Hockey Winnipeg divides the U11 (9/10 year old) teams into two leagues representing two halves of Winnipeg – Winnipeg West and Winnipeg East. SWHA plays in the West League against other Winnipeg West teams during the regular season. During playoffs, the East and West teams play against each other in the City Playoffs. Please click here for more information on the U11 Program.
Hockey Winnipeg’s U13 (11/12 year old), U15 (13/14 year old) and U18 (15/16/17 year old) teams play in a city wide division during the regular season and the City Playoffs.
Each age group has 3 levels of play known as A1, A2 and A3.
Team categories are as follows:
*** Note: U15 A1 & U18 A1 are body contact ***
The number of registered players within the SWHA boundaries and the minimum/maximum roster size determines the number of teams formed each year. The number of teams is then used to determine the level (known as A1, A2 and A3) that SWHA will host. All teams play under the name “South Winnipeg Kings”.
In recent years SWHA has combined U15 & U18 tryouts and team formation with the Fort Garry North Hockey Association (FGNHA) and/or St. Vital Hockey Association (SVMHA) to provide access to all levels of play (A1, A2 & A3).
Try-outs, conducted by a third party, are held each year to place players onto appropriate teams. The highest ranked players are placed on an A1 team, the next highest on A2, and the next on A3. Players are evaluated as skaters or goaltenders, but not both, based on the position selected during the registration process.
Throughout the season, U11 & U13 South Winnipeg Kings players receive player development skates with Vigier Hockey. The development skates typically occur every two weeks and are on Thursday nights at St. Norbert Arena.
Players ages 13-17 have 1 hour of preseason ice included in the registration cost. September is a busy hockey month. 13-17 year-old players are often involved in AA, AAA and High School tryouts that conflict with the preseason skate schedule. Due to all the inevitable schedule conflicts, SWHA limits our preseason schedule, but we recommend all players supplement this 1 skate with additional hockey conditioning prior to tryouts.
SWHA preseason ice (1 skate) is open to all *registered players, including players involved in the AA/AAA/High School tryouts.
*Note: Participants must be registered online with SWHA prior to attending preseason skates or tryouts.
*Note: High School hockey is a separate program in Winnipeg. Players who wish to attend preseason skates or AAA, AA, A1 or A2 tryouts must register through SWHA first to be eligible to attend. See AAA and High School Information for details.
U11, U13, U15 and U18 Game Schedules and Standings are available on the Hockey Winnipeg website.