The finest spring hockey program in the Ottawa-Gatineau region with streams for elite (spring AAA) and recreational male and female players from Pre-Novice to Minor Bantam featuring professional coaches and a fully-integrated program which includes league play, tournament play, skill development, and off-ice training from the regions leaders in each domain.
Looking for a spring hockey team for your son or daughter? Interested in spending your spring hockey dollars on professional development with industry experts instead of on gas, hotels, and meals for out of town travel? If you’re serious about using the spring to give your player the best possible development boost, and they are considered to be one of the most focused, coachable, and hard-working players on their team, then we have a great opportunity for them and you.
The Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs are proud to announce the return of the Senators Spring Hockey Development Program featuring weekly skill development, team practices (spring AAA program only), free flowing league games, and the very best run spring tournaments available in our region.
The Senators Spring Hockey Development Program is the perfect answer to provide players with additional skill development, fun, and the competitive-minded push they need before they head into an off-season of other activities. The SSHD AAA program focuses on skill development, lead by our professional full-time coaches from the Ottawa Senators Hockey Programs, exciting non-traditional league games through the Ottawa Senators Spring Youth Leagues (4 on 4), and the best possible tournament experiences operated by Sensplex Tournaments; all without the added expense and commitment of travelling to out of town events (*2007-2008 teams MAY participate in one out of town tournament subject to parent and coach ratification).
Coaching staff will be led by professional full-time coaches and skill instructors, including Sens Hockey Programs Head of Hockey Development Jesse Hale, Head Hockey Instructor and Sr Player Development Specialist Hanna Turpeinen, Head Hockey Instructor Michael Xhignesse, Lead Goaltending Instructor Scott Greenham, Director of Hockey programs Andy Bryan, and more. Click here to see bios of key club staff and the list of Team Head Coaches by level.
As each team roster nears completion, the list of chosen players will be posted here.
Team Head Coach Applications
All Team Head Coaches for the 2020 season have now been named. Applications will continue to be accepted for those looking to gain experience working with a professional development organization by contributing in an assistant’s role. Email Club Director, Andy Bryan and Club Head Coach, Jesse Hale to express interest.
Already have your own team or wish to manage and recruit a group of talented and hard-working players on your own? Full details are now available for download for those looking to build their own SSHD AAA team to receive a list of unparalled benefits by becoming a part of the organization.
The Ottawa Senators Spring Hockey Development Program is open to all abilities, however only competitive players capable of playing at a Spring AAA level will participate in the competitive stream.
(pre-novice 2013 will feature a modified version of the Novice program indicated)
|Competitive ‘AAA’ Program (Bell Sensplex |
Headquarters with some Cavanagh & Richcraft Sensplex ice)
|Recreational “Affiliate” Program (Bell & |
|15 to 16 hours of practice – feat. combination |
of skill development & team tactical practices
|14 hours of individual skill development|
|11 hours of youth league play (22 games of Ottawa Senators Spring Youth League)||11 hours of youth league play (22 games of Ottawa Senators Spring Youth League)|
|10 off-ice team training sessions (1 hr each) led by Senators NHL Strength & Conditioning Coach Chris Schwarz’s FitQuest Trainers (Atom, Peewee or Bantam teams); or six off-ice training and team building sessions led by SSHD Club Staff (Novice teams)||Ottawa Senators Youth League jersey and Senators Spring Hockey Development practice jersey.|
|Pre-tournament exhibition games (exact number TBD at coaches discretion)||Choice of Bell Sensplex or Richcraft Sensplex for all development ice sessions and league play|
|15 games minimum of tournament play with entrance into three (3) Local Spring AAA Tournaments hosted at the Sensplex Facilities (Capital Spring AAA Roundup, Ottawa Senators Spring Cup, Capital Victoria Day Classic) NO OUT OF TOWN TOURNAMENTS* to save parents time and money|
(*07 & 08 Teams MAY participate in one additional tournament out of town subject to parent approval after teams are formed)
|3 to 4 hours & up to 8 games minimum of 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 fun day tournament play through the Capital Spring 4-on-4 Tournament (Bell Sensplex) and Summer Breakaway 3-on-3 Tournament (Richcraft Sensplex).|
|2 player classroom sessions (focusing on SSHD AAA expectations, high-performance habits, club style of play, and more)||1 SSHD player only practice and play session with top OSHP instructors|
1 SSHD team social and meal in Stanley’s
|Ottawa Senators Youth Leagues Jersey, Senators Spring Hockey team gear, including use of INCREDIBLE home & away jerseys and pant shells, and performance work out gear to keep.||Additional features to be announced|
|1 club season kick-off social event |
1 club season wrap-up awards banquet
(where SSHD AAA Athletes of the Year will be named)
|Applications are encouraged from hard-working, focused, quality athletes who play Rep B, A, AA, AAA (and Novice House A)||Affiliate stream is open to players IP to Peewee of all skill levels|
ATTENTION GOALIES! Senators Spring Hockey Development goaltenders will be coached by former professional goaltender (AHL, ECHL) and Senators prospect Scott Greenham, delivering unmatched value with the best possible development opportunity for those goalies who select and then qualify for our program!
The Senators Spring AAA Hockey Development Club is exclusively for those players and parents who are serious about their development. Our players are expected to be some of the most hard-working, focused, disciplined, and coachable in youth hockey. Players must be capable of playing at a competitive spring hockey level and of being pushed to perform to the best of their abilities in all games and practices. All players must also have a proven track record of being good teammates, and being respectful to coaches, officials, and the opposition. Our goal is to have highly competitive teams at each level with all club members being good players and good people. Players who have had discipline or behavioural issues with their minor hockey coaches are asked to refrain from applying to the SSHD program. Parents are expected to be positive influences who fully support all players and coaches in their development-first, team-first approach.
At all times, players, coaches, and parents must represent the Senators organization with class and pride.
Please note that due to immense interest in the SSHD AAA program and the high number of players being evaluated, only players who are currently playing competitive hockey should apply for our 2006 to 2010 teams (Minor Atom and above). House league players are encouraged to register for the recreational stream.
Senators Spring AAA Hockey Development Teams will practice weekly on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening. All weekday development sessions, off-ice training and activities, and classroom sessions will take place at the Bell Sensplex (West Ottawa). Team schedules, including specific practice times, will be released no later than March 1, 2020.
The following split will be used for mid-week advanced skill development practices for the 2020 season:
2013 – Tuesdays
2012 – Tuesdays
2011 – Wednesdays
2010 – Tuesdays
2009 – Wednesdays
2008 – Wednesdays
2007 – Wednesdays
2006 – Wednesdays
Tuesdays will run for ten consecutive weeks from March 24 to May 26.
Wednesdays will run for ten consecutive weeks from March 25 to May 27.
A minimum of five additional weekend ice-times will be released with the team schedule and can take place at any of our three state-of-the-art facilities; the Bell Sensplex (West Ottawa), Richcraft Sensplex (East Ottawa) or Cavanagh Sensplex (Kinburn).
March 29: All teams
April 5: All teams
April 13: All teams
April 19: 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007
April 26: 2013, 2012, 2010, 2006
May 3: 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007
May 10: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006
May 18: 2013
May 24: All teams except 2013
April 17-19 Capital Spring AAA Roundup: 2013, 2012, 2010, 2006
April 24-26 Capital Spring AAA Roundup: 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007
May 1-3 Senators AAA Spring Cup: 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006
May 8-10 Senators AAA Spring Cup: 2013, 2011, 2009, 2007
May 16-18 (Sat to Mon) Capital Victoria Day Classic: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
May 22-24 OSHP Pre-Novice Spring Shootout: 2013
* possible additional tournament for 2007 and 2008 teams TBA
Evaluations are now underway and will continue until all teams are formed. Players are NOT expected or encouraged to miss their regular sanctioned team activities. We believe your Hockey Canada team comes first. Conflicts should be communicated to club staff (e-mail: [email protected]) who will work to find alternative evaluation times as they deem necessary. In some cases, player evaluations will be arranged with SSHD club staff where conflicts exist. ALL Players must submit their registration (application) now in order to be considered and evaluated. Once a player is registered, club staff will work with parents to ensure each player is adequately evaluated for a decision to be made.
Pre-Novice (2013) evaluations have begun and will continue through the winter until all spots have been awarded. Players are encouraged to apply ASAP for consideration into.
Typical spring hockey teams focus on playing games in many tournaments versus maintaining a focus on skill development and using the relatively short spring season to give players the skill boost that can TRULY help them for the next season before they take a break for other sports, activities, off-season workouts, or simply downtime. As a result, their costs are anywhere from $500 to $700 in team fees, plus another thousand dollars for every out of town tournament they attend. When comparing costs, please note that the full cost of this program goes into the professional skill and off-ice development, local tournament fees, 4-on-4 league entry, uniforms, and other superior value-added features that each player receives. This program not only costs less than most spring hockey, but offers a flexible payment plan to ease the burden on family budgets.
*Major Peewee (2007) & Minor Bantam (2006) teams will feature body-checking instruction and will be competing in body-checking tournaments.
**Major Novice (2011) age level will feature two teams which will be divided into a Black and Red team with the players named to each to be done at the discretion of SSHD AAA hockey staff.
***Minor Atom (2010) age level will feature three teams due to an incredibly high number of capable competitive players who have applied. It will be divided into a Black, Red, and White team with the players named to each to be done at the discretion of SSHD AAA hockey staff.
Why does the program include 4-on-4 league games as well as 5-on-5 tournaments, as opposed to playing ALL traditional hockey?
By removing one or more players from the ice, the game becomes much quicker and free-flowing which allows players to play a more creative game and heighten their spatial awareness and decision making skills. Our 4-on-4 league games opens up a new style of play and encourages players to skate outside their comfort zone. The Ottawa Senators Youth Leagues provide a fun, unique, and highly valuable development environment for skaters and goalies. We believe this league is the perfect compliment to our weekly individual and team development practices by giving them a weekly gameday (even on non-tournament weeks) adding to our already impressive program content.
Note for 2013 SSHD AAA Players: 2013 Players will be enrolled in the half-ice IP Advanced 3-on-3 League at their choice of the Bell Sensplex or Richcraft Sensplex.
All teams will wear the Red (away) and White (home), other than the our Novice Black team who will wear Black as their away uniform.
Each and every aspect of the SSHD AAA program is professional quality, and the apparel and other team gear that each player, parent, or fan has access to is no exception. Full details and convenient ordering are available now through our partners at Gadar Promotions by visiting the online store here.
All of our hockey programs require full equipment to be provided by the parent/guardian. No child shall participate without: Hockey skates, CSA-approved helmet (with cage), neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, jock or jill, shin pads, hockey gloves and a hockey stick. Mouth guards are optional.
Please call 613 599 0222, or email [email protected] for additional information.
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