Youth Hockey

Ages

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

When

October - February

WHERE

Chisago Lakes Ice Arena

GAMES

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 up to 10 full-ice games

One out-of-town jamboree and a CLHA-hosted jamboree in February.

Additional games are 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.

Practices

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


EXTRA COSTS

USA Hockey

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

OUR PROGRAMS

LITTLE WILDCATS

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, they will progress to in-house scrimmages within the program.

MITE 1

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

TRAVEL MITES

Travel Mites is a step up from Mite 1. Players receive more ice touches and play against other associations. There is a girls' U8 team and boys' level 2, 3, and 4 teams.

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

Leveling

There will be no formal tryouts, but leveling will occur early in the season. Leveling will help determine which team will help each player develop best. 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. We aim for every player to be challenged while gaining the confidence to carry the puck and make plays against other players. The focus is development.

Parents, it's important to remember that hockey development is a journey, not a race. It's about your child's progress and enjoyment of the game, not just immediate results. We're here to support and guide your child every step of the way. 

QUESTIONS?

Adam Boleman

Mite Director

Travel Hockey - SQUIRTS and ABOVE

Early bird rates are in effect through July 31, 2024. After this date, rates will increase by $300 for Squirt and above and $250 for travel mites.

Registration fees do not include the volunteer deposit. As of March 1, 2025, families with unfulfilled DIBS hours will be charged the volunteer fee as outlined in the DIBS policy.

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, providing you with flexibility. If you need additional accommodations, please don't hesitate to reach out to a board member.

Tryouts

There is a tryout fee of $125 per skater squirt and above to secure a spot in tryouts. If you do not want your skater to participate in tryouts, this fee will be waived, and your skater will automatically be placed on the lowest-level team.

Goalies

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

Hannah Vitelli

Director of Youth Hockey

Alice Cunningham

Secretary

2024-25 FEES

COMING SOON

If you have questions about the season, tryouts, team formations, etc., contact the Director of Youth Hockey.

Hannah Vitelli

Director of Youth Hockey

If you have any questions or issues regarding registration, please contact our Registrar.

Jessica Howe

Registrar

Jerseys

Little Wildcat and Mite 1 jerseys

Little Wildcats and Mite 1 jerseys and socks are included with your registration. Skaters will be able to keep their jerseys.

Travel jerseys

New players without a jersey and existing players requiring a replacement must purchase a reversible jersey for $45 each.

  • 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.


Jersey orders will be sent out in July, September, and November. Jerseys take 8-10 weeks to receive.

Socks are included with registration.

Emily Mack

Little Wildcats Coordinator

Adam Boleman

Mite Director

MICHELLE CARLSON

Hockey Operations Coordinator

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