EVHA's ice management system ensures teams are allotted a fair cut of available practice ice.
Mites practice and play on most Saturday and Sundays, though times between the morning and afternoon. The schedule will be published with a minimum of 2 weeks notice.
Most weekends will be at Hayes or Apple Valley Sports Arena. Older levels (2nd and 3rd grade) will have an additional practice mid-week two to four times per month.
You can expect 3-6 (sometimes more) events per week depending on age and level.
Each team will be assigned practice ice by the ice coordinator. Usually, practice ice will be at the following rinks:
Due to limited ice availability, we may also have practices at other community rinks including:
Other rinks will be used depending on coach practice requests and available ice.
Games will be played throughout the south metro with District 8 West teams. This ranges from Inver Grove Heights, Rosemount, to Eagan, Lakeville and Farmington. There are 16 games - 8 home and 8 away. Away games will be played at the opponent's home ice, home games will usually be played at Hayes or AVHS, but could be at any of the other locations listed above.
Each team generally attends three away tournaments. Typically, two are within the Twin Cities or surrounding area (within 1 hour drive), and the third is outstate. Plan for a full weekend of hockey and fun!
The association receives outdoor ice from the City of Apple Valley. Between mid-November and late February depending on ice conditions. Teams are able to sign up for EVHA's allotted slots for no additional charge!
Dry-land Training for Traveling Players
EVHA does not include dry-land training during the season. Coaches may decide to add dry-land training. There are a few facilities used for this including Eagan Ice Arena's off-ice area.