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:

Level / 
Division
Evaluation
Expenses
Practice Ice

(# of practices)

League Fees
(Home game ice and officials)
Insurance
(Players &
team staff)
Development
Clinics
Season Starts Playoff
Begins
Admin
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)/
exhibition game
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