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LPAA Hockey

IMPORTANT UPDATE - 2020-21 Season Cancelled

Dear LPAA Families,

We regret to inform you that we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming 2020-2021 season.

This decision was made taking into account the best interests of our players and volunteer coaches.  Given the rise of COVID-19 cases occurring in the Toronto area through September, we did not feel that we could adequately run the league without risking the health of those playing in games.

We are looking forward to putting on a great 2021-2022 season and hope that you will join us then.

In the meantime, we hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy.

Regards,
Rakesh

HOCKEY PROGRAM INFORMATION

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.

SCHEDULE

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.

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to play in the LPAA hockey league, applicants must adhere to the following requirements:

  • Boys and girls are welcome (all of our teams are co-ed)
  • Players may play in another hockey league, however any “Select” (or higher) players (who have played at that level in the last 12 months) from other leagues are NOT allowed.  This is because our experience over the years has been that just one or two Select players on a LPAA team completely throws off the team balance, and lopsided scores result with some teams winning no games and other teams winning by 10 to 0, and less-skilled players rarely touching the puck.  If a Select player is found to be on a team, he/she will be asked to leave the team. (note that “Select” includes “Taxi squad” players).
  • As we are a community league, priority is given to players in the area bounded by St. Clair to the South, York Mills to the North, Bayview to the East, and Bathurst to the West.

TEAM SELECTION

Teams are made up based on the following criteria:

  • First and foremost, the skill level of the child. An unbalanced team is not fun for any child. To that end, please put some thought into the section on the application form in which you are asked to rate your child's ability, as we use this info to try to make up balanced teams.
  • The need to ensure that we have a Coach and at least one Assistant Coach on each team.
  • The age of the children (a mix of younger and older).
  • If possible, (e.g. it does not affect balance), a request to be paired with ONE other friend.  This request is made during the registration process.  Please note that the requested friend MUST also request your child during their registration process.  Should more than one person be requested during registration, only the first requested name will be considered.

EQUIPMENT

All players must have CSA approved equipment including:

  • skates (no figure skates)
  • helmet with full face shield
  • neck guard
  • shoulder and elbow pads
  • jock or jock shorts (with garter belt, or separate garter belt)
  • hockey gloves
  • hockey pants
  • shin guards
  • hockey stick (for proper length, hold stick vertical with child on skates, and the stick should go to their chin).

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.

GOALIE

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.

COACHES & REFEREES

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.

GAME DAY CONDITIONS

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!

IMPORTANT DATES

REGULAR SEASON 

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

ONLINE REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2020-2021 hockey season has been put on hold given the current situation with COVID-19. We are hoping to open up registration in September.  Please check back then.

HOCKEY COST

2020-2021 house league

  • Registration fee:  $TBD
  • Registration fee includes ice time, team sweater and socks, and individual/team photos.

refund policy

  • Up to November 1:  Refunds available less $15 administration fee.
  • On or after November 1:  No refunds except for compassionate medical reasons.  Any permitted refunds subject to $15 administrative fee.

Rakesh Aggarwal

Hockey Czar


Important Instructions for Current Season Players and Parents

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.

Download the app at Apple App Store and Google Play.


Schedules, Locations and Contact Information

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.