Player Pathways (St Catharines CYO Minor Hockey)


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What is Hockey Canada's Player Pathways?

The Long Term Player Development model sets out a vision for hockey in Canada that takes advantage of the history and culture of the game to increase participation and to lay the foundations of international success long into the future.

The LTPD model for hockey has been developed based on the following principles:

  • doing the right thing for the player at the right stage in their development
  • adopting a player-centered approach and not treating the development of all players the same way
  • the broader the foundation of players the more successful the game of hockey will be in Canada
  • viewing player development as a long term process
  • aligning player development resources (skills manuals, DVDs) with coach development and education resources so that coaches are doing the right things at the right time
  • a need to better educate parents on the hockey development of their child – it is okay for parents to want their kids to get to the highest levels but they need to know the best way to go about it.

Parents, coaches and administrators are encouraged to utilize this document to work at the local minor hockey association level to develop the best program possible for the players involved.

For more information on the individual pathways, please check out the Hockey Canada guidelines below:

U7 Player Pathway
U9 Player Pathway
U11 Player Pathway
U13 Player Pathway
U15 Player Pathway
U18 Player Pathway

How does team allocation work with the Pathways program?


Additional Information:

OHF Playing Regulations Adopted for the 2022-2023 Season