Is the sport of hockey safe for my child?
Yes. Hockey players wear more protective equipment than any other sport. A study has shown that ice hockey injuries ranked after both basketball and soccer in emergency room visits related to sport and recreational activities. Youth hockey is a different game than the NHL. With a different set of rules in place, youth hockey places a stronger emphasis on sportsmanship and friendly competition. Contact is not allowed prior to the 14U level (age 13 & 14). At Bantams, checking is allowed but NO fighting.
What do I need for development hockey lessons?
You will need a hockey helmet with cage, stick, hockey gloves, elbow pads and shin pads. We have rental skates at the rink for your player to use.
What type of equipment does my child need to play on a team?
For skaters, they will need a helmet with a cage, player skates, hockey gloves, hockey elbow pads, hockey shin pads, protective cup, undergarments (shirt and shorts or pants), neck guard and player stick. For goalies, they will need helmet with a cage, goalie pads, goalie gloves, goalie blocker, protective cup, undergarments (shirt and shorts or pants), goalie neck protector, goalie skates and goalie stick.
What will it cost for my child to play hockey?
Our programs are very inexpensive compared to other programs in the area. Hockey is an expensive sport, but here at HEParks Hockey Club we make it very cost efficient for the parents. The amount of ice time your player gets compared to the price; comes out to about $5-$10 per ice session for development lessons. When your player starts to play on team and different levels, the cost will go up.
What are the different levels of hockey can my child play at?
There are three different tiers they can play at. Tier 1 is very high level, very competitive and commitment level (AAA), Tier 2 is high level of competition and commitment level (AA) travel leagues, and Tier 3 is the lowest level of competition and commitment level (A) house/travel leagues.
What is the commitment level that will be required for my child to play hockey?
There are different commitment levels for participation. Depending on what level your player wants to at; will determine the commitment level. Our house programs will be focused on skill development while keeping things fun on a limited commitment basis. Travel programs are more competitive and require more of a time commitment.