Find out when your child can begin playing minor hockey. Learn about age-appropriate development as players advance to successive age divisions.
Hockey Canada and its 13 members have ratified age division names changes for all levels of minor hockey. The changes create a simpler and more consistent reference for parents registering their children.
The changes taking effect for 2022-23 season registration.
Only the names will change. Actual divisions remain consistent with past seasons. Areas with Major and Minor designations within divisions will continue to do so under the new naming format.
|Year of Birth||Age on Dec. 31, 2022||Age Division|
|2016 and earlier||* 6 or under||Under-7 (U7)|
* The Timbits U7 program is for players under the age of seven as of Dec. 31 of the current playing year (local hockey associations have the option of registering four-year-olds).