Ottawa-Gatineau 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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Corel Centre, home of the Ottawa Senators Ottawa Senators have been in the NHL now for several years, even reaching the playoffs regularly, and play at the Corel Centre in Kanata ((613)599-0250). The Ottawa 67s have been around for much longer (they were only renamed in 1967) and play at the Ottawa Civic Centre, at Lansdowne Park (613)232-6767

Maps of arenas

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.

Ottawa Senators Junior A Hockey Club


1265 Walkley Rd, Ottawa, ON K1V 6P9

Gloucester Rangers Jr A Hockey Team


2020 Ogilvie Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 7N8

Kanata Jr A Hockey Club


10 McKitrick Dr, Kanata, ON K2L 1T7

Nepean Raiders Junior A Hockey Club


Po Box 5695, Nepean, ON K2C 3M1

Bonne Entente League



Canadian Adult Rec Assoc.


Canadian Hockey Assoc.


District 12 Cumberland Minor Hockey Assoc


1585 Tenth Line Rd, Orleans, ON K1E 3E8

Gloucester Hockey Association


2020 Ogilvie Rd, Gloucester, ON K1J 7N8

Kanata Minor Hockey Association


100 Walter Pl, Kanata, ON K2V 1A2

Men's Rec League



Nepean Minor Hockey Assn


1765 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G 1E1

Osgoode Rideau Minor Hockey


Po Box 317, Manotick, ON K4M 1A4

Orleans Minor Hockey Association


1490 Youville Dr, Orleans, ON K1C 2X8

Ottawa-Carleton Ball Hockey League


836 Somerset W, Ottawa, ON K1R 6R5

Ottawa District Hockey Association


1900 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G 4N4

Stittsville Minor Hockey Association


10 Warner Colpitts Ln, Stittsvl, ON K2S 1A3

West-End Hockey League


Ottawa, ON K1Z 5A6

Gloucester/Cumb. Girls


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