The Alternative Youth Hockey League (AYHL) is a private in-house league created to provide families with a significantly better option for youth Hockey development. The AYHL leverages the Calgary Hockey Development Centre's facility to provide a comprehensive development option under one roof. Using a "one fee, one location, one schedule" model, families can now enjoy an affordable hockey season without all the added stress of sporadic scheduling, fundraising, volunteering, early morning ice times and driving to different locations. 

The HDC Difference 

  • ALL AYHL games and practices located at the Hockey Development Centre (HDC)

  • Smaller team sizes

  • HDC ice (1:2 ratio of an NHL ice surface, with all line markings)

  • No fundraising/cash calls/volunteering

  • 2 set prime-time practices per week 

  • Minimum one prime-time game/week - 21 game season

  • Customized nets for Pipsqueaks Division (if required)

  • Set yearly schedule with no pre 7:45 am ice

  • A dedicated website and TeamSnap

  • Year-End full ice tournament 

  • Jerseys, socks and helmet stickers and water bottles

  • Refs, Scorekeeper and Insurance provided

  • On-site pro-shop and coffee station

  • Children's play area 

  • No boundary restrictions


Program Goals

  • Provide a superior and comprehensive hockey development program for young athletes

  • Provide the best value program for parents 

  • Create a team of similarly skilled players looking for an elite experience 

  • Recruit parents and players that align to the overarching development objectives 

  • Improve the four pillars of development "physical- mental- emotional-social"

  • Create responsible, accountable respectful players 

  • Put players on a trajectory for success


Need more information? Please contact hockeydevelopmentcentre@calgaryhdc.ca or visit hdcleagues.ca


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