Atom – Program Overview


Welcome to the KMHA Atom House Program (Born 2003 and 2004)

As the upcoming 2013 – 2014 season is quickly approaching, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself.  My name is Ian Hames, this year’s Atom Convenor for KMHA.  This is my fifth season with KMHA and my third year as a member of the KMHA executive.  I am very honoured and excited to be responsible for the safety and development of all of your children as they grow as hockey players.  I am always available to answer all questions you may have regarding the Atom House Program.  Please note that all inquiries should be sent to

This year, the Atom House League program will be hosting 20 teams. The house program will be organized into three divisions like previous years – A, B, and C.

For information regarding the competitive program, please contact


What to expect the first three weekends

Starting on the first weekend AFTER Labour Day, the sort out process begins.  The purpose of sortouts is to ensure that your child is placed at a level where their speed and skill allows them to be a part of the game, and where their peers and opponents challenge them to improve.  The primary differentiators of a player`s ability to ‘be in the game’ at A or B levels are raw speed, transition speed and the ability to carry a puck with speed.  With over 300 players in Atom to sort, friend/coach requests will not be accepted.

On Sept 7th or 8th, your child will receive one hour of scheduled ice.  This first hour of ice time will focus on taking objective stopwatch timed evaluations in up to 5 different drills (eg. forward skating, transitions, stopping/starting, open ice w/puck and tight turns w/puck). This timing data will be a large contributing component to the sort-out placement process. It is important that you attend this evaluation.  If you are unable to attend, please contact me.

On Sept 14, 15, 21 and 22 your child will receive one hour of ice each day.  These two weekends are focused on evaluating your child during exhibition games and ensuring team balance.

In order for the sort outs to run smoothly, we need the following volunteers for the sort out weekends:  on-ice evaluators, off-ice evaluators, bench staff and registration table helpers.  If you would like to volunteer and help out with sort outs, please send me an email!  It is expected that potential head coaches participate in the evaluations.


Goalies will be evaluated separately, and will continue to be evaluated in the exhibition game schedule. Goalie registration numbers are a variable that will help to determine how best to assign goalies to our 2012-2013 teams.

What to expect for the remainder of the season

During the week of Sept 23rd to 27th, you will be contacted by your head coach. For the remainder of the season, each team will receive two hours of ice (typically one Saturday and one Sunday).  The ice times, and locations, will vary between 6am to 6pm.  Yes that’s right. There will be some early 6am mornings. Be aware that the schedule is usually released only a month at a time.

For parents that are new to Kanata Minor Hockey, please reference the following equipment information page

  • May 1 to August 31 – gather volunteers, receive and review coaching applications
  • Mid August to early September – Competitive Try-outs
  • September 7-22 – Sortouts
  • September 28 to March 02 – Regular Season
  • December 21 to December 29 – No KMHA ice will be provided, but tournaments are common
  • March 8 to March 16 – No KMHA ice will be provided, but tournaments are common
  • March 17 to April 13 – Playoffs (Easter weekend inclusive)


Interest in Coaching or Assistant Coaching

If you would like to be considered for a coaching position please contact me.  Coaches will be assigned during the sort out process.

If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me.  I look forward to meeting you in September.

Kind Regards,

Ian Hames
KMHA Atom Convenor


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