U9 Evaluations

   

Updated October 27th, 2021

U9 Teams

 

We have concluded forming our U9 Teams for the year.  We are planning for all U9 teams to have a practice on Saturday and most teams on Sunday this weekend.  The specific times and schedule will be sent out to the teams by the end of the day Friday.  The Saturday practice time could be between 8:45am-2:45pm, and on Sunday between 8am-3pm.  All U9 practices will be at HRM 4-Pad.

We have been able to complete all of the teams with Head Coaches.  Thank you to everyone who stepped up to volunteer!  We may still have some room for additional Assistant Coaches depending on the team, so if you're interested in being added in, just let us know and we'll see if there space.

The teams are also going to be in need of Managers and Safety Reps so there's lots of ways for everyone to get involved!

Please let Nancy Oldford, U9 Coordinator, at n.oldford@bedfordblues.com or myself know if you can please help the kids by volunteering in any of the remaining open roles.  Any further new information will be communicated out directly from your team or posted online in the U9 News or specific U9 team webpages once we get those up and running.

Thanks very much and we wish everyone a great 2021-2022 season!

Denise

 

ADVANCING 1    
1st Practice Monday Oct 25th at 4:15pm    
Rink B HRM 4-Pad    
Head Coach: Craig Lynk  
BRYAN LYNK  
BRODY GLOVER  
CARTER KING  
CAYDE KLEYNHANS  
EVANDER PETERS  
EVERETT GLESSING  
EVERETT CAMPBELL  
GRIFFIN STEVENS  
ISAAC FIELDEN  
JETT DOUCET  
LUCAS ROSCOE  
LUKE GIMBLETT  
MAX KENNEDY  
NATHAN HANN  
OWEN TAYLOR  
ROMAN GILLIS  
TRISTAN PLAMONDON  
SASCHA DUNFORD-WOODS GOALIE

 

ADVANCING 2    
1st Practice Tuesday Oct 26th at 4:15pm  
Rink B  HRM 4-Pad    
Head Coach : Mark Clare  
AIDAN BURRY  
ALEXANDER MACDONALD  
ALEXANDER LANDRY  
DAWSON MACISAAC  
ETHAN MACISAAC  
HUNTER CLARE  
ILAN DHURMEEA  
JACK DOUGLAS  
JACKSON MACDONALD  
LIAM PICCOTT  
LUCA DIREMIGIO  
MAXIME BETHUNE  
MAXIMUS BYRNE  
MAXIMUS LEFAVE  
OLIVER JEWELL  
OWEN MACDONALD  
TIMOTHY ABAD  
ZACHARY PEVERIL GOALIE

 

ADVANCING 3    
1st Practice Tuesday Oct.26th at 4:15pm  
Rink D HRM 4-Pad    
Head Coach: Rob Dickson  
AIDAN STEWART  
AIDEN DOMINIC  
BRADEN TULLY  
CARTER SMITH  
COHEN AUCOIN  
GRAYDON PIETARINEN  
ISABELLA MACMULLIN  
JACE DOWNEY  
LIAM DICKSON  
LOGAN STONER  
LUKE SHEEHAN  
MARIANO RUIZ  
MAXTON CHURCHILL  
NIKITA GRIDIN  
REID MAIDMENT  
ROWAN HURLEY  
THEO DENNY  
ROWAN JONES GOALIE

 

U9 Intermediate

INTERMEDIATE 1  
Head Coach : Brad Taylor
1st Practice Wednesday Oct 27th at 4:15pm 
HRM 4-Pad RINK D
BLAKE MACCORMACK
BLAKE RYERSON
CASH COUTINHO
CRUZ COUTINHO
DREW TAYLOR
DYLAN MOSHER
ELIN THOMSON
GABRIEL MCLEOD
GAVIN BOUDREAU
HENRY HUDGIN
JASE COSSABOOM
KYLER TUFTS
LEO MILBERRY
LUCAH POWER
MICHAEL MACLEAN
NICHOLAS BLACKWOOD
THEODORE MACLEAN
YUCHAN JEON
   
   
INTERMEDIATE 2  
Head Coach : Brian Surette
1st Practice Wednesday Oct 27th at 4:15pm 
HRM 4-Pad RINK D
ASHER LEFEBVRE
BECKETT PRICE
BEN LACROIX
BEN DAVIDSON
CALLIE BOWMAN
COOPER WALSH
COOPER LACROIX
EASTON MUNDLE
ELLIOT JOUDRIE
EMMETT HILTON
HUNTER KNEE
MEYER SCHNARE
NOAH BLAIR
NOAH BREWER
OLIVER POWER
SILAS SURETTE
TAYLOR CAMERON
TRAVIS BAKER
   
   
INTERMEDIATE 3  
Head Coach : Andrew Leonard
1st Practice Wednesday Oct 27th at 4:15pm 
HRM 4-Pad RINK  B
ASHER ORMAN
ASHTON MACWILLIAMS
ATTICUS MCFARLANE
EMILY COMER
ETHAN FOX
ETHAN THORNTON
ISAIAH YOUNG
JACK REID
JIACHENG PENG
JOSHUA CARTWRIGHT
LUKE MERRICK
MADELEINE ISENOR
MASON DURDLE
MAX OUELLETTE
ROSEMARY BRAMWELL
TYLER ROWE
YICHENG AIDEN YUAN
ZOEY LEONARD                             GOALIE
   
   
INTERMEDIATE 4  
Head Coach : Charlie Dunn
1st Practice Wednesday Oct 27th at 4:15pm 
HRM 4-Pad RINK 4
AVERY PETERS
BECKETT HURLEY
CAMDYN GILES
CHARLIE BING
CONNELL YOUNG
DANIELLE ACKER
DAX WALSH
ELLIE NASH
ERIC REIMER
JAKE MACKINNON
JAXSEN OAKE
JAY ISENOR
LAURA JOHNSTONE
LIAM DUNN
LUKE HARTLEN
NOAH GILLIS
SAMUEL MACKINNON
WINSTON CULLUM

 

U9 Developmental

Developmental 1   
1st Practice TBA  
Coaches : Ben Murray and Jason MacDonald  
ANDRII ROIENKO
BECKETT MURRAY
BLAKE HOGAN
BRYER GRANT
CAMERON MCLEARN
CAMERON HUME
CAMERON SPARKS
EMMETT LEPAGE
HUDSON CUZNER
JOSEY KOGON
LAWRENCE BAILLIE
PAISLEY O'HANLON
SADIE LEWIS
SEAMUS MCDONALD
SETH MROZ
TERENCE BAI

 

Developmental 2  
1st Practice Thursday Oct 28th at 4:15pm  
HRM 4-Pad RINK B  
Coaches : Trevor MacLean and Greg MacDonald  
AENGUS ALLEN
ALEXANDER CHEUNG
ARIELLE GRANT
AUGUSTUS RUDOLPH
BLAKE PARKER
BRODY MACDONALD
CECELIA ARMSTRONG
DANIEL RAEE
DORIAN HUSKA-REGULAR
EMILY PARKER
HAWKSLEY SWAIN
JOSHUA RAMJEESINGH
LIAM MACLEAN
LOGAN ISENOR
SIRUI (SILAS) LIU
TESSA MITCHELL

 

Developmental 3   
1st Practice TBA  
Coach : Tim Osborne  
ALEXANDER SPENCER
BLAIR JONES
BOWEN WANG
DENIS KOSENOK
EVAN CAMPBELL
JAYE BARRETT
JOSHUA WILCOX ALONSO
KELTIN MACNEIL
LUKE OSBORNE
MACKENZIE HADDON
MAXIM BERTELLI
NICHOLAS COOPER
RISHABH VIVEK
ROSE MACAULAY
SHAUN JAGGI
ZIXUAN HE

 

Developmental 4  
1st Practice Thursday Oct 28th at 4:15pm  
HRM 4-Pad RINK B  
Coach: : James Rathbun  
CHARLIE WALSH
ERIC LEBLANC
HARRISON MCALLISTER
JETT GRAHAM
JOSEPH TUCKER
LUKA LANDRY
MADELINE HERMAN
MATTHEW ADAMS
MAX GRAHAM
MAX JACKMAN
MILA HARLEY
NATHAN TUTTY
OAKE LEGERE
OSCAR AUSTEN
WILTON KAVANAUGH
XAVIER MACQUARRIE

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

U9 2021-2022 Season

 

Here is some information for U9 players and parents about the upcoming season.  Some of this information is based on past years, and as such, is subject to change at any point.  We’re hoping for a more normal hockey season this year!  

 

1.     Registration and Evaluations Dates: 

 

Registration has closed as of September 9th.  Any player wishing to play hockey this season should already be registered; otherwise, it could have an impact on Evaluations and your child’s placement on a team.

 

Evaluations are currently scheduled for:

  1. Timing evaluation on either Monday October 12th, Tuesday October 13th or Wednesday October 14th during your player's assigned ice time.
  2. Saturday October 16th 11am-6pm
  3. Sunday October 17th 9am-5pm
  4. One of Monday October 18th, Tuesday October 19th or Wednesday October 20th 4:15pm-6:15pm on these days.

 

It is the responsibility of the parents to check the Bedford Blues website for final notification of when Evaluations will be taking place, and the specific times and groups on the dates: https://bedfordblues.com/

 

2.     Pre-Evaluation Ice Times

 

We have 3 pre-evaluation ice times booked for each player.  These will be taking place on:

  • Saturday October 2nd 8:45am-3pm
  • Sunday October 3rd  8am-2pm
  • One of Monday Oct 4/Tuesday Oct 5/Wednesday Oct 6  4:15pm-6:15pm 

 

The fourth session on Tuesday Oct 12/Wednesday Oct 13/Thursday Oct 14 is the start of the evaluation process and will include evaluation timing that will help form the basis for the Saturday Oct 16th groups.  These times are for sorting purposes only for the Saturday Oct 16th groups and will not be a part of the player's overall score.  More information about your player’s assigned time for each day will be posted online on the Bedford Blues website: http://www.bedfordblues.com

 

These are in accordance with Hockey Canada guidelines on having all players have some scheduled practices prior to their Evaluation sessions.  While not mandatory, we encourage all U9 players to come out and get some practice ice times in during these 3 sessions.  Due to the large numbers of players involved, we cannot accommodate requests to change groups for these skates.

 

 

3.     What are Evaluations?  Are they Try-Outs?

 

Evaluations are when players are evaluated on their skill and then placed on teams with other players at the same skill level.  Evaluations are not try-outs. U9 players are not competing for a specific team; there is no draft nor will they be cut.

 

4.     What are the different levels in U9? How many teams are there? 

 

There are three levels of U9 Hockey – Developmental, Intermediate and Advancing.

Last year BDMHA had 4 Developmental Teams, 3 Intermediate Teams, and 3 Advancing Teams. This may change from year to year.  All of these teams are co-ed.

 

5.     What skills are being evaluated?  How do Evaluations take place*?   

 

In the past players were evaluated on their skating, stick handling and playing ability.  The evaluations will start with several timing stations during the time assigned to your player on Tuesday Oct 12, Wednesday Oct 13 and Thursday Oct 14th.  These times will then help form the basis for the groups on Saturday October 16th.  These timing sessions are for sorting purposes only for Sat Oct 16th and will not be a part of the player's overall score.

 

Following these sessions, a schedule with player groupings will be posted on the Bedford Blues website by Friday October 15th. Players will be scheduled for one hour on Saturday October 16th.  Players will then be regrouped after Saturday’s Evaluations, and scheduled for an additional hour on Sunday October 17th.  After Sunday, players will be regrouped and assigned a time on Monday October 18th, Tuesday October 19th or Wednesday October 20th.

 

On arrival each player will be assigned a specific jersey and will perform approximately 2-4 drills or stations. Each player will perform each drill or station a number of times (approximately 3 times). There will be at least one Evaluator (a person not associated with any U9 player) responsible for evaluating one drill for all groupings to ensure consistency in the evaluation of that drill (last year we were fortunate enough to have 2 Evaluators per drill).   

 

Only players and Evaluators are allowed inside the actual rink while the Evaluations are taking place.  Parents, siblings, friends, etc need to remain outside the actual ice area of the rink during the Evaluation sessions. 

 

After these Evaluations, players will be assigned to either Advancing, Intermediate or Developmental – this will be the level they will play at this year. 

 

*The above information is based on past practice and subject to change. 

 

 

6.     How come my player didn’t make U9 Advancing in first year? 

 

Please remember that players are placed on teams with other players at the same skill level.   First year U9 players will be evaluated with second year U9 players. There are close to 200 players at the U9 level – half are returning U9 players and half are moving up from U7.

 

By the mere fact that half of the U9 players are at least one year older, it usually implies that they are just a little bit stronger, faster and have one more year of experience playing hockey at the U9 level.

 

Please do not be discouraged if your player is placed in the Developmental Level at any stage. In fact, have a realistic expectation that your player will start at this level and maybe next year move up to the Intermediate or Advancing levels (because they will then be the second year player who is stronger, faster and more experienced).  

 

For reference of the 2018-2019 season, 3 first year U9 players made Advancing teams, and 22 first year U9 players made Intermediate teams out of approximately 100 first year players.  75 first year U9 players played at the Developmental level that year.

 

 

7.     What is included in the registration cost? Do they play “real” games?     

 

Registration includes shared practice times and half-ice games. You can expect to be at the rink up to 3 times a week.   The U9 team schedules are not necessarily set on a particular day/time for the year, like U7 generally was.  The team practice and game schedules will be changing each week.  Some practice times will be as early as 4pm on a weekday and 7am on the weekends, and practice times can rotate each week.  The schedule changes and it will not be set far in advance – it’s like that for the rest of hockey.

 

ALL teams, regardless of level, will only practice up until the end of November with no games. Starting December 1st, all teams will play half ice games for the remainder of the season during their game ice times. Practices will also continue for the remainder of the year during their practice ice times.  Games are played usually once per week and scores are not kept.

 

 

8.      Are there additional costs?

 

On the consensus of the team, there are normally additional funds (called seed money) collected to cover the costs of jamborees, additional ice times, team functions etc.

 

These additional costs could start at $100-$200 per player. Some teams collect this money from parents at the beginning of the season to determine what tournaments to sign up for and how much additional ice times they can purchase.   This is in addition to the regular registration fee and is often due early in the season.

 

 

9.      What about Goalies?

 

We need Goalies – especially since we are playing half ice games all season!

 

BDMHA is a huge supporter in building Goalies. We will provide goalie equipment for the U9 Age players. If your player is interested, please encourage them to give it a try. The role of the Goalie is shared among all of the players on the team at the U9 level.

 

For those players interested in only playing Goalie, there is a separate stream for Goalie evaluations during the general U9 Evaluations in October.   Please indicate on your registration form that your player is interested in being evaluated as a goalie.  This is intended for players entering their second year of U9.

 

 

10.  What about Female Players in U9?

 

We encourage female players to register with the Bedford Blues as all of our teams are co-ed.  Females that want to play on a co-ed team will register with Bedford Minor Hockey, and those who want to play on an all female team will register with Metro West Force.

 

Female players must make the decision if they are going to play on a co-ed or all-female team BEFORE Evaluations begin (ie when you register your player).    

 

Second year U9 Players that played on an all-female hockey team in their first year are definitely eligible to play co-ed in their second year if they'd like. All players who register with Bedford Minor Hockey (female and male) will be evaluated together.

 

 

11.  Do you need Head Coaches, Assistant Coaches and Managers?

 

With approximately 10 different teams – we need 10 Head Coaches and 10 Managers! Each team will also need approximately 4 or 5 Assistant Coaches too!

 

Please consider taking on the role of Head Coach or Manager. There is no hockey without parents volunteering.  BDMHA has a great support system to provide you with assistance and guidance. If you want to learn more, please ask! 

 

There are some courses and background checks that need to be completed, but coaches have until the end of November to get these done. With the exception of the background checks that need to be redone every 3 years, the coaching courses and certifications only need to be completed once.

 

Any Coach or Manager who started coaching three years ago will need to renew their Criminal Record Check (CRC) with Vulnerable Sector check.

 

Note: Teams are not created until all Evaluations have taken place. Once Evaluations are completed and players are placed in one of the three levels, then the association looks at who is interested in being a Coach or Manager. If you are interested in coaching more than one team or changing your interest from Assistant Coach to Head Coach, please let the U9 Coordinator or VP U7 and U9 know as soon as possible as it helps with creating teams in a timely fashion.       

 

 

12.  Player Requests

 

If you are requesting to be placed on the same team as another player, please note that we can only accept 1 request per player as a consideration.  The family of the other player must also send the same request, and these must be received before Evaluations begin. 

 

We can’t guarantee that we can accommodate all requests as we need to balance teams with skill level, number of Coaches, Assistant Coaches, Managers, etc but we will do our best to help when we can if the players are placed at the same level after Evaluations are complete.

 

Have Fun!

At this age the kids want to play the sport and have fun with their friends. We want the U9 level to be a positive experience for you and your player!

 

Contact Information:

 

For clarification on information in this document please contact Denise Crowell, VP U7 and U9  at d.crowell@bedfordblues.com

or Nancy Oldford, U9 Coordinator at n.oldford@bedfordblues.com