Ottawa Senators Spring 3-on-3 Youth League presented by Villanova Dental


April 10 2018 - June 24 2018

Why Choose 3-on-3 Half-Ice Hockey for your Child?

After a successful pilot 2017 season, the Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs are proud to be expanding this unbelievable league option for your child's fun and development for this spring season! 

Studies have shown that skill development can be drastically enhanced when players are playing on a surface that has been adjusted to their age. Say "hello" to 3-on-3 half-ice hockey!

Working in tighter spaces, players are doubling their touches on the puck, producing six times more shots on net and passing to teammates more often when compared to traditional full-ice games. As the pace of the game increases, goalies will see more shots per minute and shots from different angles, helping them develop their skills even faster than in traditional hockey. Transitioning from full-ice to half-ice hockey encourages more puck battles, more changes in direction and more scoring opportunities. Quite simply, it can be more fun and more beneficial for many IP, Novice and Atom aged players. It can also serve as the perfect compliment to full-ice 4-on-4 hockey which provides players the chance to develop different skills as they are given more time to control the puck in open ice and develop a keen sense of spacial awareness.

Please take a few moments to watch the video produced by USA Hockey after their study of cross-ice hockey.

Location: Bell Sensplex (Kanata) or Richcraft Sensplex (Gloucester)

Only leagues of their kind sanctioned by Hockey Canada (Hockey Eastern Ontario)


  • 20 League games + playoffs
  • Features divisions for IP, Novice, and Atom.
  • Set dates and times for ALL divisions!
  • All divisions are coed. 
  • Body checking is not permitted at any level.
  • Zero coaching to maximize player creativity
  • Games to be played on half-ice using professionally installed temporary rink-boards placed along the centre-ice red line.
  • 3-on-3 league games scheduled to avoid conflict with coinciding 4-on-4 league games for players wishing to take part in both leagues (recommended for players who are interested and able to commit to two ice times per week)

Ages for the Spring 2018 League will be based on 2017/18 minor hockey levels:

  • IP - 2011-2013
  • Novice - 2009-2010 
  • Atom - 2007-2008 

We Love Goalies!

Goaltenders who register for any of the Ottawa Senators Youth Spring & Summer Leagues will receive a special discounted price and a fabulous development opportunity of facing MANY more shots than in any typical minor hockey setting. They will also receive ALL of the following exclusive benefits:

  • Guaranteed friend request honoured (goalies can submit the name of any one skater at the same level and they are assured to be placed on their team, provided no other goalie has requested that player)

  • A promo code valid for 10% off goaltender entry into any of the 2018 Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps at the Bell Sensplex and Richcraft Sensplex. Excludes the Sens Goalie Camp by Pierre Groulx. Promo code for the Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps will be provided immediately after registration

  • Priority access to play bonus games to cover for goalie absences at NO ADDITIONAL COST (no “spare” goalies will be given this opportunity before our full-timers!)

  • 100% ice time guarantee (only one goalie will ever be accepted per team)

  • FREE entry into an 80-minute Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs Goalie Clinic if you register before March 1, 2018 (To be scheduled in June 2018. Details to be distributed in May 2017)


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EAST End Schedule - Click Here


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Standings will only be available at the end of the season which will be used to determine playoff seedings!


All league games are 24 minutes in length and will be played on half-ice (rink divider will be present). The buzzer will sound every one minute and 30 seconds to signal a line change, so that all players receive equal ice time. Both teams will be sharing the same bench and will be changing lines at opposite doors. Games will be scheduled back-to-back or with a maximum one game break in-between, so that each team plays two games on each gameday.

Scores are kept but not posted to reinforce the fun atmosphere this league presents. Final standings will be posted after your last regular season game - this is all in spirit of having fun!

Playoffs will take place on Saturday June 23rd or Sunday June 24th. With a single game elimination format, teams are guaranteed at least 1 playoff game. Prizing will be given out to the finalists and champions!

Game Days*

  IP Novice Intermediate Novice Advanced

Atom Rec 

Atom Competitive  

West End League (Bell Sensplex)

Saturday mornings Saturday mid-days Wednesday evenings  Saturday mid-days  Wednesday evenings

East End League (Richcraft Sensplex)

Sunday mornings Sunday mid-days Tuesday evenings

Sunday mid-days

Tuesday Evenings

*Divisions that play on Sundays will be given the odd Saturday game in order to host their playoffs by Sunday June 24th.

At the IP level (or Junior Fundamentals), the intermediate division is intended for those participants who have just completed their first year of hockey, or who are not yet ready for an "advanced" IP division. The advanced division is intended for those players that will be playing Novice hockey next year and/or are capable of playing at an "advanced" level. Please note that IP levels do not have designated goaltenders.

At the Novice level, the Intermediate division is for those participants who are currently at the House B or C level in the 2017/18 minor hockey season. The Advanced division is for participants who are playing at the House A or Competitive levels during the 2017/18 minor hockey season.

At the Atom level, the recreational division is for those participants who are currently at any level of House League in the 2017/18 minor hockey season. The Competitive division is for participants who play at the Competitive levels during the 2017/18 minor hockey season.

If you are unsure about or have any questions pertaining to this please call at 613-599-0222 or email us prior to completing your registration. Participants enrolled in the incorrect division may be moved without prior notice. Also, please note that the divisions referenced above will be separated into exclusive divisions by ability where enrollment warrants. Combined divisions (Rec / Advanced) will be run where enrollment does not warrant a split. In each case, teams will be balanced to ensure the best possible experience for all. Full-team enrollments are not permitted in any Ottawa Senators youth league to protect competitive balance.

Cost and Payment Schedule

Hockey Canada Insurance: $35 

Only applicable to participants who did NOT play in a Hockey Canada sanctioned team/league during the 2017-18 season. If you're unsure, don't hesitate to contact us!

  Hockey Canada Member Non Hockey Canada Member
Skater $295.00 $330.00
Goaltender $275.00 $310.00

Includes HST


Additional Notes

Dressing Room Policy - Click Here

Hockey Eastern Ontario (HEO) Insurance/Sanctioning:

All Ottawa Senators Youth Leagues are sanctioned under Hockey Canada through HEO (Hockey Eastern Ontario). All participants who played in a registered minor hockey association during the 2017/18 are fully covered under this sanctioning. Any participant who did not play in a registered minor hockey association is required to purchase the HEO Sanctioning fee at the time of registration.

Girls who are currently registered players within the OWHA are already insured by Hockey Canada and therefore are not required to pay the additional HEO sanctioning fee. Only in the case where the participant has not been registered with either of the OWHA or the HEO would you be required to pay the fee.

Friend Requests:

In order to ensure balanced teams, please be advised that only ONE (1) friend request will be accepted per participant. All one-to-one friend requests will be honoured by league administrators, as long as they are received prior to March 16, 2018. Requests may be completed during your registration. Any participants who request more than one friend will automatically void their submission. Goalies are exempt (please see why WE LOVE GOALIES! above). This policy will help the 3-on-3 league strive for fair and well-balanced teams; while allowing participants to meet new teammates!

Please note that circular friend requests will not be honoured. A one-to-one friend request is valid when Player A requests to play with Player B and Player B requests to play with Player A. A circular request (that will not be honoured) is when Player A requests to play with Player B, Player B requests to play with Player C, and Player C requests to play with Player A. All three of the requests in the circular example will be automatically voided.

League Balancing:

League administrators will use information provided during registration (level played during the 2017-18 season) to create teams of equal skill level at the start of the season. During the first four weeks of the season, each team will be evaluated by league coordinators and staff. Balancing moves will be made in order to ensure all teams are as equal as possible. These balancing moves will be made in such a way that friend requests are continuously honoured throughout the season. If you have any questions about the balancing process, please don't hesitate to contact league staff at 613-599-0222.


Still have any questions? Click here to visit our FAQ page! 

You can also email us at [email protected] or give us a call at 613-599-0222!


Refund Policy: Read our Refund & Cancellation Policy



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