Hockey Canada has approved national policies that mandate all U9 aged players receive age-appropriate programming on half-ice surfaces effective for the 2019-20 season. This mandate will see U9 game play in HEO move to a half ice format for the start of the 2019-20 season.
In response to this new mandate, and the changes it required, Hockey Eastern Ontario created a U9 Task Group with representatives from HEO, HEO Minor, Districts, MHAs and Officiating. The role of the task group was to develop a Branch plan and strategy for the implementation of this policy mandate.
** New ** Read Revised U9 Pathway Policy here – updated June 6, 2022