Intro to GMHA Hockey Programs (Gananoque Minor Hockey)

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Introduction to Hockey Programs at Gananoque MHA 2023-2024

At Gananoque Minor we are pleased to offer three different programs on the introduction to hockey.

U5 (aka Future Star Program) open to those born in 2019
The intent of our U5 program is to teach kids how to skate.
This program is designed for families interested in getting their children confident on skates but not quite sure if they want to commit to playing hockey. 

The program typically runs from mid September to the end of February. Sessions are weekly either on Saturday or Sunday.

U7 (IP/Initiation Program) open to those born in 2017

The intent of this program is to introduce kids to organized hockey.  This is a great program where you will be amazed at the progress your kids make.  They will start barely being able to skate, and finish playing hockey!  The primary focus in this program is on skating, with puck handling and learning the other basic hockey skills. 

Full equipment is required.  Kids will be organized by experience level.  There will generally be 2 practices a week, dates/times TBD, beginning mid September and running to early March. Half-ice and Cross Ice Games will be introduced at Christmas.  It is recommended that kids be able to stand up unassisted on skates before registering for U7.



First Shift

First Shift is an introduction to hockey.
Please Note: You cannot participate in First Shift if you have already played organized hockey. 
It is open to children from 6-10 years of age.
In addition to 10 organized practices, all players will be given a full set of hockey equipment. 
This program is designed for families who want to introduce their kids to organized hockey, get them equipment, but are not ready to commit for our current hockey program. After the program you may be eligible to transfer to one of our other programs at a pro-rated fee.


If you are new to hockey you may ask “what equipment do I need and what should be in my hockey bag?” Full equipment is required for all hockey players, from Future Stars (U5) to U18.  …. Here is a list to help.

Equipment List

  • Hockey Socks (Future Stars, U7 (IP) and U8 (Minor Novice) have socks provided for them)
  • under wear (long johns/shorts, long sleeve shirt/t-shirt-which ever player prefers)
  • jill/jock (shorts)
  • garter (if not the jill/jock garter combo)
  • shin pads
  • hockey pants
  • skates
  • clear tape (wrapped over shin pads)
  • black/white tape to re tape stick when needed
  • neck guard; “Billy Goat” throat protector for all goalies
  • shoulder pads
  • elbow pads
  • helmet with cage
  • mouth guard
  • gloves
  • equipment bag


New registrants must complete the RESPECT in SPORT parent course before your child can go on the ice. The course can be found on the GMHA website ( and under the tab LINKS. There is a code required for the course, please email [email protected] to obtain it.  At least one parent or guardian of each player registered in the OMHA will be required to complete the Respect in Sport - Parent Program as a condition of participation. The one-hour online course is a proactive, educational program that empowers parents with the tools to ensure the game is enjoyable and respectful for themselves, their children and all other stakeholders in the game. This only needs to be completed once

·        Copy of Birth Certificate, Passport or Health Card required for proof of age – only need to provide the first year your register.

·        Copy of Parents Drivers License – for proof of residence


Ice times will be posted on the website towards the end of August/beginning of September.