Development Program (Oshawa Minor Hockey)

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The Oshawa Minor Hockey Association development program is designed to provide players and coaches with the best possible hockey experiences. 

The development program’s objectives are:    

  • To provide a defined curriculum that connects each age group & level with the successive ones

  • To ensure coaches learn and apply appropriate teaching techniques to various age groups

  • To establish a long term goal of higher level competitive teams achieving greater  successes

  • To continue with and build on an active mentorship and support program for coaches     

This unique program, among the first of its kind in Canada, is based on the principles of Hockey Canada’s Long Term Player Development model and skills/tactics outlines. It will take a player-centered approach using multiple focal points:

  1. Practice templates specific to an age group and season segment

  2. Season segment plans containing extensive skills and tactics inventories

  3. Monitoring when required base skills and tactics in an age group are taught and  reviewed

  4. Continuing coach education through in-house seminars

  5. Mandatory regular use of small area games (SAGs) and low organization games (LOGs) geared towards specific team/level needs

  6. Access to an extensive list of skills & tactics drill videos as well as content from dozens of coaching seminars and presentations

  7. Active coach mentorship

Under 9 & below Development Program

Oshawa Minor Hockey follows the Hockey Canada/OMHA U9 & below development program (OMHA link). We have been successfully running our program since the 2018-19 season.  It is lead by our Head Instructor (Steve Millar). We accept all levels of players and provide 3 ice times per week. If you have additional questions please reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Please find some links to sample instruction and some testimonials.


"My name is Amy John and we have been a part of the Oshawa Minor Tyke Hockey program since its inception in 2018. The program is designed to ensure a positive experience for young hockey players and their families. Our son’s experiences have been focussed on having fun while developing and improving a foundation of skills needed to play the game of hockey. On ice sessions are based on small area games and skills stations that work a wide range of skills such as puck handling, skating, passing and shooting. Ice times and locations are consistent which makes planning with a busy family easier. The coaching staff are knowledgeable and work collaboratively to develop progressive drills to keep players engaged while maintaining an environment that is positive and encouraging for players. I would highly recommend this program for young athletes looking to foster friendships while developing skills and fulfilling a love for hockey."

Sample On Ice station work