The Leitrim Minor Hockey Association (LMHA)’s objectives include helping players learn the game while having fun. Minor hockey builds character and fosters community spirit and service through healthy recreation. Participating in organized practices, games and activities helps our Hawks players develop their hockey skills and instills the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and fair play.
LMHA together with the minor hockey associations of Blackburn, Gloucester Centre, Orleans, Metcalfe, and Russell make up the Gloucester Hockey Association (GHA) district. Divisions are organized by age and within each division, players are sorted into tiers.
How does my player get on a team?
Our house league sort-out process begins after Labour Day in September and is managed at each division by a Convenor. Your Convenor will communicate ice times and be your main contact until teams are formed. The purpose of sorting is to assess the players’ skill level through drills and/or scrimmages and to group the players into tiers. This process is different from competitive tryouts. In house league there is a place for every child who wants to play. Forming balanced teams with like-skilled players leads to the best opportunities for development and encourages a fun and positive experience for everyone.
How often will we play?
Teams will generally have one practice and one game per week on average. The practice schedule is set by the LMHA and all teams will have weeknight (after 5:00 pm) or weekend practices every week. The GHA sets the game schedule for the season and it usually begins in early October. Games will be played against other teams in the same tier at rinks across the GHA. Game days and times will vary including weeknights. However, or U9 to U15, games are typically held on weekends. U18 and U21 regularly play on weeknights.
Are there extra costs for tournaments?
In addition to registration fees and equipment, families are responsible for team fees. Team fees can vary up to a maximum of $300 at house league. These fees will support tournament registration and any other development, exhibition, and social activities the teams want to do. Teams can fundraise to reduce team fees or to increase budgets for team activities. All budgets are managed at the team level, require approval by team parents, and are overseen by the Board.
Some teams elect to participate in out-of-town tournaments. Travel and accommodation costs are not included in team fees.