Brampton Hockey’s Recreational League has divisions from U10 (Minor Atom) to U21 (Juvenile) and the League provides the youth of Brampton an opportunity to play hockey at the recreational level.
The Brampton Hockey Recreational League season runs from early October to mid March and consists of an exhibition schedule, a regular season schedule and a round robin playoff schedule. At the conclusion of the playoff schedule the top two teams in each age division (U11 - Atom to U21 - Juvenile) advance to the Brampton Hockey Weekend of Champions which is held at the end of March or in early April depending upon the calendar. The entire season consists of approximately 24 weeks.
All teams in Brampton Hockey’s Recreational League also participate in the Neville Woolridge Tournament that is held during the Christmas Holidays. All teams play a minimum of 3 games over the course of the tournament and the third and final day features semi final and final action. The tournament is one of the largest in-house tournaments (tournament hosting teams within that specific organization) in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.
Teams from U10 (Minor Atom) to U15 (Bantam) are provided with practice ice each week. Depending upon the division this could be a half sheet of ice every week or a full sheet of ice every second week.
Players do not tryout for the Recreational League. Teams are formed at the start of the season for a 3 game exhibition schedule. Following the exhibition games “draft nights” are held where the coaches select their teams. All players will be selected to a team.
Brampton Hockey Inc. does not accept special requests to play for coaches or with friends. Our focus is team balancing, in an attempt to ensure every player in the association has a fair and equitable season.
During all games the policy of fair ice time is followed by the coaches. What this means is that all players will receive a fair amount of ice time during the game. This policy allows all players, regardless of skill level, to be able to enjoy the opportunity to play the game.
The success of the Recreational League (as it is with all of Brampton Hockey’s programs) is based on the participation of volunteers. At the Representative and Select levels, coaches apply for a coaching position and go through a coach selection process. At the Recreational League level a similar process is followed but the Recreational League Committee is always faced with the task of finding coaches late in the summer to ensure that all teams have a coach. If your child will be playing in the Recreational League, please keep this in mind so that the opportunity for the youth of Brampton to play hockey can be continued by Brampton Hockey Inc.
For coaching applications:
Recreational League Coaching Application 2022/2023
The U9 (Novice) division follows in progression the Initiation Program and provides participants the opportunity to play hockey at the recreational level. The season runs from early October to mid-March. The first few weeks of the season for U8 (Minor Novice) and U9 (Novice) divisions are used to assess player abilities. Following the assessment period, players are placed on teams and they will play a regular season schedule. The regular season schedule runs up until the weekend prior to the BHI Day of Champions and all teams will play one final game at the Day of Champions. Teams are provided with practice ice every week where two teams share a sheet of ice. For games, teams play 10 minute periods with a two minute buzzer to facilitate line changes. U9 (Novice) play half-ice until after Christmas break and transition to full-ice. U8 (Minor Novice) play half-ice all season.
All teams in Brampton Hockey’s Recreational League also participate in the Neville Woolridge Tournament that is held during the Christmas Holidays (December 27 – 29). Teams play a minimum of 3 games over the course of the tournament. Semi-final and final action takes place in the later part of the tournament. The tournament is one of the largest in house tournaments in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association.
U9 & Below Learn to Play Love to Play
U9 Canadian Player Pathway