The Hockey Super League was established in the winter of 2017 giving youth players an alternative option to Minor Hockey in Alberta. The Hockey Super League was created to provide an opportunity for players to participate in a privately-operated program that’s goal is to develop high level hockey players and create leaders both on and off the ice. The HSL is not a registered league with Hockey Canada or Hockey Alberta, we are independent of these organizations. We believe that hockey is defined by the people who play game. We are not restricted by borders or boundaries. We are a fully insured organization that feels that athletes should not have to uproot their academic commitments to pursue a hockey program that aligns with their own developmental goals.
Our inaugural season had a total of 9 teams from 5 separate franchises that competed in two divisions, 'UP2 05' for players born after 2005 and 'UP2 07' for players born after 2007. After a successful inaugural campaign, the 2018-19 HSL season will feature a total of 33 teams across 6 divisions. HSL teams span across Alberta from Fort McMurray to Drumheller, including 11 teams from the South and 22 teams from the North.
The 2018-19 HSL season saw the release of the HSL Prep division. The HSL Prep division showcased some of the top 2005 and 2006 born players from around Alberta. This division featured many new and exciting initiatives including: modified checking, a 24 game regular season schedule to allow for teams to travel to other tournaments and showcases, skills summits, and player profile packages.
The 2019-20 Season looks to be an extremely exciting season for all our Hockey Super League athletes. We are unveiling body contact to our 2007 Major division with our "modified checking rules". We are excited to offer our athletes cross province competition with appearances from British Columbia's HPL Lumberjacks (2009 Major), HPL Bandits (2009 Major), West Coast Wild (2007 major), Golden Panthers (U14 Prep), Metro Hockey Academy 1 (U14 Prep), and Metro Hockey Academy 2 (U14 Prep). The Hockey Super League will also be welcoming one of the top USA programs in the 2007 Minnesota Machine and 2008 Machine team. The 2007 Minnesota Machine is known around North America as being one of the top spring teams in their particular birth year.
All stakeholders in the Hockey Super League will work in collaboration to create an environment to establish the following core values in its athletes:
League games will take place in a Showcase format, meaning that each of the teams will play four games over the course of a weekend at least once a month. Teams will receive 32 regular season games plus a championship showcase weekend.
The 2019-20 HSL Season will consist of 9 divisions. They will be as follows:
U14 PREP Division
U13 Varsity Division
2007 Major Division
*each contact division will receive a checking clinic where all HSL Prep athletes will be educated with the three modified checking rules. Safety of our athletes is our #1 priority
2007 Minor Division
2008 Major Division
2008 Minor Division
2009 Major Division
2010 Major Division
2010 Minor Division