This 12-week session will run similar to the fall session.
Summary (FULL DETAILS BELOW)
->2x50 minute ice times a week for U9 to U18 (are we offering once per week for U18). U7 will be offered 1 development session per week plus a mini game every other week.
->Skills, drills and light scrimmages will be the on-ice activities.
->No physical contact between players; proper distances must be maintained even on the bench and in scrimmage play.
->Players are assigned to a “bubble”. We will attempt to assign based on their previous level (last season) from AA to House C, however, registration numbers may dictate assignment to another bubble. No sort-outs or tryouts. For those registered in the fall session – your teams and bubbles will very likely change.
Should the Province and/or Ottawa Public Health (OPH) place us into restrictive mode, each team will drop to one ice time per week (there will be no credit for the reduction in ice time). U7 and U18 (once a week programs) will move to every other week. Please read the complete refund policy below before registering.
Registration is now open.
How to Register: https://registration.hockeycanada.ca/registration/?ID=1608.
As the office remains closed, we can only accept online registrations. We will be offering an installment plan.
Because of the reduced number of ice pads in the City of Ottawa and because of the potential of restrictive mode being implemented, NMHA reserves the right to close registration at any time and start a waitlist. Registration is on a first-come first-serve basis.
->50% of the registration will be reimbursed if you withdraw before January 9thth 2021
->25% of the registration will be reimbursed if you withdraw between Jan 9thth and January 31st, 2021
->No refund or credit will be provided for all withdrawals after Jan 31st.
Confirmed or suspected case in your bubble or self-isolating:
No credit or refund will be issued if your hockey bubble must self isolate because of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19. Nor will there be a refund or credit if your player is self-isolating because of close contact exposure outside of hockey.
Province/OPH shuts down hockey:
In the event the session does not start or the session is cut short because of provincial regulations; refunds or credits will be determined after the financial obligations of the association have been met.
Should we go into restrictive mode, (previous modified stage 2 with max. 10 people on ice, including coaches), where we offer once a week ice time per team (once every two weeks for once a week programs); there will be no option to opt-out. Should you choose to withdraw our standard refund policy will be in effect.
Details of the Program:
We will be offering the following program.
->2x50 minute ice times a week (an added 1 session per week program will be offered for both U7 (Initiation} and U18 (Midget) players only).
->Skills, drills and light scrimmages will be the on-ice activities.
->Players must arrive fully dressed. Dressing rooms can be used only for tying skates.
->It is mandatory that all individuals wear a mask in public places of the facility including the bench area. While recommended, a mask is not required when on the ice for players. Masks are required on-ice for coaches and parent volunteers.
->Jerseys and socks will not be provided for this program. Players will be asked to have a white (light) and dark (black) practice jersey for scrimmaging. These can be obtained from our NMHA vendors at a reasonable cost.
->No physical contact between players; proper distances must be maintained even on the bench and in scrimmage play.
->Maximum 40 skaters per “bubble” (allows for 4x10 member teams for some variety in scrimmages and filling in for vacancies, particularly with goaltenders).
->Program starts in January ends at the end of March/first few days of April. ->Players are assigned to a “bubble”. We will attempt to assign based on their previous level (last season) from AA to House C, however, registration numbers may dictate assignment to another bubble. No sort-outs or tryouts. For those registered in the fall session – your teams and bubbles will very likely change.
->Maximum 2 coaches and 1 trainer will be assigned to a “bubble” for all levels other than U7.
->Parent volunteers may be assigned to a “bubble” for dressing room security etc.
->No player/coach/parent movement between bubbles can occur (e.g., no coaching/volunteering for two teams at different levels, no affiliation).
Health and Security Protocols
->The NMHA and all members must follow all the health protocols mandated by the Ontario Government, Ottawa Public Health, and the City of Ottawa at all times with no exceptions.
->Players/coaches/volunteers/parents will be required to submit to a wellness questionnaire prior to entering the facility before each session.
->Should the NMHA become aware of a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 we will follow direction from OPH and may have to shut down teams/bubbles if required.
In light of the changes made to the COVID-19 guidelines announced by the province earlier this week, the NMHA Board has met to work out the detaIn light of the changes made to the COVID-19 guidelines announced by the province earlier this week, the NMHA Board has met to work out the details of our return to play. We will be back on the ice Nov 7th, the schedule has been posted to Nov 15th.
The following changes mandated by the City that impact our program are:
1. 25 participants on the ice (including coaches, trainers)
2. Dressing rooms will be open again but subjected to room occupancy restrictions
3. As of November 7th, a ratio of 1:1 participant to parent/guardian will be permitted in the arena for the supervision of children, to a maximum of 25 per booking. No spectators will be permitted with the exception of this 1:1 parent/guardian.
Please note, we have been advised that these regulations are subject to change with limited notice.
In light of these changes, NMHA will be doing the following
1. Reverting back to the original teams and schedule - some restructuring will be needed for those teams that have more than 10 players on them to meet the 25 participants (including coaches) restriction
2. The schedule will pick up where we left off at the pause and teams can expect to be back on the ice on Saturday and we will run as scheduled until the end of December.
3. Scrimmages and modified games will now be permitted
4. We will be crediting players for the missed ice times during the pause - more information will be coming shortly.
5. A parent or guardian may accompany their player into the facility on a 1:1 ratio. NO ADDITIONAL family members will be permitted (ie younger siblings etc)
6. Any member who submitted their intention to withdraw if we remained at Stage 2 restrictions will be void as we are now reverting back to a Stage 3 type format
7. Should you still wish to withdraw your player, the original refund policy will apply (as per the email sent Oct 31st) that was in effect prior to the pause - that will mean a 25% refund.
An email regarding arena guidelines will be sent shortly
We appreciate your patience as we work through these changes. We will keep you informed of changes as we receive them.
Nepean Minor Hockey Association
In light of the updated COVID regulations imposed October 14, 2020, by the Province of Ontario and City of Ottawa, limiting the number of participants permitted in facilities and on the ice https://ottawa.ca/en/recreation-and-parks/recreation-facilities/arenas, the NMHA Board of Directors made the difficult decision to pause our development program until we could safely return to hockey.
The NMHA Board has met frequently and has developed an alternate program that will allow our members to get back on the ice and that fits within the restrictions mentioned above. Our goal from the beginning of this unique season was to offer players the opportunity to return to hockey in a safe environment and enjoy the sport about which we are all passionate. This principle guided the development of this new program.
If we do not go back to Stage 3 by November 7th, our new program will impact our hockey scheduling as follows:
In light of these adjustments we are offering our membership one of two options:
Please submit your intentions to withdraw to email@example.com and your refund/credit will be processed after November 7th pending the Provincial announcement.
We hope that everyone will be patient and understanding as we navigate through this process until we resume regular programming once the restrictions are lifted.
Today, the NMHA received more details on the Province of Ontario’s modified stage-two restrictions being imposed on the City of Ottawa.
Regrettably, these restrictions make it unsustainable for the association to continue its programming.
As such, effective 12:01 am Thursday October 15, the NMHA is pausing all of its programming for the duration of the emergency order that was issued last week by the Province. If and when programming resumes, we anticipate the current format will continue where we left off.
As this is an on-going development, the Board needs time to assess the financial impact and will provide further communication about this topic at a later date.
We know this is very disheartening news for many of our members and kindly ask for your patience and understanding as we actively navigate the next steps. We look forward to welcoming the players back on the ice as soon as it is safe and feasible.
City or Ottawa restrictions: https://ottawa.ca/en/news/city-further-clarifies-provincial-restrictions-impact-recreation-activities-and-rentals
The NMHA Board has passed a motion which now mandates all coaching and bench staff to wear masks while on the ice. As such, coaching, bench staff and all volunteers are required to properly wear masks from the time of arrival at the arena outside entrance to the time of leaving the arena (i.e. the parking lot). Failure to comply may result in disciplinary measures.
Ladies and Gentlemen
By now most of you will have heard on Saturday, the GTHL announced a postponement of sanctioned activities until January 2021. This decision was a local one based on the circumstances present in their area of operations.
Understandably, many of you are asking if HEO will be following their lead and making a similar announcement. At this time, our plan is to continue to follow the process that we have communicated through our Return to Hockey plan. Stated plainly, HEO has no plans at this time to postpone operations.
Throughout the past several weeks, we have remained in close contact with the four public health units within HEO territory and, along with the HEO Chief Medical Officer Dr. Kristian Goulet, continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely. We understand that the recent increase in cases is concerning and we may need to adjust our approach if the situation continues to worsen.
Our commitment to you is to keep you apprised of any changes and ensure you are notified prior to a broader communication.
President - Hockey Eastern Ontario
2020-2021 Hockey Schedule is Live
We are still operating under the Government of Ontario’s Declaration Emergency which has been extended until July 15. All NMHA ice contracts with the City have been cancelled until August 31. However, the City has informed us that they will be opening a limited number of facilities in July with the condition that there are only 10 individuals using the ice at any one time. We will not be purchasing any of this ice. The NMHA office will remain closed until Walter Baker is open to the public. Upgrades to the office will probably be required for the safety of our volunteers. As a result, we continue to delay online registration for 2020-2021 until we have a better idea of the nature of the programs that the local heath authorities and Hockey Canada will allow us to offer next season. Additionally, we are working with HEO on establishing a return to play program. You will be notified once online registration is available.
With respect to the COVID-19 Pandemic HEO wants to make sure that we communicate with our members on what we have learned in the last 48 hours.
As reported the Hockey Canada Board of Directors, with the support of the 13 members across Canada made a decision to cancel the 2019-20 season.
Further to this decision HEO would like to clarify that this cancellation may extend beyond the 2019-20 season and it will be up to the Hockey Canada Board to decide when sanctioned hockey activities resume. Below is a link of Hockey Canada CEO Tom Renney speaking on Hockey Canada’s decision of cancelling the hockey season.
The activities that are cancelled include all games, playoffs, try-outs, practices, camps, team activities including banquets and team parties, programs, Provincial, Regional, National Championships and any type of board, team, committee meeting as well as AGM’s until further notice. HEO will be required to sanction anyone who does not comply with the Hockey Canada decision.
We realize that this situation is unprecedented so HEO will continue to monitor and remain available to deal with any questions and issues that arise. If you have questions please direct them to firstname.lastname@example.org and your enquiries will be responded to as quickly as possible. We will keep our members apprised of any new information as it comes forward.
We appreciate everyone’s patience and assistance these past few days and although the decision to cancel the season came upon us very quickly, we are very happy to see the hockey community support the decision for the health and well-being of our membership.
Please note that the HEO offices will be closed for the next two weeks and will evaluate later to see if there is a need to extend. The staff will be working from home but will be available by email or a message on the office phone. Please do not hesitate to contact the HEO staff if you require any assistance.
With respect to the COVID-19 Pandemic and looking after the safety of our participants please note that until further notice and EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY all HOCKEY GAMES, PRACTICES and HOCKEY ACTIVITIES are CANCELLED.
Hockey Canada has announced changes in the names of hockey age divisions commencing in the 2020-2021 season.
This change aligns with the Hockey Canada brand in being inclusive for all. This change also aligns with International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) age division names. And importantly, we believe that it makes it simpler for parents to register their kids.
Age as of December 31
6 years old and under
8 years old and under
10 years old and under
12 years old and under
14 years old and under
17 years old and under
20 years old and under*
*HEO permits a limited number of U22 players to play in the U21 Division.
In competitive hockey, where Major and Minor are currently used, the name of the age division will become the age, for example: Minor Peewee will become U12 and Major Peewee will become U13.
We will be updating the on-line registration system and our forms to accommodate this change prior to opening registration for 2020-2021.
The Peewee C Team B wins the 16th Annual Capital House League Championship. Great effort from the boys
The boys fought valiantly and came from behind in every game to win the tournament! People were saying we shouldn't have been there, but they showed everyone that they were wrong! Super proud of these young superstars! Go Barracudas!
Facing a previously undefeated first place team, the Atom A, Nepean Attack battled from the very first whistle to take the Richmond Hills Stars Roster Select tournament with a 7-2 win in the gold medal game. The Attack were all-in from the start of the tournament supported by an incredible group of parents and siblings and drawing some extra inspiration from the courage of Stuntman Stu. Congratulations to this incredibly hard-working and determined team!
Congratulations to the Atom A Team B Nepean Black Knights for winning the Cougar Cup by a score of 3-2 in an absolutely THRILLING 14 round shootout with a shootout total tally of 1-0. A never give up attitude and the willingness to work hard paid off in a huge way! Congrats boys!
Congratulations to Tony Ricciuti, Faces Ottawa Coach of the Year! Tony is an amazing coach & volunteer for both the NMHA & the NGHA - Nepean Wildcats
Armed with will and determination, the Nepean Bantam A Knights captured gold at the 2019 CAL Roster Select Tournament in Kingston, Dec 13-15. Despite fierce competition, the team battled their way to victory. Special thanks to the players and coaching staff for an exciting and action packed weekend!
Congratulations to Peewee B Team K ("Kamikazes") who took second place in the Peewee B finals at the CAL Kingston Causeway Classic on Dec. 27-28th. The team won 3 of 4 round robin games and pushed for a win in the Peewee B finals which, despite their efforts, ended with a double overtime loss to the Storrington Stingers. Congratulations to the players and coaches for all their hard work, perseverance and success during the tournament.
Nepean House league Bantam C Avalanche wins Silver in the Sensplex Holiday House League.(Dec 13 - Dec 15, 2019)
With great determination, effort and teamwork, these boys won the silver medals at the Holiday House League tournament. What stood out more than their tenacity was their sportsmanship.
Our team made it to the finals for the Cumberland Dukes Showdown. We finished 2nd place.
Congratulations to the “Nepean Goons” Midget A team who captured Gold at the West Carleton Warriors Weekend Tournament Nov 15-17th. It was a great effort from start to finish by the entire roster. Congratulations to the players and coaches for a great tournament.
On the weekend of November 7-10th, Team Awesome participated in the Orleans Atom Tournament. The players won their first two games to qualify to the Atom C Finals. Unfortunately, they lost in the final to the Canterbury Battle Cats C1. The players played hard and had a lot of fun along the way. Congratulations to the Hustlers of the Game: Gavin Hatton, Colin Kindellan, Ethan Wang and Chase Walsh-Guthrie. The players would like to say a big thank you to their coaching staff: John Pinke, Darryl Murray, Shelby Guthrie and Ryan McLellan
The NMHA is pleased to introduce Tony Iob, the new HL Coach Mentor.
Tony brings a wealth of experience as a player and a coach. He played in the OHL for 4 years, was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres, played in the American Hockey League and then headed to Europe to play where he competed in the 2006 Winter Olympic Games as well as 6 World Championships.
Tony began his coaching career in Europe and then returned to Canada in 2009 to continue coaching at various levels. Tony will be concentrating on on-ice support for coaches as well as off ice support including assisting with practice plans, skill development and hosting regular coach meetings.
We welcome Tony to the House League team. He can be reached at email@example.com
On a cold and sunny Saturday morning at Jules Morin Park, a Sens Foundation outdoor rink in Lowertown, Ottawa East Minor Hockey Association’s coach Patrick Vezina’s and his Atom A “Timbit Sharks” hosted Nepean’s “Angry Avocados”
An enjoyable morning where players, coaches and fans enjoyed fun, friendships, Canadian heritage and hockey...and a 4-1 win by the Angry Avocados.
ATOM A TEAM "Chompers" were fortunate to win the EMPIRE STATE CUP in Rochester, New York JAN 19-21.
The players battled back from a game 1 loss and beat teams from Long Island, Detroit, New Jersey, and Rochester to win the championship. The coaches and parents are proud of the efforts of all the players.
Peewee B Team H Hurricanes won the cup at the Bradford Blue and Gold tourney this weekend in triple overtime with a score of 1-0! Lead by coach Scott Murray the team played 5 games to take the title.
Congratulations Novice B Team C(Cobras) for winning the Novice Division 1 Championship at the Mississauga Heartland Dragons Tournament of Champions.
The players played their hearts out in a very strong tightly fought division. Winning their last 3 straight games limiting the other teams to 1 goal, getting two shutout victories. Coaches and parents are very proud!
It’s a second gold medal for Atom A – Team Destroyers!!
This amazing group of talented kids dug deep to win their second tournament of year, beating Osgoode-Rideau in the final to win the Perth-Lanark Atom A Tournament. Congrats to Team Destroyers – they continue to make their coaches and parents proud! A HUGE thank-you to the coaching staff and to all of the parents for making this possible.
The team faced stiff competition over the weekend. They tied their first game against Cumberland which they faced again in the finals with a 3-2 win. This group of young men represented NMHA with great sportsmanship and amazing team spirit!
A huge shoutout to the incredible Coaching Staff and parents for making this weekend such a success. GO DEVILS GO!!!
The team went undefeated in the tournament and won against Dorchester Dragons in the Finals 4-3! Players gave it their all and our goalie played exceptionally well.
Coach: Marcel Legault, Assist Coaches: Nuno Bellem, Stuart Ginn, Derek Smolkin, Trainer: Rob McConnell, Manager: Kim Bellem
The NMHA would like to congratulate the following volunteers on the awards they received at this years 2018 AGM.
A Coach of the Year - Pat Crawford
B Coach of the Year - Jason Lehman
C Coach of the Year - Kevin Smith
Manager of the Year - Steve Brown
Trainer of the Year - Steve Laflamme
Midget B Goalie - Matthew Billyard
Volunteer of the Year - Darcy Bronson
Effective January 6th 2018, the NMHA will be piloting a new policy at the House League Bantam and Midget Levels of hockey. This policy does not apply to the Competitive program.
The full policy is posted under House League polices, but in Summary the policy states that any player who receives three minor infraction incidents during a game will be ejected for the remainder of the game upon receiving their third penalty.
Please read the full policy for a list of all infractions and considerations.
This policy is meant to act as a deterrent for players who are receiving multiple penalties and to hold them accountable for their on-ice behaviour . It also provides coaches with a tool to calm repeated and escalating tensions on the ice. Multiple associations within HEO Minor have implemented this rule with great success, including the entire Bytown District.
This pilot will be in effect for the remainder of the season including playoffs, semi-final and final games, and will then be evaluated at the end of the season by the board.
Any questions, comments or concerns can be directed to VP House League, Helen Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org
Link to new policy: Repeat Penalty Rule (3 infractions)
The NMHA has updated the house league policies with additional new policies.
Go to House League policies page now to review these new policies.
Nepean- Sunday November 4th @ 5:45 PM
Festival Location: Algonquin College – 1385 Woodroffe Ave, Ottawa, ON
(Lot 8 in front of Student Commons / E Building
Parade Meeting Location: The yellow star
Parade Ending Point: The red star in front of Mobile Studio
Time to meet for parade: Sunday November 4th @ 5:45 PM @ Designated spot on photo
Parade: The parade will begin at 6:00PM. Teams will be filmed marching through the festival site and towards the Sportsnet Mobile Studio. Our Hometown Team will lead the parade route. The parade will take place right before the Rogers Hometown Hockey Pre-Game Broadcast with Ron MacLean and Tara Slone live on Sportsnet. Please show your team spirit by wearing your team jersey and making signs!
Hometown Hockey is coming to Nepean Nov 3 & 4th! They are looking for volunteers to help with various activities. In return, we are running 50/50 draws and collecting donations from popcorn giveaways to help the NMHA purchase new jerseys for our kids! What a fantastic opportunity! Below are the times and jobs that need volunteers. Please everyone lets show them how amazing our hockey spirit is and sign up today!
Please email email@example.com with your available times. You will then be contacted by the on site organizers.
Clean Up Crew –
• o Assist with maintaining and cleaning the festival grounds throughout Saturday & Sunday of festival hours
• o Pick up any garbage on site, change garbage bins, etc.
• o Hometown team will provide garbage bags and gloves
Shifts are Saturday 12-3 and 3-6 Sunday 1-4, 4-7 and 7-10 (if a team signs up for this 7-10 shift they will receive a 250$ honorarium from Hometown Hockey)
Popcorn Crew –
• o Assist with handing out popcorn to consumers in the Rogers Fan Hub
• o All donations from consumers buying popcorn will go directly towards the MHA – we think it is a great idea to have a few kids in their jerseys handing out popcorn to be the face of Minor Hockey and get everybody excited to celebrate Minor Hockey
Shifts are Saturday 1130-3, 230-6. Sunday 1130-3, 3-6,and 6-10
• o *Volunteers helping with 50/50 must be 18 years or older to handle money and sell 50/50 tickets*
• o These volunteers will assist with roaming around the festival grounds promoting 50/50 and again celebrating Minor Hockey as some of the proceeds go towards the MHA
• o We encourage kids to still help with the 50/50 they can help roam and promote the 50/50 by telling consumers about it but not handling any of the equipment or money
Shifts are Saturday 1130-3 and 230-6. Sunday 1130-3, and 230-6
We hope that everyone managed through the weekend without any damage to their homes and that you are all safe.
First, We apologize to any family who showed up at an arena for House League sort outs, only to find the rinks were closed. We did our best to update everyone via our social media channels, however we did not have the capacity to send out mass emails. Directors did their best to notify as many as they could, but we realized reaching everyone was not possible. For future reference, please be sure you are following us on social media Facebook: @NMHAHockey and Twitter @NepeanHockey, for any news, announcements etc.
Secondly, We do not have the ability to reschedule missed sort out ice time, so we will be forming teams based on the information we already have from previous sort outs. We will be looking closely during the balancing process to ensure that everyone is placed accordingly and will make any necessary movements during this process. We ask for your patience during this time as we work to ensuring fair and balanced teams for everyone.
Vice President, House League.
NMHA USED EQUIPMENT SALE IS SUNDAY AUGUST 19, 2018
DROP OFF EQUIPMENT 7 AM TO 10 AM DAY OF SALE
ALL EQUIPMENT DROP OFFS MUST INCLUDE THE TAG SHEET
SALE FROM 10:30 TO 12:30 PM
EQUIPMENT OR MONEY PICK UP FROM 2- 4 PM ONLY
ANY EQUIPMENT OR MONEY NOT PICKED UP BY 4PM WILL BE DONATED NO EXCEPTIONS.Equipment Form
NMHA USED EQUIPMENT SALE IS SUNDAY SUNDAY AUGUST 11, 2019
LOCATED IN THE WALTER BAKER CAFETERIA
DROP OFF EQUIPMENT 7 AM TO 10 AM DAY OF SALE
- ALL EQUIPMENT DROP OFFS MUST INCLUDE THE TAG SHEET
- SALE FROM 10:30 TO 12:30 PM
- EQUIPMENT OR MONEY PICK UP FROM 2- 3 PM ONLY
ANY EQUIPMENT OR MONEY NOT PICKED UP BY 3PM WILL BE DONATED NO EXCEPTIONS.TAG SHEET
The top four teams from the round robin playoff games will advance to the semi finals. In the case where teams are tied in points, the tie is broken and position determined by the following rules: Round Robin Tie Breaker:
Tie Breaker Policy
If two or more teams are tied in points at the conclusion of the round robin, ties will be broken in the following order of precedence: (once a tiebreaker has been applied it will not be revisited)
The NMHA Board of Directors passed a motion to eliminate bodychecking from all House Divisions, effective the 2012-2013 season.
The Board did so for the following reasons:
The NMHA has tried different configurations of bodychecking divisions with little success over the past 5 years. These included A divisions only, A and B divisions, and split A and B divisions. This has been very difficult and stressful for our volunteers, making it all that much harder to find convenors and directors. It was time to make a decision and establish some stability in our Bantam and Midget House divisions.
It is the unquestioned right of any member to bring a motion to the floor of the AGM to change our rules and regulations. It is also important that the NMHA Board ensures that decisions on any motion are well-informed.
The HEO Minor, our Branch governing body, adopted Regulation 13 in 1999 for all people on ice during practice.
Approved helmets are mandatory!
Coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, managers, and any parent volunteers must wear a CSA-approved hockey helmet and it must be fastened correctly. There are no exceptions to this rule.
House League Mentoring Staff