Our 8 and under program follows USA Hockey ADM (American Development Model). To ensure quality ice time for every level of player, they are divided into 3 groups based on skill, not age. These divisions make it easier for kids to play with others at the same skill level and pace. Movement is allowed, players can move up to continue to advance their skills.
Red, kids with more advanced skill and can compete at the higher levels of this age group, as well as commit additional time.
White, intermediate stage.
Blue, players that are just beginning to learn the concepts of hockey and team play.
Players 8 years old or younger when the season starts.
Players should be able to skate end to end or who have completed at least one session of Learn-to-Skate.
Players register and attend evaluations for team placement the first week of September. The season culminates with the MAC Attack in late February, early March.
Blue and White teams get 40-50 ice sessions per season (26 hours).
Red teams get 50-60 ice sessions per season (36 hours).
Practice occurs 2-3 times per week, times TBA.
Teams will play a minimum of 16 cross-ice/half-ice games over the course of the season and will usually fall on the weekends.
Cost varies year to year depending on many factors. The anticipated Registration fee for the upcoming season is $295 for Blues and Whites, $595 for Reds (not including jerseys/socks).
This fee also includes entry as a team for the end-of-season tournament, the MAC Attack.
Fall Development Skates for 8U/10U/12U $150 (optional)
Reds pay a higher registration fee as they receive 10 additional hours of ice.
Teams may decide to participate in additional tournaments or jamborees. Expect Team Managers to collect funds to cover entry fees.
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MHA jersey sets are required and can be purchased online. Your Team Manager will reach out for number preference.
A sizing event will be held during evaluations.
Evaluations, practices, and most home games are held at the Harry J. McDonald Memorial Center. Games may be played across Anchorage, as well as the Matsu-Valley.
Scholarships are available, and packets can be fond under Resources on our homepage. Please fill out and turn in/postmarked by September 8, 2021 to Heather, MHA Office Manager.
A drop box can be found at the MAC on the wall outside of locker room 1.
Birth years for upcoming season:
2013, 2014, possibly 2015
Head Coaches announced:
Blue - Shane White & Adam Gabrielson
White - Shawn Casey
Red - Mark Swenson
Prior to registration and evaluations, register your player at USA Hockey, linked HERE. Print and keep their USA Hockey number.