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

Following the recent Hockey Canada change to focus on development, 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.

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!
  • Features divisions for IP, Novice, and Atom.
  • Girls Only Leagues offered at both facilities.
  • 3 on 3 offers set dates for ALL divisions!
  • Body checking is not permitted at any level.
  • More convenient than ever before for parents!
    • Expanded and revamped playoff format (scheduled in advance and includes at least two games
    • Online schedule pushed to mobile devices
  • 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 2019 League will be based on 2018/19 minor hockey levels:

  • IP – 2012-2014
  • Novice – 2010-2011
  • Atom – 2008-2009

We Love Goalies!

Goaltenders who register for any of the Ottawa Senators Youth Spring & Summer Leagues will receive a 100% (or more) ice time guarantee with 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:

  • A promo code valid for 10% off goaltender entry into most 2019 Ottawa Senators Summer Hockey Camps at the Bell Sensplex and Richcraft Sensplex (Promo code provided immediately after registration. Terms and conditions apply)
  • FREE goalie clinic run by Ottawa Senators NHL Goalie Coach, Pierre Groulx offered to goalies who register by March 1, 2019! (date of the clinic will be announced during the season to those eligible)
  • 100%+ ice time guarantee (only one goalie will ever be accepted per team, and priority access to play bonus games to cover for goalie absences at NO additional cost!)
  • *NEW* Perfect attendance rewards: Goalie who play in 100% of their scheduled games will receive a $50 credit towards any Ottawa Senators Hockey Program. Goalie who only miss one (1) game day in the season will receive a $25 credit. (terms and conditions apply)

Schedule/ Rosters

Schedules and rosters are now available exclusively through TeamSnap!  If you do not have access to your child’s account please email [email protected]


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. 

Game Days

West End League(Bell Sensplex)Featuring:IP Intermediate  and AdvancedNovice Intermediate and AdvancedAtomGirls Only NoviceGame Day: SaturdayPlayoffs will take place on June 22nd. 
East End League(Richcraft Sensplex)Featuring: IP Intermediate  and AdvancedNovice Intermediate and AdvancedAtomGame Day: Sunday* excluding Apr 21 & May 19Playoffs will take place on June 23rd. 

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 2018/19 minor hockey season. The Advanced division is for participants who are playing at the House A or Competitive levels during the 2018/19 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 2018-19 season. If you’re unsure, don’t hesitate to contact us!

Hockey Canada MemberNon Hockey Canada Member

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 2018/19 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 1, 2019. Requests may be completed during your registration. Any participants who request more than one friend will automatically void their submission. 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 2018-19 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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