Nepean Minor Hockey Association

House League News



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Registration Update

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.

Hockey Canada cancels all camps, programs through Sept. 1

Hockey Canada cancels all camps, programs through Sept. 1

Hockey Canada made the decision to CANCEL the 2019-20 season

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 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.

HEO--COVID-19--Lastest News

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 Announces Changes in Division Names

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.

Current Name

Age as of December 31

New Name

Initiation Program

6 years old and under

Under-7 (U7)


8 years old and under

Under-9 (U9)


10 years old and under

Under-11 (U11)


12 years old and under

Under-13 (U13)


14 years old and under

Under-15 (U15)


17 years old and under

Under-18 (U18)


20 years old and under*

Under-21 (U21)

*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.

Peewee C Team B- Wins Champions

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!

Atom A, Nepean Attack- Wins Gold

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!

Atom A Team B-Black Knights- Wins Cougar Cup

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!

Tony Ricciuti- Wins Faces Ottawa Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Tony Ricciuti, Faces Ottawa Coach of the Year! Tony is an amazing coach & volunteer for both the NMHA & the NGHA - Nepean Wildcats

Nepean Bantam A Knights- Wins Gold at CAL Roster Select Tournament

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!

Peewee B Team K Kamikazes- Wins Second at CAL Kingston Causeway Classic

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.

Bantam C Avalanche- Wins Silver

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.

Peewee C team B ( BARRACUDAS)-Wins 2nd Place

Our team made it to the finals for the Cumberland Dukes Showdown. We finished 2nd place.

Midget A Team G (Nepean Goons)- Wins Gold

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.

ATOM C TEAM A (Team Awesome) – 2nd Place in Orleans Atom 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

NMHA is pleased to introduce Tony Iob, the New HL Coach Mentor.

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

ATOM A (Angry Avocados) Plays Winter Classic against Ottawa East

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 Win Radford Blue and Gold tourney

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.

NOVICE B-TEAM C-Winning the Novice Division 1 Championship

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!

ATOM A - TEAM DESTROYERS- Wins Second Gold Medal

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!!!

ATOM A - TEAM DESTROYERS - Winners at the Autumn Classic Tournament-Lindsay On

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 2018 AGM Awards- House League

The NMHA would like to congratulate the following volunteers on the awards they received at this years 2018 AGM.

House League

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

New Repeat-Penalty Rule for House League

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

Link to new policy: Repeat Penalty Rule (3 infractions)

New House League Policies

The NMHA has updated the house league policies with additional new policies.

Go to House League policies page now to review these new policies.

Rogers Hometown Hockey Parade of Champions

This is what's happening during the day for Saturday and Sunday

Saturday Site Schedule

Sunday Site Schedule

Parade of Champions -

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

Click on Map

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!


If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact
Jessica Wyant - (416) 988-3911

Hometown Hockey is looking for volunteers!

This is what's happening during the day for Saturday and Sunday

Saturday Site Schedule

Sunday Site Schedule

Hometown Hockey is looking for volunteers!

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 with your available times. You will then be contacted by the on site organizers.


Volunteer Descriptions

 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


50/50 –

•                     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

2018 House League Sort Outs

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.

Thank you,
Helen Crawford
Vice President, House League.



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Round Robin Format - House League

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)

  1. Team with most round-robin wins overall;
  2. Winner of Head to Head (applicable if only two teams are tied; If three teams are tied it will be the team with the best point record in round robin games among the tied teams only)
  3. Team with best Goal Differential in Round Robin play: goals for (GF) divided by goals for (GF) plus goals against (GA)
  4. Team with most goals for (GF) in round robin play;
  5. Team with least goals against (GA) in round robin play;
  6. A single coin toss

NMHA House League Eliminates Bodychecking

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:

  1. Lack of interest by NMHA members: Unlike prior years, in 2011-2012, in Bantam and Midget, it was very difficult to find enough players for bodychecking teams. Some of these teams fell to 11 or 12 skaters on their roster. With the amount of ice available, all House teams must have at least 15 skaters per team. By contrast, the non-bodychecking divisions at these age levels were overfull.
  2. Lack of House bodychecking programs within the HEO Minor: Only two Districts out of 10 maintain bodychecking at House and there is a motion under consideration in one of them to remove all bodychecking divisions in their House League. On top of that, Kanata has eliminated bodychecking, so the interlock agreement with them must not include any of our bodychecking divisions.
  3. Removal of House bodychecking outside of the HEO Minor: The OHF, with almost half of the hockey players in Canada, banned bodychecking in all of their House Leagues, affecting nearly 200,000 players.
  4. Lack of bodychecking tournaments: These tournaments have been hard to find, due to the changes noted above. Within the HEO Minor, a number of tournaments switched from bodychecking to non-bodychecking during the season, due to lack of interest.

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.

Helmet Regulation

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.

NMHA House League Program

Bodychecking Information Sheet

Manager's Manual

House League Mentoring Staff

Coach Mentor:

Goalie Mentor:
Ken Lothian

Suspension Reporting

NMHA Officials Compliment/Complaint Form

NMHA New Officials Application Form 2018-2019

Affiliation Request

Respect in Sport - Parent Program

Gender Identity and Expression Course

Available Ice