Dear LPAA Parents,
After much consideration, we have made the decision to cancel the remaining portion of the LPAA hockey season. This means that all playoff games that were scheduled the week of March 23 and the banquet that was to be held on April 5th are cancelled. We are sorry that the season, unfortunately, has to come to such an abrupt end.
While we understand the disappointment that some of the kids may have with this decision, we also share the concerns of parents who do not wish to put children in a position to get infected by COVID-19. Cancelling these activities will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As we are a community-based organization, the health and welfare of our greater community is of utmost importance.
More information will be disseminated at a later date regarding the team/individual photos that were taken at the end of January. In the meantime, I hope that all of you and your families stay healthy.
The LPAA Hockey program offers a non-contact recreational hockey program for house-league calibre boys and girls aged 5 through 15. The goal of the program is twofold: a) to ensure the kids have a fun and sportsmanlike experience, and b) to help them learn and improve on their hockey skills. We want a fun but competitive league.
The league starts when the city opens the outdoor rinks (usually the first full week of December), and runs until Family Day weekend. We have the rinks reserved after the long weekend in case we need any make up games. We play around 10 games during the season. Please see below for the rink locations and maps for each age group.
Each Division (except for the Skills which plays only on Wednesdays & Seniors who play on Mondays) plays once a week on one of two days each week (see details below for your specific age group below). In other words each child plays one game each week but on some weeks you will play on the one night noted in the schedule and the other weeks you will play on another night. Games times vary so please refer to the schedule for details.
Each game is divided into two activities:
a) the first 10 to 15 minutes is for a practice, and
b) a game for the remaining period.
To be eligible to play in the LPAA hockey league, applicants must adhere to the following requirements:
Teams are made up based on the following criteria:
All players must have CSA approved equipment including:
If you require help with your equipment purchase, stores like “Sport Chek” are good, or you can also purchase good quality beginner sets at Walmart and/or Canadian Tire. Note that team sweaters and socks will be supplied by the league just prior to the first game. Also remember to sharpen the skates prior to the first game, and at least once during the season.
For each game in the Skills and Tykes division, players take turns each shift in net with their own regular equipment and with a goalie stick provided by the league for Tykes (Skills players use their own sticks). In the Pee Wee and Junior divisions, a child is allocated to play goalie prior to each game, and full goalie equipment is provided by the league. We encourage all children to try this position, but if your child is very averse, simply talk to the Coach.
As this is a non-profit community league, we are 100% run by volunteers. On the application form is an area to indicate your interest in volunteering for Coach or Assistant Coach (we need one Coach and one or two Assistants per team), and we appreciate you volunteering! Coaches do not need to be at every game (that’s why we have 1 Coach plus 1-2 Assistants per team). No coaching experience is necessary, just need to be able to skate. We supply coaching skills tips to help with your coaching. Each game will also be referreed by a referee or one of the Coaches from one of the teams playing.
Other volunteer positions are available too! See the Volunteer tab at the top of this page for more information.
Note that games at outdoor rinks may occasionally be called off due to rain or excessive snow. The Coach(es) and/or Convenor(s) will not necessarily know in advance if the rink is closed, and hence please assume that all games are on. In most cases, you would be surprised at what we can play in light light rain, freezing cold, and snow! We will do our best to inform you if we become aware that the rinks are closed. If you haven't heard otherwise and you're unsure, please show up to the rink!
One hour weekday evenings starting when the City-owned rinks open (usually the first week of December) until Family Day weekend in mid-February.
Expected 2020-2021 Season:
November 30, 2020 to February 11, 2021
Registration for the 2020-2021 hockey season will open at the end of May. Please check back then.
ALL INFORMATION about your child's current season, including team assignment, current schedules, rosters, and up-to-date communications, is available from the free SportsEngine mobile app. Simply download the app by following the instructions below and connect using the same login information as when you registered.
Kids play within divisions based on age groups. Ages are determined as of December 31.
Teams meet for one hour each week. Teams do not meet at any other time. Depending on the age group, the rink location and/or the game time will vary each week.
Click the appropriate tab below for detailed information.