Mission & Vision (Ancaster Minor Hockey)

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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.

Novice Development Program
This program provides Novice age players two extra hours of ice per week in addition to their regular house league game and practice. The extra hours are spent on skating, skills development and small ice games (pond hockey style).

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 Novice, Atom, Peewee, Bantam, Midget and Juvenile age groups.

Interlock House League
This League is an extension of House League and abides by the same principles. It may involve players in our Peewee, Bantam, Midget and Juvenile Divisions, depending on registration levels in the AMHL and surrounding centres. The Interlock League includes teams in Ancaster, Beverly, Dundas, Stoney Creek and Flamborough.

Players in house league who wish to play at a more demanding level can try out for a select team. The select team is composed of the stronger 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. Please note that only Ancaster residents are eligible to play Select.

Rep teams are comprised of players who desire a high level of competition and are willing to make a tremendous commitment in time and finances to the operation of the team. These players try out in April and September and the successful candidates will be chosen to represent Ancaster in the Novice through Midget age categories. The Rep. teams play locally in the Tri-County Minor Hockey League and enter OMHA playdowns in January.