Hockey Canada Pathways
U7 hockey will be delivered through a progressive, learn-to-play teaching curriculum. Children learn best through practice drills and skill sessions, as well as informal games like shinny, freeze tag and obstacle courses. The skills of skating, puck control, passing and shooting are introduced and refined one step at a time. The focus always on fun and skill development.
The program consists of two levels of instruction, designed specifically for young hockey players. Each level consists of a series of practice plans (lesson plans) that follow a defined path of progressions. The skills of skating, puck control, passing and shooting are introduced and refined in a progressive ‘one step at a time’ manner.
(beginning September 2021)
Development is at the core of U11 hockey, with the focus on refining skills so players will experience success in practices and games. Looking at how players learn, and the number of repetitions of specific skills and situations that occur in practice versus a game, practice is where players have a chance to develop the most.