News and Announcements
Today we received the news that our fellow local league, Don Mills Civitan Hockey, will no longer be running independently and will merge with Victoria Village. It is sad to see a long-standing organization stop operating independently and we miss them in the community, but we support the decision made by their leadership to ensure the continuity of the hockey season for their players. Victoria Village is a good organization with a similar long tenure in the community.
Some Don Mills players may wish to play elsewhere and Don Mills provided a link to Parkwoods in their communications to their community.
For our families, we want you to know that Parkwoods has strong financials and will be running this season until / unless the pandemic pauses hockey in Toronto. You do not need to worry about your own child’s season. But please register now to secure your child’s spot and don’t forget our referral program. Bring in a new house league player and receive a $25 discount on your child’s fees.
For Don Mills families who may be considering Parkwoods, we have currently have space in our house league divisions. We welcome you and will guarantee your child one friend request so that they can play with someone they know if they join Parkwoods. For select players, some of our teams have spots available, and we may be able to accommodate full teams. We welcome new volunteers and have coaching opportunities available for parents who wish to be involved. Referees and timekeeping opportunities also exist for youth looking for part-time employment. Any questions can be directed to email@example.com.
We look forward to hockey resuming in our community.
PARKWOODS HOCKEY LEAGUE
The GTHL has released its updated game plan for the return to hockey, which is available on their website GTHL releases Game Plan 2.0 outlining Return to Play framework including Vaccination Policy – GTHL (gthlcanada.com). While we need to work through the details of the new requirements, we expect to start the season in October as usual, subject of course to the reopening of arenas and public health measures in place at the time.
Please note that the new game plan requires all participants born in 2009 or before (players, coaches and volunteers) to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, 2021, which means the second dose must be received by October 17th. This does not apply to any participants born in 2010 or later, or to spectators.
We will keep you posted on the impact of the new game plan requirements on our season, as well as any additional requirements that may come from the arena or public health.
Please remember to register your child if you have not already done so, and don’t forget to register on both the Parkwoods website TeamPages: Parkwoods Hockey League – 2021-2022 REGISTRATION – Parkwoods Hockey League and Hockey Canada.
Yours in hockey,
PARKWOODS HOCKEY LEAGUE
OUR PARKWOODS HOUSE LEAGUE OFFERS:
Weekly practices run by the team coaches for all age divisions;
All Novice divisions games will be played under the three-minute buzzer format, where each shift is three consecutive minutes (run time) in length;
All games (except Novice) line changes are made “on the fly”;
In younger divisions, teams are expected to rotate players in goal (where applicable) so each player can experience playing the goalie position for at least one game. The coach and bench staff will assign a goalie schedule for every player to each week;
House League games are forty-eight minutes in length;
Games are played on Saturdays with the younger players on the ice first thing in the morning and progressing through the late afternoon for the older players; and
Games are played using a full ice surface in all age groups (except those in the Tyke and Novice Initiation Programs).
Visit our Parkswoods House League tab from the home page to get a glimpse of what playing at Parkwoods looks like.
IMPORTTANT: The 2021/2022 hockey season requires dual registration. This means you must register your player with: (1) the Parkwoods Hockey League website; and
(2) the Hockey Canada eHockey website.
Once you complete the Parkwoods registration, please visit https://register.hockeycanada.ca/home to complete the registration process with Hockey Canada.
Both registrations need to be complete before your player can participate in the 2021/2022 Hockey Season.
Instructions on how to create and complete the registration with Hockey Canada is attached below.
The document Hockey_Canada_Account_Creation_and_Registration.pdf was attached to this post.
Do you know of a young person between the ages of 6 & 10 that has never played our great game of hockey and might be interested in trying the sport?
The FIRST SHIFT program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families. We want families to experience the game at its best — to understand why so many Canadians feel an inherent love for the sport, and to stimulate a desire for continued participation. We want to take away any intimidation as it relates to equipment requirements, and/or rules of the game, remove potential safety concerns, and most importantly, provide an experience that is memorable and fun.
Equipment is included with registration, which is only $229.
Parkwoods’ program starts January 6, 2022 and registration is limited.