Winnipeg East Railcats AA Hockey Program

We are looking for a Volunteer Equipment Manager for the upcoming hockey season 2019/20

if interested or would like more details please email Wade at railcatschair@gmail.com.

Posted: June 17, 2019

2019/2020 Hockey Winnipeg Changes

Hockey Winnipeg had their annual rules and regulations meeting in May. A motion was put forth and voted on and the following changes for the upcoming season were passed:

  • AA and A1, A2, A3 hockey will become double ages.
  • Peewee will become 11 & 12 yr olds, Bantam will become 13 & 14 yr olds.
  • Each association will form 2 AA teams for the combined ages and the number of A1, A2 and A3 teams will be determined based on the same Hockey Canada formula as before.
  • AA team formation will be for 2 equal teams based on a draft process for the forwards, then defence, then goalies.
  • This will leave only Minor Atom and Atom as single ages and that change will take place 2020/2021. This would have Manitoba fall in line with the rest of the country and have double age hockey.

Pease be advised that in the absence of a formal statement from Hockey Wpg at this time, this is the information to the best of our knowledge. If there are material changes to this, we will issue a follow up statement to our membership.


SBMHA Board of Directors

Posted: June 14, 2019

AGM Announcement

The SBMHA Board would like to announce our Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday June 6th, 7 p.m. at Southdale East Rink.

The SBMHA Board encourages participation and looks forward to a good attendance from our Members

Posted: May 01, 2019

The following SBMHA positions are up for vote

  1. Vice-President
  2. Registrar
  3. A 8-10 Chair
  4. Female Hockey Chair
  5. House League (5-6)
  6. Referee In Chief
  7. Direct Entry Chair (14+)
  8. Equipment Chair
  9. Initiation Program Convenor

For more information, email secretary@sbmha.ca

Posted: April 15, 2019


The Saint Boniface Minor Hockey Association (SBMHA),through its elected or appointed officials, have the authority to discipline any player, team official, team follower, parent or member. The President shall ensure that written policy or regulations exist with respect to the application of discipline that ensures that each disciplinary incident is dealt with consistently within the process set out below

Click here to read the entire policy document

Posted: December 20, 2018

2019 March Meltdown Tournament

March 8th-17th, 2019

Posted: December 5, 2018

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Updated: September 5, 2018

Novice Half-Ice Program

Beginning in the 2018 – 2019 season, players in the Novice age category (7-8 yrs) will play on a half-ice surface for the duration of the season. This builds on the introduction to Hockey Manitoba’s Novice half-ice program developed in 2017 – 2018, with modifications to improve engagement, development and the overall experience for our young players. The current model incorporates core elements and concepts from both Hockey Canada’s Novice guidelines and Hockey Manitoba’s Novice guidelines from 2017 – 2018.

The new half-ice format continues age appropriate modifications into the Novice Program with the Long Term Player Development model and philosophy as the fundamental basis for change. Players at the Novice level require a continued focus on physical literacy while also beginning to develop some of the more advanced individual skills inherent in the game. By moving from cross-ice at Initiation to half-ice at Novice, we increase the size of the ice surface in accordance with the increase in the size of player. This modified ice will continue to provide players with an environment that is more inclusive, competitive and conducive to skill development through puck touches and puck control, shots, passes completed, transitions, decision making, puck support, overall involvement…and FUN! In addition, with the creation of the new Development Zone, kids will have up to 40% more ice time during games

Additional information on the changes can be found on the Hockey Manitoba website.

posted: July 31, 2018

2015-16 Initiation Program changes

Hockey Manitoba has passed the following changes for the Initiation Program. SBMHA will be adopting the changes starting with the 2015-16 season.

While many other sport organizations have modified their games to focus on ensuring that all young players are having fun and developing basic skills, hockey is one of the last sports to follow suit. It is important for the Long Term Athlete Development Framework that our sport joins the motion of developing fundamental skills and physical literacy before gearing towards competition. Though competition is neither good nor bad, it is important for the players to learn athleticism and sportsmanship before being rushed beyond their maturation and skill set. In an effort to embrace these concepts Hockey Manitoba has moved forward with the following motion applicable to the Initiation Program for the 2015-16 season.

All games and practices at the initiation level shall use modified ice surfaces consisting of cross-ice sections as of the 2015-16 season.

Long term player development research shows us that reducing the size of the playing surface offers more opportunity for skill development and greater participation from all players. More decisions, quicker reactions, finding open space, reading pressure, offensive/defensive body position, puck pressure, containment, etc… all of which equals an improved hockey sense. More puck touches, more passes, more shots, and more fun…all of which helps with player retention.


Further information is available on the Hockey Manitoba website: http://www.hockeymanitoba.ca/players/ip-program


posted: July 28, 2015

The Drill Book for Coaches

TheDrillbook.com is a free coaching and player development platform that delivers cutting edge on-ice programming, coaching assistance, and practice planning tools. Coaches registered within Winnipeg Minor Hockey will have the opportunity to utilize the resources available through TheDrillbook.com during the 2014-15 season.

“This partnership is a great opportunity for our volunteer coaches throughout Winnipeg. We want to provide our coaches high quality resources and information to assist them in the growth and development of our great game,” says Monte Miller, Executive Director of Hockey Winnipeg.

The platform will custom load information, practice plans and videos based on the age level of team/players. The software is state of the art technology and the delivery system allows coaches to access a wealth of information and knowledge and share this information with their players and parents quickly and easily. Coaches also can build practices in video, and manage all aspects of their team activities.

To access the free resources, coaches can go to www.thedrillbook.com or under Coach Resources on this website.


posted: Nov 12. 2014

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