General Registration Information for All Ages
MDHA aims to provide males and females aged 4 to 20 with an opportunity to play hockey in a fun and recreational way by teaching fair play, good sportsmanship, teamwork and the game of hockey.
U7 level players start early/mid-October and typically have one practice Saturday morning and one practice Sunday afternoon with the odd weekend off (league games are not played at this level).
U9 to U11 divisions start early/mid October with evaluations and balancing games. U13-U18 start early October with their evaluations and balancing games and U21 starts early October with a practice (no balancing games). From October to mid-March all divisions play regular season home & away games within the GHA (District 9), ending with Playoffs running from mid to late March. The U21 division plays twenty (20) 1.5 hour long games. Teams generally have one practice time per week and one league game per week. Additional activities such as Tournaments, Exhibition Games, off-ice training, are discussed and decided upon by each team, parents and coaching staff, at the beginning of the season.
The registration process is different for returning players and new players. Players moving from a different association also have different requirements. Please refer to the 2021-2022 Registration Instructions webpage for details
Players are to register by level according to their date of birth. The cut-off date for every level is December 31st of the birth year.
|Level / Division||Age by December 31st||Birth Year|
|U7 (old Initiation)||4, 5 & 6 years old||2015, 2016 & 2017|
|U9 (old Novice)||7 & 8 years old||2013 & 2014|
|U11 (old Atom)||9 & 10 years old||2011 & 2012|
|U13 (old Peewee)||11 & 12 years old||2009 & 2010|
|U15 (old Bantam)||13 & 14 years old||2007 & 2008|
|U18 (old Midget)||15, 16 &17 years old||2004, 2005 & 2006|
|U21 (old Juvenile)||18, 19 & 20 years old||2001, 2002 & 2003|
Multi-Player Family Discount. Families with 3 or more children registered with MDHA receive a 30% discount with the 3rd child and an additional 20% with the 4th child. Discounts will automatically be applied to the lowest fees. In order for the discount to apply the registrations MUST OCCUR IN THE SAME TRANSACTION. * Hockey Canada membership fee is excluded from the discounted fee.
Financial Assistance Program. MDHA has a financial assistance program to assist families with some of the costs to play hockey. For more information, please visit the Financial Assistance Fund page under the Registration tab.
Late Registration: Registrations for returning players occurring after August 15, 2021 will be subject to an additional $25 fee.
New players, transfers, and U21 players are excluded from this fee.
Refund Policy: all refund requests must be made using the MDHA Refund Request Form. There is an administration fee associated with a refund request dependent on the date the MDHA registrar receives the request:
- Prior to Sept 1: Full refund less $50 admin fee
- Sept 1 to Oct 31: Pro-rated refund less $50 admin fee
- Nov 1 and later: no refund will be issued
Exceptions to this refund policy and/or use of credits in lieu of refunds are the discretion of the MDHA Board. Requests for an exception are to be received by writing (email is acceptable) by the MDHA registrar.
Registration Fee Structure
MDHA reviews the budget every season and bases the registration fees for the Initiation Program and House League division on the following costs:
(# of practices)
(Home game ice and officials)
|U7||N/A||√||36 practices||N/A||√||X||2nd week Oct||N/A
- ends late March
|U9||√||skill sessions and balancing games||√||36 practices||√||20 regular season league games (50 minute games)||√||4 sessions||2nd week Oct||Mid March||√|
|U11||√||skill sessions and balancing games||√||36 practices||√||20 regular season league games (50 minute games)||√||4 sessions||2nd week Oct||Mid March||√|
|U13||√||skill sessions and balancing games||√||36 practices||√||20 regular season league games (50 minute games)||√||4 sessions||1st week Oct||Mid March||√|
|U15||√||skill sessions and balancing games||√||36 practices||√||24 regular season league games (50 minute games)||√||X||1st week Oct||Mid March||√|
|U18||√||skill sessions and balancing games||√||16 practices||√||30 regular season league games (50 minute games)||√||X||1st week Oct||Mid March||√|
|U21||√||Balancing (if required)/
|√||1.5 practices||√||20 regular season league games (80 minute games)||√||X||1st week Oct||Mid March||√|
NOTE: practices/games are a guideline only and are subject to change based on availability and unforeseen circumstances