York Region Ice Hockey

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Goalie minding the crease

Hockey is officially Canada's winter sport and the source of many national heroes over the years. Almost every little town has a hockey arena, and every neighborhood a rink. The game is played on an ice rink by players wearing hockey skates. Each team plays with 6 players at a time (5 skaters plus a goalie). To score a point, one team needs to shoot a flat & round black rubber "puck" past the opposing team's goalie, into their net. Hockey is a fast-paced team sport that requires skill, strength and endurance.

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For recreational hockey, all you need are a stick, skates and warm clothing (and a puck). Competitive hockey is played fast and can be dangerous, so full equipment and padding is required for organized league play. Each player needs (in addition to the above): helmet with a face mask, neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, jersey, suspenders, padded hickey pants, hockey gloves, protective sports cup, shin pads, and hockey socks. A Goalie requires specialized versions of the skates, stick, and protective equipment.

Almost any sports or department stores will carry hockey equipment. Take the time to ensure that your gear fits right and offers enough protection. For rapidly-growing youths, you may wish to consider quality used equipment. Most minor hockey associations have a used equipment swap at the start of each hockey season.

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Ice Rinks and Arenas | Maps of arenas

You can catch exciting Jr "A" hockey with either the:

  • Aurora Tigers Junior A Hockey Club Ray (905-841-3627) play at the Twinney Recreation Complex (schedule)
  • Markham Waxers Junior A Hockey Club (905-294-2699) play at the Markham Centennial Centre (8600 McCowan Rd.) (schedule)
  • Newmarket Hurricanes Junior A Hockey Club (905-953-5301) play at the Ray Twinney Recreation Complex (schedule)
  • Stouffville Spirit Junior A Hockey Club (905-717-3715) play at the Stouffville Arena (schedule)
  • Vaughan Vipers Junior A Hockey Club (905-856-0097) play at the Al Palladini Community Centre in Woodbridge (schedule)

These Junior A teams play nearby competitors in Toronto, Oshawa and Hamilton, as well as teams further afield.

Hockey can be played on either indoor or outdoor rinks. Outdoor community rinks are subject to weather, ice conditions and availability, so check with the local Parks and Recreation office. Indoor play is subject to the seasonal availability of ice time. Some indoor rinks may be closed in the spring and summer months. Be sure to check with your local arena information about hockey schools, leagues and ice time availability.

For a first-time hockey player, you may wish to invest in a lesson and use rented equipment, before investing in the full gear. Enquire about hockey schools or drop-in leagues at your local arena. To get involved in a adult league or in minor hockey, contact the parks and Recreation department to find out about the literally hundreds of hockey organizations.

There are several leagues in the York Region:

  • All Canadian Hockey School (Maple) 905-832-8121
  • Amateur Hockey League - Mens, Stouffville, Brent Stachel 905-640-2384
  • Aurora Central Girls Hockey, Rick Smith 905-727-0269
  • Aurora Hockey Parents Auxiliary, Susan Berube 905-727-1480
  • Aurora Ladies Ball Hockey, Joanna Loughery 416-803-0634
  • Aurora Minor Hockey Association Office 905-727-1480
  • City of Vaughan Hockey Association (Concord) 905-417-1046
  • East Gwillimbury Men's Recreational Hockey 905-939-4532
  • East Gwillimbury Men's Recreational Hockey 905-939-4532
  • East Gwillimbury Minor Hockey Association 905-478-8686
  • Elite Hockey Institute (Summer), Bill Lang 905-476-3098
  • Georgina "Ice" Jr. C. Hockey Association, Dave Sedore 905-722-8745
  • Georgina Girls Hockey Association 905-476-5065
  • Georgina Girls Hockey, Debbie Cunningham 905-476-8850
  • Georgina Island Hockey, Hugh Big Canoe (705) 437-1102
  • Georgina Minor Hockey Association 905-476-9318
  • Georgina Minor Hockey Association, Jn Irwin 905-476-0329
  • Georgina Women's Ball Hockey, Michelle O'Reilly 905-476-3196
  • Georgina Women's Hockey, Kim Katschewitz 905-656-0350
  • Girls Hockey Association, Stouffville/Markham, Diane White, 905-640-1706
  • Minor Hockey Association, W-Stouffville 905-642-2835
  • Monday Night Hockey League, Bruce Chappell 905-727-9444
  • Newmarket Minor Hockey Association 905 898-0714
  • Oak Ridges & District Minor Hockey 905-773-6090
  • Optimists Recreational Hockey League, David LeClaire 905-751-1579
  • Over 30 Hockey League, Ian Curlew 905-476-8703
  • Park Jim Goalie School Inc (Thornhill) 905-881-4093
  • Powerhouse Hockey Vaughan 905-832-5211
  • Richmond Hill Hockey Association 905-770-0550
  • Richmond Hill Old-Timers Men's Hockey League 416-254-3462
  • Richmond Hill Rams Hockey Club 905-884-0726
  • Stouffville Amateur Hockey League - Ladies, LJ Bartle 905-642-8103
  • Stouffville Amateur Hockey League - Men's, Doug Joyce 905-642-3190
  • Stouffville Spirit Jr. A 905-642-2123
  • Stouffville Spirit, OHA Jr. A Hockey Club 905-642-2123
  • Thornhill Community Hockey League 905-764-7640
  • Vaughan Panthers Minor Hockey Association (Woodbridge) 905-851-9844
  • Vaughan Panthers Peewee Hockey (Woodbridge) 905-851-9844
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville Minor Hockey Association, 905-642-2835
  • Whitchurch-Stouffville/Markham Girls Hockey Association, Dianne White 905-640-1706
  • Women's Hockey, LJ Bartle 905-642-8103
  • York Central Mens Ball Hockey League 416-631-4303
  • York Simcoe Express (Triple A Hockey), Bob Hancott 905-898-1713
  • York Women's Summer Hockey League (Newmarket) 905-898-1837
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