Mission & Vision (Ancaster Minor Hockey)

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Mission and Vision

The Ancaster Minor Hockey League (AMHL) was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1986.

Our Mission is to provide a grassroots hockey development program for youth in Ancaster, focusing on fun, physical fitness, skill development, team cooperation and fair play.

Levels of Hockey

Initiation Program (CHIPS)

A Hockey Canada sanctioned 'learn to play' program for new players. The focus is on having fun, engaging in physical activity, learning the fundamental skills to play hockey while introducing the concepts of cooperation and fair play. The IP covers the age groups U5 through to U8.

House League

Provides an opportunity for fun and physical exercise in a team environment. Emphasis is on improving skills, learning rules of the game and fair play. We have house league programs for ages U9 through to U21.


Players in house league who wish to play at a more competitive level can try out for a Select team. The Select team is composed of the top players at each age level. They play similar teams from other organizations in exhibition games and tournaments throughout the season. Select games and practices are in addition to the regular house league games and practices. We offer the Ancaster Avalanche Select program for age groups U11, U13, U15, U16, and U18. Tryouts for the Select teams typically occur in mid to late September.


Rep teams are made up of players who desire a high level of competition and are willing to take on a much bigger commitment in time and finances to the operation of the team. Tryouts are held in April or September depending on the age group. As of the 2023-24 season, our rep program is now fully run by our parent organization, the Glancaster Bombers. The Rep organization is made up of members from the Ancaster and Glanbrook hockey organizations.