Instructional Program

The Ancaster Avalanche Girls Hockey Association is excited to announce that we will be offering our Instructional Program (IP) again during the 2018/2019 season. We have again partnered with the amazing team from Pro Hockey Life Academy.

The program is open to girls currently registered with AAGHA or to any girl that would like to give hockey a try. The program will provide a fun, supportive learning environment that will encourage young players to further develop their skills and their love for the game.

The goal of the AAGHA is to provide quality opportunities to our girls so they can reach their fullest potential as hockey players and strong, confident young ladies. This program will offer our young players an opportunity to develop their core hockey skills. In response to the program’s popularity, we have made arrangements this year to accommodate up to 45 girls. Spots fill up quickly, please register early to avoid disappointment. Registration details are included below.

Who Is This Program For?

Hockey Canada developed the IP to make children’s first contact with hockey a safe and positive experience. It's a structured, learn-to- play hockey program designed to introduce beginners to the game's basic skills. It enables participants to become contributing members of a team effort, develop self-confidence, and experience a sense of personal achievement. These goals are achieved in an atmosphere of fun and fair play. Just as the future of Canadian society lies with our youth, so too does the future of hockey. Hockey Canada and the OWHA understand the important role it plays in helping beginning hockey players to develop playing attitudes and foster an enjoyment of hockey as a lifetime sport and hobby.

The Philosophy of the IP Program is:

  • To have fun while playing hockey and engaging in physical activity.
  • To learn the basic skills required to play the game of hockey.
  • To develop an understanding of basic teamwork through participation in a variety of activities and adapted game situations.
  • To create and refine basic motor patterns.
  • To be introduced to the concepts of cooperation and fair play.

Program Focus

Developing basic hockey skills:

  • Skating
  • Puck Handling
  • Stopping
  • Passing
  • Turning
  • Shooting

The Hockey Canada Initiation Program Teaches Hockey skills and much more!

Local SPOKESPEOPLE for the Instructional Program (HCIP)

Geraldine Heaney and Laura Fortino

"This program sets the foundation for all future enjoyment and success our young players will have in the sport of hockey. How a player gets that first taste of hockey is crucial. If the beginner has fun, developing some basic skills and building confidence, there is a good chance that player will go on to enjoy hockey for many years."
- Geraldine Heaney  

"I believe it is important for every player to have access to the best program in the world for developing skills while having fun. Learning the basic skills in practice at a young age is so important, because it allows the children to skate more, make more passes, take more shots on net and have the puck on their stick more than in any game."
- Laura Fortino

Program Details
The program consists of sixteen one hour sessions with some of the most qualified, experienced coaches/ instructors in Southern Ontario. It will run on Tuesday evenings from 5:00-6:00pm at Spring Valley Arena in Ancaster.  The program will take place on the following dates:

Oct 9, 16, 23, 30
Nov 6, 13, 20, 27
Dec 4, 11, 18
Jan  8, 15, 22, 29
Feb 5
Number of Participants - Max 45

$200 for players currently registered with the AAGHA. That’s only $12.50 per session!
$250 for persons not currently registered in the AAGHA. The extra cost is to cover our insurance obligation. Current association members have already paid the insurance as part of their registration fee.

The AAGHA would like to ensure that all our youngest and first time players have a chance to benefit from this incredible program we will restrict registration to Novice, Atom and first-time players in Peewee only until the last day of September 2018. After this date, if spots are available registration will be open to all girls on a first come, first served basis. All Novice and Atom players are encouraged to take advantage of this incredible opportunity.

Enroll your daughter in the IP program TODAY! You can register online.

Register Now!

For more information on this program, please contact:

Dan Starr
AAGHA Development Director
Pro Hockey Life Academy can be reached at,


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