Per Hockey Alberta website …
” Hockey Canada has approved national policies that mandate all Initiation-aged players receive age-appropriate programming on cross-ice or half-ice surfaces (effective for the 2016-17 season) and Novice-aged players for the 2019-20 season. A key aspect of each policy is that each of Hockey Canada’s 13 branches can develop a provincial model that best meets the needs of its participants.
Hockey Alberta’s Intro to Hockey Model, for all players aged 5-8 years, will be in effect for the 2019-20 season. It replaces previous models and programming at the Novice and Initiation levels. However, Minor Hockey Associations can opt to make the switch, or undertake a transition process, during the 2018-19 season. ”
MHMHA will be implementing a transition process for the 2018-2019 season.
As per the Intro to Hockey Model, Novice Division will be structured as Novice Minor (2011 born players) and Novice Major (2010 born players). Full implementation of the Intro to Hockey Model will take place for the Novice Minor Division; season structure for the Novice Major Division will be similar as it was for the second half of the 2017-2018 Season.
Further information on the Intro to Hockey Model is available on Hockey Alberta Website. www.hockeyalberta.ca under Intro to Hockey found in the Players tab – including Intro. to Hockey – Model, Intro. to Hockey – Resource Guide, as well as On-Ice Study.
Attached below is a copy of the Intro to Hockey – Model (which is also available on Hockey Alberta website).