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U11 A1 wins silver at Surrey Tournament

By webmastersmha | October 15, 2021

Our U11 A1 team won silver at this past weekend’s home tournament hosted by Surrey Minor!  Congrats to the team and coaching staff.

Message from the President – 2020-03-23

By smhawebmaster | March 23, 2020

Dear Members,  First, on behalf of our SMHA Executive Council, let me thank the entire membership for your passion, engagement and commitment to our minor hockey association. All our services and efforts are focused to provide a safe environment for all our participants (players, parents, extended families, volunteers, coaches and service providers). While this year…

SMHA Executive Council Elections Update

By smhawebmaster | March 23, 2020

All candidates for each position have now been confirmed (please see below). Due to the COVID-19 public meeting restrictions, and based on legal advice from SMHA’s legal counsel, the March 31, 2020 Election date has been put on hold until a further date – to be announced. To ensure fairness to those already nominated, no…

Atom A2 are Playoff Champions!

By smhawebmaster | March 12, 2020

SMHA had the privilege of hosting the Atom Flight 4 Final 4 at our new home arena for the first time. We are excited to announce that our very own Atom A2 team came out victorious. Congrats to all the players and coaching staff

1st Place! for Atom C3 in the Winthrop tournament

By smhawebmaster | January 18, 2020 |

A big congratulations to the Atom C3 team and coaches on capturing 1st place in the Winthrop tournament!   It looks like an amazing time playing in an outdoor rink.  Well done team!  

Atom A2 #ThunderSTRONG

By smhawebmaster | January 12, 2020

Atom A2 earns Silver at the North Delta Tournament!

By smhawebmaster | January 5, 2020

Congratulations to Atom A2 team for winning Silver at the North Delta Winter Classic Tournament.  Fantastic effort!  

Atom C2 brings home the Bronze at VMHA Canuck Place Tournament

By smhawebmaster | December 31, 2019

Congratulations to Atom C2 on the Bronze medal!  Well Done Team!  

Gold! for Surrey Atom C2 in the Sunshine Coast Winter Classic

By smhawebmaster | November 18, 2019

Surrey Atom C2 took home Gold at the Sunshine Coast Winter Classic on Sunday with a 4-3 shootout victory over Langley! It was a very exciting game with Surrey coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the 3rd period. Congrats to Surrey Atom C2 on the Championship!!!

Atom C1 earns the Gold Medal at the Vancouver Thunderbirds Remembrance Day Tournament

By smhawebmaster | November 11, 2019

The Surrey Atom C1 team won the “Van Thunderbirds Remembrance Day – Atom C Tournament”. The team went 5-0 in the tournament and won the Championship game by a score of 6-0 vs a tough Semiahmoo team. Congratulations!

SMHA Covid-19 Visiting Team Information

U11 A Pool Selections

U11 A Pool next ice time is Saturday, September 25th 10:30-11:45am Rink #2. For further ice times please reference the below table.

U11 B Pool Selections

U11 B Pool next ice time is Saturday, September 25th 1:15-2:30pm Rink #2. For further ice times please reference the below table.

U11 Rep Evaluations


U11 C Evaluations


Player Pathways

U11 (ATOM)

Effective for the 2020-2021 season, minor hockey associations across Canada will be following the U7 (formerly Initiation), U9 (formerly Novice) and U11 (formerly Atom) Player Pathways.


  • Player Pathways, as we have seen with U7 (Initiation) and U9 (Novice) Programming are progressive, learn-to-play development guides that support the player development continuum from U7 (Initiation) through to U11 (Atom).
  • The Pathways outline optimal seasonal structures and age appropriate development guidelines. 

    U11 (ATOM)

  • The U11 (Atom) Player Pathway consists of a policy and recommendations focused on the appropriate development for 9 and 10-year-old players.
  • The U11 (Atom) Pathway delivers a number of benefits to participants and their families including:
    • creating a positive experience during evaluations by providing planned pre-evaluation ice sessions
    • avoiding evaluations the first week of school
    • allowing all U11 (Atom) players to be actively playing for 100% of the season 

      U11 (Atom) Player Pathway Policy:

  1. No evaluations from March through August
    • Preparation phase can begin the Tuesday following Labour Day.Benefits: This process gives minor hockey associations and parents back their summer. The season doesn’t need to start this early only to be finished at the end of January or February; instead, it should start later and also end later. This also allows minor hockey associations a chance to get organized and begin planning.


  1. No evaluations the first week of school where school starts the week after Labour Day 
  2. Must offer a minimum of 4 practices / skill sessions prior to formal evaluations beginning.Benefits: A player’s first experience in the new hockey season should not be a formal tryout – this gives all players the opportunity to get back on the ice in a more ‘player-friendly’ scenario before being evaluated. Minor hockey associations will have the opportunity to run their own prep camps instead of members spending money outside the association.


  3. Must have a minimum of 3 formal evaluation sessions – Recommended – 1 skills session, 1 small area games session, 1 game.Benefit: Players need a fair chance to be evaluated – a standardized process will show transparency, fairness, and consistency. This also provides coaches with the foundation for a development plan based on a solid and quantifiable evaluation.


  4. Teams must have a period of development time following team selection and prior to the start of the regular season.Benefits: It is very important to provide coaches with the opportunity to develop and improve their players skills prior to getting into organized games. The progression should be skills before tactics and tactics before systems.


  5. Playoffs must be tournament style playoffs versus elimination rounds.Benefits: This gives all teams the chance to play to the same end point in the season. All players deserve the same chance to play to the end of the year, with more teams and more players playing longer into the season. This also allows more rest and recovery within the season and the regular season schedule can be spread out. In addition to providing a greater opportunity for players to participate in different activities.


  6. Fair/equal ice time (goalies rotate for equal games/playing time through season and playoffs)Benefits: Fair and equal ice time is designed to ensure that all players get the same opportunity to contribute to the outcome of games, regardless of skill or ability. A coach’s responsibility is to develop all players to contribute. Shortening of the bench is not permitted. All players should receive fair and as close to equal as possible ice time, including equal opportunities on special teams.


  7. Limit position specific specialization (except goalies), All skaters are to rotate through all positions to ensure each player has the opportunity to try out each position (forward – LW/C/RW and defence ‐LD/RD) at least once.Benefits: Players may determine that they wish to be a full-time goaltender, but it is important for all players to learn the fundamentals of every position for the overall development of the player.


    U11 (Atom) Pathway Recommendations (Minor Hockey Associations should encourage and support):

  1. Season should allow for two (2) seasonal breaks (not including Christmas / long weekends) comprised of 5 days where no scheduled games or mandatory practices take place. 
  2. Recommended maximum of 45 games per year (including tournaments and playoffs). 
  3. Small Area Games in practice / Station based practices 
  4. Ideal Seasonal Structure:
    • Preparation/Evaluation Phase:
      • The period of time prior to the season starting. (Up to 4 weeks)
      • Development Phase:
        • The period of time following tryouts prior to the regular season starting. (Up to 4 weeks, 8-12 practices, 2 exhibitions games)
      • Regular season:
        • The period of time from the first regular-season game to the start of playoffs (Up to 24 weeks, 22-44 practices, 16 to 20 games)
      • Playoffs:
        • The period of time from the end of the playoffs to the start of the next Preparation/Tryout Phase.
          • Commencing after March 15. Up to 4 weeks.
          • Must have tournament-style playoffs.
      • Offseason Phase:
        • This refers to the period of time from the end of the playoffs to the start of the next Preparation/Tryout Phase. 

          NOTE: With the implementation of the U11 (Atom) Player Pathway, Hockey Canada has made key changes to the Player Pathways at U9 (Novice) and U7 (Initiation) that will create consistency in all programming across the country and a seamless transition for players from U7 (Initiation) through to U11 (Atom) based on Long Term Player Development.


          The Policy and Recommendations for the U7 (Initiation), U9 (Novice) and U11 (Atom) Pathways have been identified with the parent and player in mind:

  • Allowing families to have their summer break back while still providing on ice opportunities ahead of evaluations
  • Giving players key seasonal breaks to allow for holidays and the chance to play other sports throughout the year
  • Establishing consistent age appropriate programming that is inline with the Long-Term Player Development. 

    Surrey Minor Hockey Association will continue their support of Hockey Canada to ensure that the policies outlined throughout this new programming are administered to provide players with the best possible hockey experience. The implementation of the U11 (Atom) Player Pathway are a step towards creating a long-lasting love for the game for all players within Hockey Canada Programming.


    Key Links:

  • Atom Pathway Presentation Guide … Hockey Canadahttps://cdn.hockeycanada.ca/hockey-canada/Hockey-Programs/Coaching/atom-program/downloads/hc-atom-pathway-resource-guide-e.pdf
  • Canadian Player Pathway (ATOM) … Hockey Canadahttps://www.bchockey.net/Files/190117%20-%20Atom%20Pathway.Presentation%20Light.v11.pdf

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