Full-ice pilot project
The Hockey Alberta full-ice pilot project for U-9 is running from Feb. 1 to March 31, 2024. The pilot project focuses on the adoption of Hockey Canada’s End of Season Phase, allowing teams the option to play five-on-five full-ice hockey from Feb. 1 to March 30 each season.
The pilot project is based on the recognition that players are missing game-play skills and tactics when they transition from U-9 to U-11. The pilot allows players to have more success when entering U-11, allowing more enjoyment of the game.
How does this impact league play?
This DOES NOT impact scheduled league play. The remaining U-9 games this season will continue to be half-ice. If a team chooses, they can acquire ice, officials and arrange an exhibition game with another team that is played on full-ice. The process for requesting permits for exhibition games will remain the same and is described on Hockey Edmonton’s website.
- The full announcement is available on Hockey Alberta’s website.
- Learn more about how this pilot aligns with Hockey Canada and Hockey Alberta programming.
Questions about the pilot can be directed to SWAT U-9 Category Director, Mark, at email@example.com.