Youth Hockey


CLHA follows MN Hockey age guidelines. Generally, they follow these age groups:

  • Little Wildcats - ages 4+
  • Mite 1 - ages 6+
  • Travel Mites 2-4 - ages 6-9
  • Squirt - ages 9-11 
  • Peewee - ages 11-13 
  • Bantam - ages 13-15


October - February


Chisago Lakes Ice Arena


Little Wildcats

This program is focused on fundamentals.

Mite 1

Half ice

Opportunities may arise to participate in level 1-2 jamborees outside of CLHA.

Travel Mites

Half ice with limited 3/4 and full-ice games

One out of town jamboree and a CLHA-hosted jamboree in January. Additional games to be determined by coaches and managers.

Most away games are in the north or east metro. 

Squirt and above

Full ice

Teams will play other D2 teams, both home and away, as scheduled by the district.

Teams will also participate in tournaments as determined by the coach and manager.


Typical practice schedule

  • Little Wildcats - Sunday
  • Mite 1 - Sat & Sun
  • Travel Mites - 2-3 per week
  • Squirts - 3-4 per week 
  • Peewees - 4-5 per week 
  • Bantams - 5-6 per week


USA Hockey

USA Hockey registration is required which has an additional fee associated with it. Please see the USA Hockey site for more information on membership details and registration.



Little Wildcats is the first step into hockey for our youngest skaters. This is a learn-to-skate program with skaters starting without their sticks and “earning” them as they progress through and master various basic skating techniques, eventually progressing to in-house scrimmages within the program.


The Mite 1 program helps skaters continue to progress their skating technique while learning hockey basics through stations and skating drills. Mite 1s are assigned a team at the beginning of the season and will have weekly games against the other CLHA Mite 1 teams.


Travel Mites is a step up from Mite 1. Players will receive more ice touches and will also be playing against other associations. There is a girls U8 team, as well as boys level 2, 3, and 4 teams.

  • 1st - 3rd grade
  • 2 - 3 years of experience preferred


There will be no formal tryouts but leveling will occur early in the season; leveling will help determine which team will help each player best develop. We will also consider other factors such as age, grade, school attended, etc. We want every child to love the game of hockey while providing the best opportunities for the player to improve their skills. Our goal is that every player will be challenged while gaining confidence to carry the puck and make plays against other players. The focus is development.

Parents - please remember hockey development is a marathon, not a sprint. 


Adam Boleman

Mite Director

Travel Hockey - SQUIRTS and ABOVE

Early bird rates are in effect through August 15, 2023. Rates will increase by $300 for Squirt and above and $250 for travel mites after this date.

Registration fees do not include the volunteer deposit. Families with unfulfilled dibs hours as of March 1, 2024, will be charged the volunteer fee.

Registration fees do not cover incidental team expenses such as team fund contributions, apparel/warm-ups, photos, gear, and out-of-town tournament or game costs.

Registration fees can be paid in full or with a deposit and three incremental installments. Please contact a board member if you need additional assistance.


The registration link includes a tryout fee of $125 per skater squirt and above. Paying this fee secures a place in tryouts for your skater. If you wish to not have your skater tryout, this fee will be waived and your skater will automatically be placed on the lowest level team.


Bantam, peewee, and 2nd year returning squirt goalies receive a $600 registration discount. If you did not receive the discount code, please email the secretary.

Alice Cunningham


2024-25 FEES


Question regarding the season, how try outs work, team formations, etc? Please contact the Director of Youth Hockey.

For questions regarding registration, please contact our Registrar.


Little Wildcat and Mite 1 jerseys

Little Wildcats and Mite 1 will be provided a jersey for use during the season. These jerseys must be returned upon the completion of the season. In the event a jersey is lost or damaged, the cost of the jersey will be charged to the registered player.

Thank you to our generous sponsor Chisago Lakes Fire for purchasing the current jerseys for CLHA!

Travel jerseys

New players will need to purchase a reversible jersey. The cost is $45 per jersey and is not included in the registration fee.

  • All new jerseys ordered will have a number based on a player's top three choices that do not conflict with others.
  • If two players on the same team have the same number, the most tenured CLHA skater will be given the option to keep the number.

The jersey order for this season has already been submitted. If you need to order a jersey, contact the Hockey Operations Coordinator. Jersey orders take 8-10 weeks to receive.

Socks are included with registration.

Emily Mack

Little Wildcats Coordinator

Adam Boleman

Mite Director


Hockey Operations Coordinator

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