


And remember folks, back in the day wasn't always better!  There are always improvements to be made in this great sport of ours!  Our kids perceptions reflect our own.  Remember, what your kid hears at the supper table is his/her viewpoint also.  Give your kids a chance to play without imposing your beliefs and see what happens!


Insurance Information/Handout

Insurance Handout/Information


Would you like your child(ren) to play hockey but are unable to afford it?  Below are some links which can help you:

Vermilion KidSport

Vegreville KidSport

Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program

Grant Programs in Alberta


If you are new to hockey, these links are perfect for you!

What equipment does my child need?

Equipment Fitting- Helpful Hints

Hockey 101: An Introduction to Canada's Game

Safe & Fun Parent Manual

How to Fit A Hockey Player with Equipment


If you are a seasoned Hockey Parent, please fell free to check out the following links:

An Unofficial Guide to Being a Hockey Parent

The Sports Parent Commitment

What Do Those Referee Hand Signals Mean?

10 Reasons Why I Would Never Coach Hockey

Concussion Awareness




Are You a Bad Hockey Parent?

Warning:  Video quality is terrible.



From Child's View, Parents Find Full-Ice Hockey No Fun

To demonstrate how a full sheet of ice looks to a child, USA Hockey put adult players on an extra large rink with giant nets to simulate what a child sees. The players found the games tiring, difficult and said they would lose interest quickly in the sport if that was what they faced. See how adult players opened their eyes to what is being taught by the American Development Model of cross-ice hockey and small-area games.



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