The EVHA mite hockey program is designed to introduce children to the wonderful sport of hockey, develop basic skating/hockey skills, and of course, to make hockey fun for children and their new friends.
Groups will be divided primarily by age with a few exceptions.
Note: If you're child is old for their grade, please contact us. We may need to move them based on birth date.
Please reach out to Aaron Dwyer with questions
If you are interested in being a helper or a coach please register with EVHA. No experience is necessary to become a coach or an on ice helper but you do need your CEP level 1 through USA Hockey.
Please note - due to restrictions set by the rinks for reduced rink capacity due to COVID-19, we may not be able to accept all coaches this season.
The Mite Jamboree will be held at Hayes the last weekend in February
Date and additional details to come!
1) When is the mite hockey season?
Mites will generally play from late October through the beginning of March.
2) What days of the week do mites play?
Mites will play indoors on Saturday and Sunday each week, and on occasional weeknights when there is outside ice. 2nd grade groups typically have an indoor weeknight practice every-other-week or 2x's per month, and 3rd graders typically have an additional weeknight practice most weeks.
3) Where will the practices be held?
Most of the indoor practices will be held at the Hayes Ice Arena in Apple Valley or at the Apple Valley Sports Arena (AVSA) attached to Apple Valley High School. Occasionally we need to travel to Eagan Civic Arena or Burnsville Ice Arena when ice is not available at our usual rinks.
4) What is the cost of mite hockey?
Mite hockey costs are kept as low as possible so young players can try hockey to see if they like it. The registration fee for returning mites (prior to early registration deadline) is posted on our website prior to the season and is based on grade level. All players must register with USA Hockey before registering with EHVA. The USA Hockey fees are generally $50 or FREE depending on birth date. First year mites receive a free equipment package that includes most items except for skates, stick, and mouth guard (see itemized list handout).
5) Do the boys and girls play together?
Boys and girls do play together. When we have enough players to have girls-only teams, the girls have a choice. They can either play on a team of boys and girls, or they can register for the “all girls” team(s). The “all-girls” option is offered to make hockey more appealing to young girls. The girl mite teams will share ice time with regular mite teams (as all mite teams do) but the ice will be divided and the practices will be conducted independently.
6) What will beginner mites learn?
The emphasis of the mite program is on the development of skating/hockey skills and less on playing structured hockey games. A typical practice might have 5-10 minutes of warm up, 30 minutes of skills training, and 20 minutes of in-house scrimmage against other mites of a similar skill level. The games are informal and the mites are not allowed to check. Beginner mites will also play tag and other games that will be used to emphasize skating and having fun.
7) What if my son or daughter has not skated before?
Many first year mites are new to skates. Mites that are learning to skate will be placed on teams with other beginning skaters and will learn to skate together.
8) How many mites are on each team?
There will be about 11-15 mites on each team. Mite teams will share the ice with other mite teams at practice.
9) How old does a mite need to be?
Generally, we want our mites to be 5 by January 1 of the current season. Our player development team recommends younger players continue with skate lessons if younger. Exceptions can be made if they already have skating experience - contact our mite coordinators for more information.