Senators Spring Hockey Development

The finest spring hockey program in the Ottawa-Gatineau region with streams for elite (spring AAA) and recreational male and female players from Pre-Novice to Bantam with professional coaches and a fully-integrated program featuring league play, tournament play, skill development, and off-ice training from the leaders in each domain.

Looking for a spring hockey team for your son or daughter? We've got one for you! The Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs are proud to offer a NEW spring hockey program like no other which combine weekly skill development, team practices (spring AAA program only), free flowing league games, and the very best spring tournaments available in our region. 

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The Senators Spring Hockey Development Program is the perfect answer to provide players with additional fun, skill development, and the push they need before they head into an off-season of other activities. With a focus on skill development, lead by our professional full-time coaches from the Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs, exciting non-traditional league games through the Ottawa Senators Spring Youth Leagues (4 on 4 or 3 on 3), and the best possible tournament experiences operated by our very own Sensplex Tournaments team and all without the added expense and commitment of travelling to out of town events.

Coaching staff will be led by professional full-time coaches and skill instructors, including Sens Hockey Programs Head of Hockey Development Andrew Dilworth, Head Hockey Instructor Hanna Turpeinen, Pad Leading Instructor Nicolas Samson, and Lead Goaltending Instructor Scott Greenham.

Already have your own team? Click here for more information on getting your team apart of the Senators Spring AAA Hockey Development Team.

ATTENTION GOALIES! Senators Spring Hockey Development goaltenders will be coached by former professional goaltender  (AHL, ECHL) and Senators prospect Scott Greenham, delivering unmatched value with the best possible development opportunitty for those goalies who choose and qualify for our program!

The Ottawa Senators Spring Hockey Development Program is open to all abilities, however only competitive players or those evaluated to be capable of playing at a Spring AAA level will participate in the competitive stream.

The two streams avialble are:

Recreational "Affiliate" Program  (Bell & Richcraft) Competitive "AAA" Program  (Bell Sensplex HQ with Cavanagh & Richcraft Ice)
14 Hours of Skill Development 14 hours of practice- feat. combination of skill development & team tactical practices
10 hours of youth league play (20 league games of 3-on-3 or 4-on-4) 10 hours of youth league play (20 league games of 3-on-3 or 4-on-4)
Ottawa Senators Youth Leagues Jersey Ottawa Senators Youth Leagues Jersey
2 hours & 4 games minimum of tournament play with entrance into Summer Breakaway 3-on-3 Tournament (Richcraft Sensplex) 10 off-ice team training sessions (1hr each) led by Senators NHL Strength & Conditioning Coach Chris Schwarz's FitQuest Trainers (for only Atom, Peewee or Bantam teams)
2 hours & 4 games minimum of tournament play with entrance into Capital Sports Management Spring 4-on-4 Tournament (Bell Sensplex)

13 games minimum of tournament player with entrance into three (3) Local Spring AAA Tournaments hosted at the Sensplex Facilities (Capital Spring AAA Roundup, Ottawa Senators Spring Cup, Capital Victoria Day Classic)

NO OUT OF TOWN TOURNAMENTS to save parents time and money.

Choice of Bell Sensplex or Richcraft Sensplex for all ice sessions (must choose one) 2 team classroom sessions (off-ice hockey-specific instruction with our professional coaches)
Senators Spring Hockey Development practice jersey Senators Spring Hockey team gear, including use of UNREAL NEW home & away jerseys and pant shells, and performance work out gear to keep.
1 team orientation and bonus on-ice evaluation

1 team season kick-off social event

*NEW BONUS* SSHD Family Buy One Get One Free Meals @ Stanley's Restaurant & Bar at the Bell Sensplex and Richcraft Sensplex (with SSHD Family Cards) *NEW BONUS* SSHD Family Buy One Get One Free Meals @ Stanley's Restaurant & Bar at the Bell Sensplex and Richcraft Sensplex (with SSHD Family Cards)
Open to all skill levels Restricted to players and goalies who played Rep B, A, AA, AAA (and Novice House A)

Already have your own team? Click here for more information on getting your team apart of the Senators Spring AAA Hockey Development Team.

Why 3-on-3 or 4-on-4 league games as opposed to traditional hockey?

By removing one or more players from the ice, the game becomes much quicker and free-flowing which allows players to play a more creative game and heighten their spacial awareness and decision making skills. Our 4-on-4 league games opens up a new style of play and encourages players to skate outside their comfort zone. Our unique half-ice 3-on-3 league games creates a faster pace game and forces players to work in tighter spaces ultimately increasing puck battles, quick changes in direction and of course, touches on the puck. Regardless of the format you chose, our Ottawa Senators Youth Leagues creates a fun, development-focused environment for developing skaters and goalies. 


Program Dates and Times

RECREATIONAL (AFFILIATE) PROGRAM

Cost: $945. For payment plan information, please click here.

Bell Sensplex

Skill Development Sessions:

PRE-NOVICE/NOVICE SOLD OUT 

  • 6:15 PM - Monday March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13 (Performance & Power Skating + Goalie Academy)
  • 6:15 PM - Tuesday May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Complete Player Development)

NOVICE/ATOM SOLD OUT  

  • 7:15 PM - Monday March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13 (Performance & Power Skating + Goalie Academy)
  • 7:15 PM - Tuesday May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Complete Player Development)

ATOM/PEEWEE/BANTAM

  • 8:15 PM - Monday March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 15, 29, May 6, 13 (Performance & Power Skating + Goalie Academy)
  • 8:15 PM - Tuesday May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Complete Player Development)

Youth League Schedule

  • 3-on-3 League: Bell Sensplex league games played on Saturdays. (Richcraft Sensplex league games played on Sundays)
  • 4-on-4 League: Games can be played on any of the seven days of the week.

Summer Breakaway 3-on-3 Tournament: June 15, 2019 at the Richcraft Sensplex

Capital Sports Spring 4-on-4 Tournament presented by the Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps: June 7 & 8, 2019 at the Bell Sensplex

Richcraft Sensplex

Skill Development Sessions (1hr sessions):

PRE-NOVICE/NOVICE

  • 6:15 PM - Tuesday Mar 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 (Performance & Power Skating + Goalie Academy)
  • 6:15 PM - Tuesday May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Complete Player Development)

NOVICE/ATOM/PEEWEE/BANTAM

  • 7:15 PM - Tuesday Mar 19, 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7 (Performance & Power Skating + Goalie Academy)
  • 7:15 PM - Tuesday May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25 (Complete Player Development)

Youth League Schedule:

  • 3-on-3 League: Richcraft Sensplex league games played on Sundays. (Bell Sensplex league games played on Saturdays)
  • 4-on-4 League: Games can be played on any of the seven days of the week.

Summer Breakaway Tournament: June 15th, 2019 at the Richcraft Sensplex

Capital Sports Spring 4-on-4 Tournament: June 7 & 8, 2019 at the Bell Sensplex

COMPETITIVE (AAA) PROGRAM (Primary facility Bell Sensplex with some times at the Richcraft and/or Cavanagh Sensplex facilities)

Cost: Atom & Above $1300 / Novice: $1170. For payment plan information, please click here.

Based on registration numbers, all team will be Co-ed. We do not at this time have the numbers to run a strictly girls team in any age group.

Bell Sensplex

Evaluation Session - The intitial payment is $455 which includes the $55 evaluation fee and a non-refundable deposit towards the program fee. Should your son/daughter be selected for the competitive team, they will have the $400 put towards the full payment (non-refundable). Should they not make the competitive team, they have the option to do the recreational program, or receive a $400 refund. The $55 will cover costs associated with evaluations.

 

ALL evaluation sessions (tryouts) scheduled below are held at the Bell Sensplex. While some evaluation sessions have already taken place, all levels are still accepting applications and players may still attend future sessions until final teams are formed.

Remaining *UPDATED* Evaluation Dates & Times:

(Pre-registration required to attend evaluation sessions)

- All remaining evaluations will be done by appointment.

 

If times above conflict directly with existing competitive minor hockey schedules, please contact us directly to make alternate evaluation arrangements. [email protected] or 613.599.0222

 

 

Season Schedule Information:

Team Practices (1hr team sessions):

  • Wednesdays March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 (skill development sessions) + some Thursday sessions for select teams at the Richcraft Sensplex
  • Additional four weekend practices (tactical team sessions) to be announced by coaches at one of three Sensplex facilities (for 2019 these have now been distributed to all teams)

Youth League Schedule:

  • 3-on-3 League: Bell Sensplex (west league) games held on Saturdays. Richcraft Sensplex (east league) games held on Sundays. Players may choose the east or west league.
  • 4-on-4 League: Games can be played on any of the seven days of the week.

Spring AAA Tournaments

  • Cumberland Bandits Tournament - April 12-14 (minors & girls), April 26-28 (majors)
  • Senators Spring AAA Cup - May 3-5 (minors), May 10-12 (majors), May 24-26 (girls)
  • Victoria Day Classic - May 18-20 (girls teams integrated with boys)

 

SSHD AAA Program Teams Featuring Professional Paid Non-Parent Head Coaches:

  • Major Peewee (2006)* - Full
  • Minor Peewee (2007)
  • Major Atom (2008)
  • Minor Atom (2009)
  • Novice Black (2010-11) - Full
  • Novice Red (2010-11) - Full

Note: All goaltender spots have been awarded for the 2019 season. One skater spot remains at a few age groups and as many as four skater spots remains for the 2007 team. Please apply and you will be contacted to setup evaluation time(s).

*Major Peewee 2006 team will feature body-checking instruction and will be competing in body-checking tournaments.

 

Additional Coach-Formed Teams - SSHD AAA:

(Featuring coaches given approval to operate SSHD teams following our standards, code of conduct, and development-first philosophy. Part of our growing SSHD family!)

  • Pre-Novice 2012 East (Richcraft Sensplex) - Paul Jennings
  • Girls Novice 2010-11 U8 West - Ryan Couch
  • Girls Atom 2009 U9 West - Greg Glynn
  • Minor Peewee 2007 - Blake Dewan

 

SSHD AAA Jerseys Unveiled!

All teams will wear the Red (away) and White (home), other than the Novice Black team who will wear Black as their away uniform.

AGES, LEVELS

  • Ages 6 IP - born 2012
  • Ages 7-8 Novice - born 2010-2011
  • Ages 9-10 Atom - born 2008-2009
  • Ages 11-12 Peewee - born 2006-2007
  • Ages 13-14 Bantam - born 2004-2005

EQUIPMENT

All of our hockey programs require full equipment to be provided by the parent/guardian. No child shall participate without: Hockey skates, CSA-approved helmet (with cage), neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, jock or jill, shin pads, hockey gloves and a hockey stick. Mouth guards are optional.

INFORMATION

Please call 613 599 0222, or email [email protected]. E-mails with scheduling and general information go out one week prior to the start date.

 

Refund Policy: Read our Refund & Cancellation Policy.

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