TOP Hockey Academy Teams offer players a unique approach to competitive hockey by combining local practice time, competitive games and tournaments, and professional coaching, which results in a positive hockey experience for all players.
One of the biggest differentiators of the TOP Hockey program is our emphasis on player development and character building, along with a unique ski-friendly schedule, which allows players to ski on Saturdays and Sundays from January to March.
Academy teams generally feature 2-3 practices per week throughout the September to March season, as well as a local game schedule, festivals, and tournaments, depending on the age. For Academy teams at the U11 and older ages, teams participate in the Ontario Rep Hockey League, which features competitive games, scores and standings, and a full 32-game schedule. Academy teams are designed for advanced players who are at the traditional "rep" level, with tryouts taking place each April.
UCC Arena, RINX Arena, Forest Hill Arena, Phil White Arena, St. Mikes Arena, Hockey Factory
Pre-Academy U8 & U9 teams play an in-house game schedule designed to optimize development time and create a highly efficient schedule, plus a few tournaments throughout the season.
U10 Academy teams play a tournament-based schedule that provides 15-20 games per season plus 60-65 practices.
Academy teams U11 and older participate in the ORHL League as members, which equals roughly 32 games per season, including regular season, tournaments, and championships.
If you are interested in joining one of the TOP Hockey teams please email Technical Director Ian Mackenzie.
The tryout period for the 2023-2024 season is now closed. Tryouts for the 2024-2025 season will take place between April 1st-15th, 2024. Tryout applications will open in early February 2024.
Invitations to tryouts are determined based on a number of different factors including but not limited to; submitted application, past athletic experience, current skill level, family philosophies, and alignment as well as the desired team’s current skill level and roster openings.
Due to high demand, we only have a certain amount of spots open each season on any given team. An application process is required for all new players to be considered for selection. Based on open spots, only a certain number of NEW players will be accepted on each team at each age group. For entry teams (U8), 16-18 spots will be available.
No, all players from the previous season must make the team each season. Our goal with each team is to keep the skill level as close as possible and not let the gap between the top and the bottom get too large.
Selection criteria includes a current skill assessment, multi-sport history, and general family philosophy. Tryouts are used to evaluate all players who are interested in joining an existing team, including returning players from the previous season. In the event of an even comparison between two players, priority will be given to multi-sport TOP Academy athletes.
TOP Hockey teams at the U11 age and older play in the ORHL, a rep-level league based in southern Ontario. Within the ORHL, TOP teams play a 32-game regular season schedule, including 3-4 tournaments, plus a Championship Tournament at the end of March.
U8 to U10 teams play interclub games that are designed to optimize development time and create a highly efficient schedule, plus a few tournaments throughout the season.
A typical weekly schedule for a TOP Hockey Academy team features 3x practices, which can take place on weekday mornings, weeknights, and weekends. Once the schedule for the season is set, there will be minimal changes.
Pending final confirmation each season, most of our practices take place at RINX Arena, UCC Arena, Forest Hill Arena, St. Mikes Arena, Phil White Arena, or Hockey Factory Arena.
Costs for the 2023-24 TOP Hockey Academy season will range between $3,300 - $4,500 per player, depending on the team. Each registration fee is an 'all-in' cost and covers all icetime, professional coaching, games, tournaments, uniforms, and insurance expenses for that season, excluding any travel-related costs and hockey equipment.
Included Uniform: Custom TOP Titans home & away jersey, practice jersey, 2x socks, player equipment bag, and helmet stickers.
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