Brampton Hockey Programs
Our hockey programming can be divided into 3 main categories:
● Timbits Learn to Play Hockey
Development programs for new and young players
● Recreational House League
Fun hockey open to all participants from ages 7 to 20
● Representative travel teams
Competitive hockey for players aged 9-17 who try out and train to compete with other hockey teams from other areas
Timbits Learn to Play Hockey
Children aged 4-6 years old participate in programs that place an emphasis on learning the building blocks of hockey with a focus on skating and basic puck skills. Beginners will be grouped together in the Timbits Learn to Play Hockey program, while returning players will be grouped with other more advanced players.
Sessions begin in late September/mid-October and continue until mid-March.
Using the Hockey Canada Player Pathways, players will take part in development skates led by Performance Hockey Academy and volunteer coaches on Saturday and Sunday for the first 10 weeks. Following the 10-week skill development phase, players will be placed on equally balanced skill appropriate teams that will practice on Saturdays, and play half ice games on Sundays.
This upcoming year we plan to have extra training sessions for all players that wish to get ready for Representative hockey.
Brampton Hockey is also a regular host of the NHL/NHLPA First Shift program. The First Shift is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families. The program facilitates entry into hockey by offering a program that is ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, SAFE, and most importantly, FUN! The six-week learn to play program focuses on having fun while learning basic skills and full head-to-toe equipment is included with registration. First Shift Players can also continue for an extra 10 week with the Brampton Hockey Winter Session (formerly called Second Shift) from January through to March.
Read more about our Timbits Learn to Play Hockey programs here.
Email [email protected] for more information or to get instructions on registration.
Recreational House League
Brampton Hockey’s Recreational League (also called House League) season runs from late September/mid-October to mid-March, provides players of all skill levels the opportunity to play hockey at a recreational level.
In the first few weeks of the season we assess player abilities. Then we place players on teams, and they play a regular season schedule. Teams practice every week. U9 participants play half-ice until after Christmas break and transition to full-ice. Rec teams also participate in our annual Neville Woolridge tournament during the Christmas break.
For players who want more hockey, Brampton Hockey also offers Select teams in conjunction with our Rec League program at ages where there is sufficient interest. In addition to a player’s house league team, they will also have an additional practice with their select team most weeks and play 2-3 extra games a month. The Select team can also participate in up to three tournaments during the season. Select tryouts take place in the fall after the House League teams have been finalized.
Brampton hockey also provides additional Skills Development for younger players approximately once a month (7-14), while older ages receive extra games instead of practices. Brampton also provides goalie training for those interested in that position.
Competitive teams: Representative Hockey
Representative hockey is where our most competitive and skilled players play. Representative (Rep) players represent Brampton Hockey when they play against kids from other hockey associations who have similar skill levels. This competitive environment helps players develop and hone their athletic ability and their hockey skills.
Rep hockey requires a much greater time and financial commitment from both the player and the parent. Brampton 45’s Rep teams practice 2-3 times a week and usually play 2 games per week, plus 3-5 tournaments in a season. In addition to practices run by the coaching staff, Brampton Hockey Rep teams receive about 10 hours of individual Skills Development by expert instructors.
Brampton Hockey currently has teams at the AA, A, BB, and MD levels from the U10 age division to the U18 age division. Most teams from U14 to U18 play in leagues where body checking is permitted.
Tryouts for Brampton Hockey’s Representative Teams return to the spring for all teams this year. Brampton Hockey will also be conducting pre-tryout Prep Skates to help players prepare for tryouts and be game ready from the first tryout.