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Novice Hockey
With the cross-ice and half-ice hockey season beginning on December 1 for Novice players across our province, Hockey Nova Scotia wanted to provide more information to assist with these new changes. Below, you will find a guide that will explain some of these new changes.

Between December 1, 2017 and January 15, 2018, Novice teams will only be allowed to play cross-ice and half-ice games. The cross-ice and half-ice formats are proven to get young players more involved in the game.

This modified ice surface that will encourage and promote development. This change will improve and assist with the development of young players by getting them more involved with the game through increased puck touches, shots, completed passes, and transitions.

After January 15, 2018, teams will be allowed to play a maximum of 15 full-ice games. Teams will also still be allowed to play games on a modified ice surface (like cross-ice or half-ice hockey).


Hockey Nova Scotia is providing a Novice Hockey Guide for the upcoming season for parents and Minor Hockey Associations to assist with this transition. To view the guide, please click here or see below.

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