Minor hockey is great program but not a perfect fit for every family and every child. When I looked around I was surprised to find how many other options exist. I’m sure there are even more, so if you know of something not on this list, please let me know! In addition to the options below, Jr. Inferno Calgary Girls Hockey is offered as part of minor hockey.
Flames Community House Leagues – no fundraising, no tournaments, set schedule. These are based through your local hockey associations just like minor hockey but is a separate program. It is designed for recreational players and requires less of a time and monetary commitment. They are regionally based but the area can be quite large depending on the registration numbers. Novice and Atom (7-10 year olds).
Grass Roots Hockey – For kids 4-14. Designed to be non-competitive, affordable and reduced time commitment. Players require very basic skating. Kids 4-5 can be total beginners but require parental assistance on the ice. City-wide league played on outdoor ice. Minimal equipment required.
Huntington Hills Shinny Hockey – Players cannot be registered in organized hockey. Non-competitive program. Basic skating and full gear required. Program runs once a week in 3 consecutive sections. Kids can register for all sections or just one or two. 7-11 year olds.
Rosedale Community Association (by confederation park) hosts a once a week during outdoor rink season.
HVCA Outdoor Hockey Program – Organized by the Hidden Valley Community Association. Volunteer commitment required. Ages 6-14.
Classes and Programs
Trico Intro to Hockey – 11 weeks long. Non competitive, once a week in the early evening. Classes for kids 4-12 including parented classes for kids who need additional support from an adult.
Winsport – Hockey FUNdamentals. One hour class to learn hockey skills. Basic skating required. Learn hockey skills with a game on the last day. Classes for ages 5-12 years.
3 on 3 hockey program. Can be purchased with Hockey FUNdamentals or separately. Gives kids more time with the puck to develop their skills more quickly.
U of C – Once a week class to learn hockey skills. Offers parented classes for little kids (5-7) and classes for kids with some skating ability to learn hockey skills. Leveled classes for ages 6-11.
Flames Learn to Play Program – 6 week introductory course for kids 4-7 years. Basic skating required. First time players only. Equipment provided.