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 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 Hanna Turpeinen, Lead Goaltending Instructor Scott Greenham, and more.


Already have your own team or wish to manage and recruit a group of talented and hard-working players on your own? Information is coming son on how to become apart of the of the Senators Spring AAA Hockey Development Team.

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.

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
Full details on the Recreational Program is coming soon!
10 hours of youth league play (20 games of Ottawa Senators Spring 4-on-4 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 to 10 off-ice training and team building sessions led by SSHD Club Staff (Novice teams)
Pre-tournament exhibition games (exact number TBD at coaches discretion)
14 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 in Quebec City subject to parent approval after teams are formed)
2 player classroom sessions (focusing on SSHD AAA expectations, high-performance habits, club style of play, and more)
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.
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)

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!

AAA Stream Information

Eligibility (Is this program right for your athlete?):

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.

Skill Developments Dates:

Senators Spring AAA Hockey Development Teams will practice weekly on either Tuesday or Wednesday evening. All weekday development 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.

Tuesday, March 24, 31, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12 19, 26


Wednesday, March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20, 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).

Evaluation Process (Updated for 2020!):

Based on the success of the 2019 season and increased demand for players to join the SSHD AAA club, evaluations are taking place earlier this year. This is to allow for an extended recruitment period and for players to be informed of their status as soon as possible for planning purposes. Players will be confirmed or released from teams as soon as an adequate evaluation has taken place. As a result, players should register immediately to begin the evaluation process. Only those players deemed to be capable of playing at a competitive Spring AAA level and are a good fit to represent our brand, will be selected. This means that spots will remain available until a full roster has been set. There is no expected timeline for this process to be complete and it will vary by age level (i.e. teams rosters could be announced as “complete” at any time).

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 (2013-14) evaluations will take place after December 1 though players are encouraged to apply ASAP.

Payment plans:

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.

  • Pre-Novice – $360 (Deposit upon registration), $250 (March 1), $250 (April 1), $250 (May 1)
  • Novice – $380 (Deposit upon registration), $350 (March 1), $350 (April 1), $350 (May 1)
  • Atom/Peewee/Bantam – $380 (Deposit upon registration), $400 (March 1), $400 (April 1), $400 (May 1)
  • The $60 or $80 evaluation fee is included in deposit amounts above. The full amount is non-refundable should your player be selected for the SSHD AAA program. If they are not selected, the FULL amount (less the evaluation fee) is refundable or may be placed as a credit on file towards the SSHD rec/affiliate stream or another Ottawa Senators Hockey Program (PEP, Weekly Skills, Camps, Youth Leagues, and more).


  • More affordable than most spring hockey programs due to the $800-900 savings per out of town tournament weekend, along with a convenient payment plan. The cost is invested into the program features and professional development instead.
  • High value spring hockey program with over 50 team activities included over an incredibly convenient schedule which allows for other sports or activities.
  • Pre-Novice – $1,110 ($1,050 team fee + $60 evaluation fee) – Only $360 due with application
  • Novice – $1,430 ($1,350 team fee + $80 evaluation fee) – Only $380 due with application
  • Atom/Peewee/Bantam$1,580 ($1,500 team fee + $80 evaluation fee) – Only $380 due with application


  • Pre-Novice (2013-2014)
  • Minor Novice (2012)
  • Major Novice (2011-12)
  • Minor Atom (2010)
  • Major Atom (2009)
  • Minor Peewee (2008)
  • Major Peewee (2007)
  • Minor Bantam (2006)

*Major Peewee (2007) & Minor Bantam (2006) teams will feature body-checking instruction and will be competing in body-checking tournaments.

Why 4-on-4 league games as opposed to 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 adding to our already impressive program content.

SSHD AAA Jerseys

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.


  • Ages 5-6 Pre-Novice – born 2013-2014
  • Ages 7-8 Novice – born 2011-2012
  • Age 9 Minor Atom – born 2010
  • Age 10 Major Atom – born 2009
  • Age 11 Minor Peewee – born 2008
  • Age 12 Major Peewee – born 2007
  • Age 13 Minor Bantam – born 2006


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]. E-mails with scheduling and general information go out one week prior to the start date.

Refund Policy:Read our Refund & Cancellation Policy.

Registration Link: Coming Soon!