U9 (Port Colborne Minor Hockey)

Port Colborne Minor Hockey prides itself on our low registration cost, 

smaller instructional groups, and regular ice times.



Players, parents / spectators will be required to respect Public Health rules and regulations that might be put in place during the season. Should any Covid-19 protocols be re-instated, they will be posted as soon as they are recieved.  

U8  Pathways programming

The practice to game ratio recommended is  2:1 or two practices for every game played.

  1. Effective 2018-19 -  Game play for the U8 age-group will be Half-Ice. 

Game Play Phase or Transition Phase

The approved Hockey Canada policy for Novice hockey permits the introduction of half-ice game after November 1st.  Transition to full ice is after January 15 for U9 players.  
Effective 2019-20 - Game play for the U9 age-group will be Half-Ice during the first half of the season and transition to Full-Ice during the second half of the season.



   - This year the U-9 will be playing games after November 1st.  Exact date TBA.  

   - The team will consist of up to 19 players.  On a half ice,  a max of 9 skaters + 1 goalie per half ice game  
   - One (1) coaches; One (1) trainer  
   - Games will be played on Half ice

   - Regular game times will be Saturday and Sunday morning with practices on a weeknight. 


   - Each child will practice once a week 

   - Practices will usually be on a weeknight at the Vale Health and Wellness Centre. 
   - Games are usually played on Weekends; most likely Saturday for one (1) hour, between 8 am and noon. 

   - Games will be played against other centers from around the Niagara Peninsula.

   - Your child will enjoy approximately (+/-) forty-four (44) hours of ice time over the course of the season.
   - We expect 6 to 9 home modified games,  6 to 9  away modified games,   
       and 30 +  shared practices including pre-season assessments

This program is designed to enhance basic skills such as forward skating, stopping, backward skating, pivots, and puck handling using a variety of on-ice games, station based activities and structured drills. The program will also teach the young players the basic rules of the game, and a code of conduct based on fair play and good sportsmanship. The emphasis is on having FUN while learning. Players are encouraged to try their hand at both offensive and defensive positions.