Registration for the 2023-24 season will open in June. Stay tuned.
We are planning our 3rd annual LPAA Day with the Toronto Marlies. Once more information is available, we will post it here.
The LPAA Hockey program offers a non-contact recreational hockey program for house-league level kids aged 4 through 15. All of our teams and divisions are open to kids of all genders. The goal of the program is two-fold:
We want a fun but competitive league.
Our house league is split up into 5 divisions based on their age at December 31:
If you feel as though your child would be better suited to playing in a different division, please contact us and we would be happy to discuss.
The league starts when the city opens the outdoor rinks (usually the first week of December) and runs until Family Day weekend.
Our goal is for each team to play 10 games. Games are weather and ice-condition permitting. Where games are cancelled due to weather or rink closures, we will do our best to make up games during nights that we have extra ice booked or after the Family Day weekend.
Each division plays once a week at one of our three City rinks. Games times may vary depending on the week. Please see below for more details about the day, time and location of games by age group (subject to change based on permit availability).
Each game is divided into two activities:
For more detailed schedule information for each of our age divisions, please scroll down to the bottom of this page. There are tabs for each division.
To be eligible to play in the LPAA hockey league, applicants must adhere to the following requirements:
Kids of all genders are welcome (all of our teams are mixed-gender a.k.a. co-ed)
Players may play in another hockey league, however any “Select” (or higher) players (who have played at that level at any point during the last 12 months) from other leagues are NOT allowed. 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, they will be asked to leave the team without refund. (note that “Select” includes “Taxi squad” players).
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 volunteer Coaches 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.
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 Canadian Tire. You may also be able to find good quality used equipment at Play it Again Sports or through online marketplaces such as Kijiji and Facebook.
Note that team jerseys 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, Junior and Senior 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. The coach(es) will work with the kids to come up with a goalie schedule for the season.
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 to be a Coach (ideally, we have 2 Coaches per team), and we appreciate you volunteering! Coaches do not need to be at every game (that’s why we aim to have at least 2 Coaches per team).
No coaching experience is necessary, just need to be able to skate. We supply coaching skills tips to help with your coaching.
Other volunteer positions are available too! See the Volunteer tab at the top of this page for more information or indicate your desire to volunteer during the registration process.
Please 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 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! You can also check on the status of the City of Toronto's outdoor rinks by clicking here.
Each season, we need a number of young, enthusiastic individuals to help us referee our games. Refereeing can be a great way to get volunteer hours. We give preference to former LPAA hockey players. If you are interested in refereeing for the next season, please complete the referee registration form to indicate your interest and to acknowledge some of our policies.
Registration for the 2023-24 season will open in June and will stay open until November 10, 2023.
Registrations received after November 10, 2023 will be subject to available spots. Friend requests for registrations received after this date may not be accommodated.
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 2023-24 Season:
Nov. 27, 2023 to Feb. 15, 2024
We will be following all applicable public health guidelines and any rules required by the City of Toronto for the use of city facilities.
Please keep in mind that public health guidelines remain fluid and may change during the season. The LPAA strives to provide a safe environment for our players to play and have fun.
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.
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 division tab below for specific division information on times and locations. Please keep in mind that the schedule and locations are based on past years and are subject to the availability of rinks from the City. We will do our best to keep to these schedules, however the schedule and location are subject to change.