AYHL - Fall/Winter 2021/2022


The Alternative Youth Hockey League (AYHL) was created to provide families with a significantly better option for youth Hockey development. The AYHL leverages the Calgary Hockey Development Centre's facility to provide a comprehensive development option under one roof. Using a "one fee, one location, one schedule" model, families can now enjoy an affordable hockey season without all the added stress of sporadic scheduling, fundraising, volunteering, early morning ice times and driving to different locations. 

The HDC Difference 

  • Smaller team sizes
  • HDC ice (1:2 ratio of an NHL ice surface, with all line markings)
  • Lower fees with no fundraising/cash calls/volunteering
  • 2 set prime-time practices per week 
  • Minimum one prime-time game/week
  • Up to 10 hrs of dry-land, video review and sports education
  • Superior coaching and coaching development
  • Goalie training
  • Customized 5 oz pucks for Tyke Division
  • Customized nets for Pipsqueaks Division
  • Set yearly schedule with no pre 8:00am ice
  • Dedicated website and TeamSnap
  • 1 tournaments per year 
  • Jerseys, socks and helmet stickers
  • Insurance
  • On-site pro-shop and coffee station
  • All games include warm up area, warm ups, music, referees, and score-keeping
  • Children's play area 
  • No boundary restrictions


Program Goals

  • Provide a superior and comprehensive hockey development program for young athletes
  • Provide the best value program for parents 
  • Create a team of similar skilled players looking for an elite experience 
  • Recruit parents and players that align to the overarching development objectives 
  • Improve the four pillars of development "physical- mental- emotional-social"
  • Create responsible, accountable respectful players 
  • Put players on a trajectory for success




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