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New to Hockey?

Below are short answers to several Frequently Asked Questions about Minneapolis Hockey Association and getting your youth started playing hockey.  If you have additional questions or wondering about a specific situation, please feel free to reach out to one of the MHA Board Members.

What is MHA?

Minneapolis Hockey Association, nicknamed the “Storm”, is a competitive, community based hockey organization.  Our association is a member of Minnesota Hockey and USA Hockey, the primary governing bodies of youth hockey in our state and country. 

My daughter/son is interested in hockey, how do I get them started?

There are several avenues for getting your player started with hockey.  Ultimately, they’ll need to learn how to skate. Skating lessons are not required prior to jumping into hockey, but it is highly recommended. There are many skating lesson options around the metro area to help your player feel comfortable on the ice. SQSA is a skating association based at Parade Ice Gardens here in Minneapolis that offers a great program where many MHA players got their start.

If your player is ready to jump into hockey, with or without skating lessons, MHA offers great programming for beginner players to grow their skills, build relationships and have a ton of fun in the process. Our In House Program is a fantastic way to get started.

There are also options to test the waters before committing to a full season of organized hockey.  The Minnesota Wild sponsored “Little Wild” program is a mini learn to play program targeting new players. Another option is to couple skating lessons with MPRB floor hockey. Or, simply head to your local outdoor rink in the winter and jump into a game.

Who is eligible to play hockey with MHA?

Any player living or attending a school in the City of Minneapolis within the area south of 94/394 may register to play with MHA.  Under unique circumstances, a player living or attending school outside of this boundary may be approved by Minnesota Hockey to waive in to MHA (however, this is extremely rare).

How do I register my son/daughter with MHA?

MHA typically opens registration for the upcoming season in August and has several levels of play based on age and gender.  Simply navigate to the registration link posted at the top of our home page, follow the prompts and select the level and division that fits your player.

The In House program is for girls and boys between the ages of 4 – 8 years old (click here for specific birth date eligibility).  Players in this age range should register for one of the following divisions:

  • Mighty Mite/6U – beginner level for boys and girls, typically 4-6 years old or Pre-K/K
  • 8U – girls players ages 7-8 years old, or 1st – 3rd grade
  • Mites – boys players ages 7-8 years old, or 1st – 3rd grade

Players 9 and older should register for one of the following divisions:

  • Squirts (boys)/10U (girls): 9 or 10 yo, generally 4th and 5th grade
  • Peewees (boys)/12U (girls): 11 or 12 yo, generally 6th and 7th grade
  • Bantams (boys)/15U (girls): 13 or 14 yo, generally 8th and 9th grade

Please visit the respective program pages for more details about what to expect from the In House and Traveling programs.

What equipment does my player need and where can I purchase it?

Each must player must wear the equipment listed below whenever on the ice.

  • HECC-approved helmet with full face guard and chin strap (place a piece of masking tape on the helmet with your child’s name on it so the coaches can call him/her by name during practice)
  • Mouth guard
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Hockey gloves
  • Protective cup (boys) or pelvis protector (girls)
  • Shin pads
  • Breezers/hockey pants
  • Skates
  • Hockey stick (must have an enclosed butt end)

In addition to the required equipment above, we strongly recommend that you provide your player with the additional following equipment:

  • Neck guard 
  • Water bottle (with long straw to fit through face guard and labeled with player’s name on it)
  • Bag to carry equipment
  • Skate guards

You will receive the following from Storm Hockey:

  • Storm jersey
  • Hockey socks

Most general sporting goods stores in the area carry youth hockey equipment (e.g. Dick’s Sporting Goods, Scheels, etc.).  There are also specialty retail stores that specialize in hockey equipment (e.g. Pure Hockey) as well as online retailers (e.g. hockeymonkey.com).  Used/Pre-owned sporting goods stores are also worth checking out, particularly at the younger ages (e.g. Play it Again, Instant Replay, etc.)

MHA also has a limited number of sets of rental equipment available.  Contact Scott Cloutier at scott_cloutier@hotmail.com for more information.

Go to http://newtohockey.com/hockey-equipment-buying-guide-for-kids/ for a good explanation of each piece of hockey equipment, so you understand why it's necessary and how it should fit on your child.

Great information on hockey stick basics are at http://usahockey.cachefly.net/Coaching/AppMaterials/SkillsAndDrills/OffIce/PuckAndSkillControlDetails.mp4.

When and where are games and practices usually scheduled?

Our In House programs (Mighty Mite/6U, Mite and Girls 8U) typically skate for an hour every Saturday and Sunday sometime between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm, November through February.  On average, players will have one game out of every 4-6 ice times, depending on level. 

Most practices and games are at Minnehaha Ice Arena or Parade Ice Garden, however, In House teams will also skate at the U of M, Northeast Ice Arena, Richfield and other surrounding ice arenas on occasion.  Teams may also utilize outdoor ice at local parks in addition to the weekend indoor ice, if available.

How much does it cost to register with MHA?

Registration fees for Mighty Mite/6U are $375 and for Mite or Girls 8U are $800.