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Background

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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Equipment

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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Where


[ Ice Rinks and Arenas | Maps of Arenas (for Hamilton Area | Hamilton City | Hamilton downtown | Oakville-Burlington maps | Niagara Region maps)

You can catch exciting Jr "A" hockey with either the:
  • Hamilton Redwings who play at the Mountain Arena (905) 428-3413 x201
  • Burlington Cougars who play at Central Arena 905-690-3280

These teams play a number of clubs from the region, as well as teams from around the province.

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 Hamilton area:

  • Chedoke Minor Hockey League (905-575-5185
  • Coronation Minor Hockey (905-529-1143
  • Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club (905-529-8500
  • Hamilton Reps Hockey Club (905-318-1255
  • Rosedale Minor Hockey Association (905-545-5555
  • Stoney Creek Girls Hockey Association (905-560-7077
  • Stoney Creek Minor Hockey Pro Shop & Skate Sharpening (905-662-2531
  • Stoney Creek warriors Junior B Hockey (905-573-2530
  • Ultra-Fresh Hockeyshop (905-575-5447

For competitive hockey, you can check out these teams:

Hamilton Bulldogs
(905) 529-8500
Copps Colisem, Box Office located on York Blvd by Main Entrance
The Hamilton Bulldog Hockey Club is a member of the American Hockey League, and solely affiliated with the storied Montreal Canadians. Locally owned and in its 10th season in Hamilton, the Bulldogs not only offer great professional hockey, but also an all-round entertainment package - Major League Entertainment at Minor League Prices.

Hamilton Red Wings
Mountain Arena
25 Hester St. (at Upper JamesSt)
Hamilton, ON, L3P 3K8
905-546-2429
Hamilton's team in the Provincial Junior "A" OHA Hockey League. All home games start at 7:30.

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