FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 18, 2019

At its Annual Meeting, the Hockey Canada membership approved a regulation change proposed by the Board of Directors to revise the naming of the minor hockey age divisions used in minor hockey across Canada.

Following the recommendations of a task team, the minor hockey age divisions will become U7, U9, U13 through U21 impacting all minor and female hockey programs under the Hockey Canada umbrella. The change was initiated by Hockey Canada and its 13 provincial and territorial members and will be implemented nationally with their input and support for the 2020 – 2021 season. Junior and Senior teams are not affected by this change.

The new minor hockey divisions are:

Hockey Canada believes hockey is sport for everyone and wants all families to feel welcome. They heard some concerns about an age division name and appointed a task team to review. This change aligns with the Hockey Canada brand in being inclusive for all. This change also aligns with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) age division names and importantly, Hockey Canada believes it makes it simpler for parents to register their kids.

“We believe everyone should feel welcome in the game and in our ongoing effort to make hockey more inclusive, the names of our age divisions will change,” said Michael Brind’Amour, Chair of Hockey Canada Board of Directors. “We have gone through a comprehensive review and believe this change will simplify the system for families who may be new to the game. I look forward to the new age division names being implemented for next season.”

The age divisions for next season are:

For more information on Hockey Canada and its minor hockey programs, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca.