The ultimate advanced skill development stream for competitive-minded advanced 2011, 2012, and 2013 born players.

Program Overview

The Little Sens Selects (LSS) is a 12-week advanced development program run over 13 weeks (one week pause for March Break) for top level players playing IP or Novice Hockey this season. They must already be registered with a minor hockey association and classified as being in the top 20% of players at their age group. This program is for players and parents who are competitive-minded and want more. This will give them professional skill development and coaching on and off the ice to help set them on a path for elite performance. They will not only be pushed through advanced skill development on the ice, but taught important concepts usually reserved for higher levels, and what it means to be “coachable”, a great teammate, and a player who will develop faster by being a better practice player. Their skill development will be complemented by participating every second week in fun and extremely beneficial LSS game days where they will spend time playing games in three different sized ice surfaces (divided using padded rink-dividers for clear definition).

Note that this program is exclusively for players already registered to Hockey Canada sanctioned associations and is intended to serve as supplemental development for advanced players only. No player may choose to be a member of the LSS development program instead of regular sanctioned minor hockey. Due to the competitive nature of this program, players are subject to review.


  • 2011 (Major Novice) players must be playing either Tier I competitive hockey, have been named to an SSHD AAA team for the 2020 season, or be in the top third of players on their Novice House A team.
  • 2012 (Minor Novice) players must be playing either Tier I competitive hockey, have been named to an SSHD AAA team for the 2020 season, or be playing Novice House A.
  • 2013 (Pre-Novice / Final Year of Initiation) players must be playing at the top tier of IP hockey within their association. For associations who do not rank their teams, they must be considered to be in the top 20% of players at their age level. A reference from their current coach may be required.
  • Players will be grouped as follows:
    • Group 1: 2012 & 2013 born players
    • Group 2: 2011 & 2012 born players
    • Some adjustments may be made between Group 1 and 2 based on skills evaluations performed by LSS coaches.

Details & Schedule

Dates: Sunday’s from January 12 to April 5, 2020 (13 weeks)

  • On-ice: January 12, 19, 26, February 9, 16, 23, March 1, 8, 22, April 5
    • 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. – Group 1
    • 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. – Group 2
  • Parent presentation & season opening social: January 12
    • 4:15 5 p.m. – Group 1 Meal & Social
    • 5:05 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – Group 1 & 2 Parent Presentation by Jesse Hale & Hanna Turpeinen
    • 5:35 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. – Group 2 Meal & Social
  • Classroom: February 2, March 29 by Jesse Hale & Andy Bryan
    • 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. – Group 1
    • 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. – Group 2

Cost: $475 (under $40/week and including many value-adds!) / Goalies: $245

Program Features

  • 10 hours of on-ice skill development feat. five skills-only development sessions and five game days (game days will begin with skills and move into three mini games).
  • 2 classroom sessions focusing on keys to successful play at all levels, proper hockey habits, and program layout.
  • Goaltenders will receive instruction from lead goalie instructors from the Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs at five skill development sessions for half the cost (exceptional value)
  • Little Sens Selects jersey and socks.
  • Team kick off social and meal for all LSS team members.
  • A visit and guest instruction by an Ottawa Senators alumni.
  • All program events conveniently held Sunday late afternoons at the Bell Sensplex to avoid most conflicts with existing minor hockey schedules. Players are encouraged to not miss their own minor hockey team events should they have the occasional conflict with the LSS program. The LSS program is excpected to be a player’s second hockey of the day on Sundays.

Developing the Spirit of a Senator

Over the 12 weeks the Little Sens Selects (LSS) program will focus on identifying and developing the five (5) foundational pillars of a high performing player. Each on and off-ice session will afford players the opportunity to work with professional development coaches in order to develop the skills and traits required to excel at the top level. The two LSS classroom sessions will feature a combination of video and coach-led conversations focused on two major themes; High Performance Habits and 21 Ways to be a Good Teammate.

The Five (5) Pillars of a High Performing Player

1. Competitive Spirit

  • The Foundation that fuels success in a hockey player.
  • E.g., Next effort plays, 1-on-1 battles, net front and wall plays, puck and player tracking

2. Functional Intelligence

  • The ability to read the play and always make an impact.
  • E.g., Your decision with and without the puck, situational awareness.

3. Puck Possession Skills

Puck DeceptionPuck ManagementQuick Shot Release
Carry With SpeedPassingShot Mentality
Puck ProtectionPass ReceptionFind Shooting Lane
Driving the NetCreativityBeing An Option

4. The Ability to Skate

Strong on FeetStability
Transition & PivotsQuick Feet
Change of DirectionEvasive Turns

5. The Ability to Check

AnglingControlled Skating
Stick on PuckTracking
Defensive SideTransition
FrontingBoxing Out
Gap ControlCommunication

Refund Policy: Read our Refund & Cancellation Policy.

Registration Link: Click here to register for the Little Sens Selects program!