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Who operates East Gwillimbury Minor Hockey?

The East Gwillibury Minor Hockey Association (EGMHA) operates the minor hockey programs in the Town of East Gwillimbury, we are affiliated with the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. We are a not for profit, volunteer-run hockey association for players, ages 4 and up.  EGMHA offers Representative, House League, and Local League programs.

Please note that due to COVID-19 - information for the current season under the OHF Return to Play Guidelines may vary from the answers provided below (start times and days of the week answers). Please check our main page of the website for up-to-date information on the 2020-21 season.

When does hockey start?

Evaluations for House League and Local League usually begin in mid-September and the season will start shortly thereafter.  For the 2020-21 season, we intend to start our programs for all U8 and above divisions as of September 21st.  Our U7 and below divisions are targeted to begin mid-October. Please make sure to bring your child to the evaluations as it helps us create balanced teams for the season. The season is expected to end in mid-March.

 

What days of the weeks are they on the ice?

Generally the House League hockey program operates on Saturdays & Sundays (this may vary this season due to limited ice times available to EGMHA due to COVID-19); with practices on Saturdays and games on Sundays. The ice times will be consistent through the season.   While we won’t know for sure until we finalize our yearly ice contract with the town, we try our best to keep the times consistent with the previous year. 

 

While ice times are subject to change, here is general idea of what to expect:

 

Division

Saturday

Sunday

U7

10:30 – 11:30 am
11:30 - 12:30 pm
12:30 - 1:30 pm

7:30 - 8:30 am
8:30 - 9:30 am
9:30 - 10:30 am
U8

1:30 – 12:30 pm

10:30 - 11:30 am 

U9

11:00 - 12:00 pm

11:30 - 12:30 pm 

U11

8:00 – 9:00 am

10:00 – 11:00 am

12:00 – 1:00 pm

1:00 – 2:00 pm

 
Local League and Rep teams don’t have a consistent day, generally they will play games at various days, times and locations throughout the week.  Practices will always be in EG, and the practice times will usually be consistent. 

Due to COVID-19, at this current time, all practice and games are internal within EGMHA and will be at the EG Sports Complex. Teams will be formed the week of September 14th, your coach will be in touch before September 21st with your first ice times. 


 

What is the skill expectation coming in? 

We recommend that new players be somewhat comfortable on skates, able to navigate themselves across the ice with minimal assistance and to get up on their own when they fall down. Our experience has shown that when a first time player feels they have a chance to move with the play then they are more likely to enjoy the experience and hockey is more likely to become a continuing part of their life.

 

What is included with my registration fee?

Players in the House League program will receive two hours/week on the ice, a team jersey, a pair of hockey socks, a team photo and an end-of-season banquet.  For players in the Local League program, the number of practices provided depends on the division (all players do receive 2 team jerseys and socks and a team photo).


My child would like to try being a goalie. Can he/she?
Absolutely in our House League program for all ages below Atom (generally Atom and up, we tend of have dedicated goalies for each team). For the younger ages, we provide each team with a set of goalie equipment, and believe in rotating the goaltending position on a weekly basis, allowing all players the opportunity to try goaltending.   

 

How much is registration?

Registration costs vary depending on the age group.  Please see our Registration Information page for costs.


How do I register my child?

All players wishing to registering with EGMHA must do so using the Hockey Canada registration module which will be accessible from the website, registration usually opens in late April or early May.  At that time, click on the Registration Information page, this will take you to our registration information webpage.  Please take the time to read the information before clicking on the link to the Hockey Canada registration module at the bottom of the page. Once you have reached the Hockey Canada registration module, follow the instructions there to register.  

Why hasn’t anyone called me since I registered?

Don’t worry we haven’t forgotten about you.  You will be contacted sometime in September by the association to let you know what your assigned times are for House League and/or Local League evaluations.  Players must be in full equipment for evaluations (including neck and mouth guards). Also keep checking the EGMHA website over the summer as we’ll keep you posted of any news regarding our House League and Local League programs.

 

Does the EGMHA run a summer hockey program?

The EGMHA does not run a summer hockey program nor are we affiliated with any of the programs that run during the summer.  If you are looking at summer hockey development there are some great options throughout York Region to explore.  The Town of East Gwillimbury does also run a Hockey Camp in August. Please see the Town of East Gwillmbury Summer Camp website for more information on what they offer.

 

Can I volunteer with the EGMHA?

The continued success of the EGMHA is very dependent on the strength of our volunteers and we are always looking for new people willing to contribute their time to our various programs. You do not need to be a hockey expert to help us with our programs. We are always in need of good Coaching candidates, but we also need people who have good organizational skills and above all a passion to help and work with children. If you are interested in helping us in any of the many roles we need help with, please contact one of our Executive members to discuss.  For contact information of the Executives, please click on the About Us drop down menu and then click on the Executive & Staff option which will provide you with contact information.

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