AMHA is a non-profit organization focused on fostering fun & inclusive player development & a life-long love of hockey amongst youth of northeastern Nova Scotia. Our community’s strong hockey tradition has long been based on a commitment to good sportsmanship, fair play, & diverse program development. We aim to increase hockey participation in our local community while enriching the recreational & competitive experience of players, families, coaches, & fans from U4 to U18 levels. Quality weekly skill sessions, practices, & games while supporting opportunities to grow the game equitably through different levels of representative hockey: house league, Learn to Play, female, para hockey, multi-sport programming, & a commitment to ongoing coach development.
Recreational registration on SportHub, Rep/Travel team registration on the AMHA website.
|Organization Role||Name||Phone Number|
|Age on Dec. 31 of Current Hockey Season||Age Division|
|4||Under-7 (U7) - IP4|
|5||Under-7 (U7) - IP5|
|6||Under-7 (U7) - IP6|
|7||Under-9 (U9) - Novice|
|9||Under-11 (U11) - Atom|
|11||Under-13 (U13) - Pee Wee|
|13||Under-15 (U15) - Bantam|
|15||Under-18 (U18) - Midget|
For addition info, check out the Hockey Canada Website here.
Mission: Working collaboratively to enrich the recreational and competitive experience of members through good sportsmanship, fair play and expanded program development.
Vision: A stable, sustainable association that provides quality services to its members.
Values: In fulfillment of our mission and vision, the following values will guide all decisions and actions of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association.
YES! The bulldogs have a robust sledge program that is open to all. Everyone deserves to be a bulldog. Participants with and without disabilities are welcome to join the team. Hockey Canada did a great video spotlight on this programming: https://video.hockeycanada.ca/en/c/hcc-bulldogs-building-inclusion.107708
Please don't hesitate to contact our amazing team with any comments and questions as we look to continue to grow the inclusive sledge hockey model across Nova Scotia and Canada so that everyone has the opportunity to join the amazing hockey family that we all know and love.
Follow along on the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bulldogsinclusiveparahockey
Watch this video:
"The Bulldogs Inclusive Sledge Hockey Program is a newly developed sport model that allows players with and without disabilities the opportunity to play the sport of sledge hockey together, breaking down both internal and external barriers. Para (Sledge) hockey is an adapted form of ice hockey in which athletes with a disability including spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy and limb loss can participate. The sport requires the use of sleds with 2 blades on the bottom and two short hockey sticks with picks on the butt-end of the stick to aid in movement around the ice. Players and coaches can adjust the blades width based on the specific stream they want to pursue. The closer the blades are to one another the more competitive stream the athletes can pursue due to the increased difficulty and increased speed and agility they can have. The sport has approximately 1000 participants across Canada although more commonly based in Ontario and larger cities or metropolitan centers (SHOC, 2016). The sport gives players with and without disabilities the opportunity to have a coach, teammates and consistent practices and games where they can develop their physical, mental and social growth that would otherwise be unintentionally inaccessible and excluded from due to the lack of program development in rural contexts. The sport model is unique in that it uses evidence-based practice to put theory and research into action and integrating the program at the grass roots level within the Antigonish community. This approach has developed the least restricted environment for players in which players with more severe disabilities and less severe disabilities or no disability can learn the sport and acquire all the benefits of physical activity and team sport together. Through the help of the Antigonish Minor Hockey Association our program provides youth with and without disabilities the opportunity to progress through both a competitive and recreational stream based on the goal of the individual athlete. Currently our program has 3 athletes with disabilities and 4 without disabilities. Through this our program offers a unique opportunity to change perception towards community based programs and move towards more inclusive design All kids in Antigonish want the opportunity to be a Bulldog and through sledge hockey all kids with and without a disability now have the opportunity"