There are many reasons why a player may be interested in playing competitive hockey. Hockey is Canada’s game. It’s on TV and it’s on the news every night of the week. Many players simply want to play more hockey games, at a faster and more intense level, as close as possible to what they see on TV.
Encouraging children to enjoy sports and promoting their confidence at an early age helps to ensure later participation in physical activity. Few people who were physically inactive as children become more active as adults.
Some of the many benefits of sport participation for children include:
Healthy growth of bones, muscles, ligaments and tendons
Reduced risk of obesity and increased cardiovascular fitness
Enhanced coordination, balance and over-all athletic ability
Improved social skills, including cooperation and leadership
Educational scholarships and Career opportunities
Players and Parents are encouraged to review the information below, remembering that BMHA does offer opportunities to off-set some of the increased financial burden associated with each of these levels.
We have entered into a partnership beginning in 2015-16 with the Gloucester Centre Minor Hockey Association and the Orleans Minor Hockey Association to operate Rep B teams from U11 to U18 levels for players across the three Associations. At this time the teams are simply referred to as “The Blues”.
Competitive or Representative “B” has been the first level of competitive hockey in our area for more than 30 years, and is the first step up from House League hockey.
Rep B games are with body checking at all levels above U13.
Rep B games are 90 minutes in length at all levels above U13.
Rep B teams play more league games than at house league level, e.g. U11 teams play 50% more games.
Rep B teams generally practice more than house league teams and also typically engage special “dryland training” for further conditioning and core strength.
Whether you are a player, parent or a potential coach, this document is meant to help explain what you may expect from being on a Rep B team.
Rep B game schedules and league standings are all posted on the Ottawa B Hockey League website.
For information about the Blues Rep B try out sign up process, please visit blueshockey.ca once you have registered with the BMHA for further information and to submit your try-out application and payment.
For those who are feeling a little more competitive, the next step up from Rep B is Gloucester Rangers Minor Hockey.
Where "The Blues" is teams of Blackburn, Orleans and Gloucester (only) players, the Rangers are teams of Players coming from all across the GHA.
It is harder to make a Gloucester Rangers team; it is more travel & commitment (both time & money) if you are successful; but it is a harder, faster and an overall higher level of hockey when you play there.
The Ranger teams play competitive "AA" & "A" hockey against all other hockey districts in Eastern Ontario - Pembroke & Brockville to Hawkesbury & Cornwall.
Information can be found at gloucesterrangers.com
Ottawa Junior 67's
In general, the highest level (Tier 1) of minor hockey is AAA.
This is the level with the maximum time & maximum financial commitments, but it's also the highest level of hockey played in each and every age group that they compete in.
For AAA hockey, BMHA players are entitled to tryout for the Ottawa Junior 67's AAA Hockey Club.
Information can be found at Ottawa Junior 67's Website.
Ottawa Jr. 67's game schedules and league standings are all posted on the league's official website
NOTE: The Gloucester Rangers AA are our Tier 1, for any age groups where there is no AAA being offered (younger age groups).