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Hockey For Life

Long-Term Player Development

Simply put, a Long Term Player Development model (LTPD) is a framework to maximize a player’s potential and long term involvement in sport over the course of their life. Sport Canada’s Long-Term Player Development (LTPD) Resource Paper “Canadian Sport for Life” sets out a framework for sport development in Canada.

Hockey Canada’s Long Term Player Development (LTPD) is an eight-stage model based on the physical, mental, emotional and cognitive development of children and adolescents. Each stage reflects a different point in developing the player. The first three stages emphasize physical literacy and a broad range of sport experiences. The next five stages focus on development and competitive excellence.

Active for Life encourages life-long physical activity and informed healthy lifestyle choices with participation in hockey long after the competitive year

Player Development Resources

A wide variety of Player and Coaching resources

Age-Specific Player Development

View comprehensive age-specific player development plans for players from Initiation through Midget

It is imperative that all players are provided with the appropriate skill development to provide a foundation for their future activity in the game. Learning the fundamental skills of the game will determine their future enjoyment and success in the game. 

The goal is to develop players who are technically proficient, tactically aware, physically athletic and mentally confident. This is a comprehensive approach to player development, and we believe that this approach will maximize every player’s enjoyment of the game, and overall development.