Players who make the Select team must also play in LHA’s Hockey School (Tyke, Minor Novice and Novice age divisions) or House League (Minor Atom and older age divisions). In addition to a weekly Hockey School / House League session on the weekend, Select players are on the ice an additional 2 – 3 times per week as follows:
Primary practice – On either Saturday or Sunday at a local rink (1.5 hours)
Secondary practice – Many teams have a secondary practice (1 hour).
League game – One game per week (on average) is scheduled by the North York Hockey League (NYHL).
The NYHL schedules 18 – 20 regular season games during the season, followed by playoffs. Most teams also participate in 3 – 4 weekend tournaments, including the Leaside Select Invitational Tournament in February. One of these tournaments is usually out of town.
Holidays: Select league games run from October through to March. There are no games scheduled between December 25 – January 1, but games resume the first week of January. Playoff games begin at the end of February and run through March Break.
Costs: In addition to House League fees, players pay Select Team fees that are up to $2000. Equipment, apparel (including game jerseys) and NYHL gate fees ($5 per person) are extra.