AHA Hockey offers Minnesota's premier adult recreational hockey experience. The AHA Winter League is designed for players of all abilities - from Beginners to Advanced. Below is information on the Program and how to get registered.
• 8 skill levels of play, parity enforced at each level
• 90 minute ice times; Three 17-minute, stop-time periods
• No checking, safe and competitive environment
• Two USA Hockey certified referees at every game
• Scorekeeper, online stats, and box scores
• 20 Regular Season games
• Season runs late October through early April
• Includes playoffs for qualifying teams at each tier
• Includes post-season tournament berths for tier winners
• Games played at convenient rinks and times in the Twin Cities area
Register individually or as part of a team
• Individual Fee: $440 (before October 1; $465 after)
• Team Fee: $7,295 (credit card); $7,195 ($100 discount for payment by check) due by Sept. 15
• Players must be registered with USA Hockey
• All new players to AHA league play must attend an evaluation session
Can I register individually?
Absolutely! Teams in all levels are looking for players every year. First, you will need to attend an evaluation session so that we can determine the most appropriate tier for you to play in. Once you are registered and have attended an evaluation session, your name will be on our free agent list. Teams will get together in early October to draft players from the free agent list. Once you are drafted, you will be contacted by the team.
If I sign up individually, am I guaranteed to get on a team?
While we can't guarantee anything, it is very rare for us not to find a team for a new player, particularly skaters. With over 115 Winter teams, there are always teams in need of players every year.
Can I sign up with friends/co-workers/relatives?
Absolutely! You can register with people you know and we will do our best to find a team for you to play together.
Can I sign up to be a sub goalie?
Yes. You must first attend an evaluation session so that we know which level(s) to list you at on the sub goalie list. Captains have access to the list and contact the goalies listed when they are in need of a goaltender for an upcoming game.
Goalies that are rostered on a winter team can be listed on the sub goalie list by contacting email@example.com.
For goalies that are not on a winter roster, you must register to be put added to the list.
What equipment is required for the Winter League?
Required equipment is: helmet with shield (full cage/shield is recommended, but half shield is allowed), breezers, shins, elbows, gloves, skates, and stick. Shoulder pads are optional. If you are new to the AHA and are not on a team yet, we recommend you wait to purchase breezers and helmet until you determine which team you will play on.
What are the uniform requirements?
All teams must have matching uniforms, including jerseys, socks, helmets and breezers. (Helmets/breezers need to match in color, not make.) Teams have home and away "game weight" jerseys with number and name on back. Refer to the AHA Rules Addendum for more information.
What nights are games played?
Game days/times are not dependent on tier. Games are held on any night of the week, but the majority of games are on Sunday and Saturday nights. Start times range from afternoon until 9:45PM. Weeknight games will not start before 6:15PM. We avoid holidays and events such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, and Super Bowl Sunday. Your schedule will consist of roughly one game per week from October to April.
Is fighting/rough play allowed in AHA?
AHA is a non-checking league. Fighting is strictly prohibited. AHA promotes a safe environment for adults to play hockey and does not condone rough play. Players that fight or get excessive penalty minutes are suspended. Refer to the AHA Rules Addendum for more information.
When will the 2012-2013 Winter season begin?
Games are tentatively scheduled to begin the weekend of October 27th, 2012. The 2012-2013 Winter Playoffs are tentatively scheduled for the week of April 5-7, 2013.
When will I find out my Winter schedule?
The schedule is released about two weeks before the start of the season. The complete Winter schedule is released at the beginning of the season.
What happens if I registered individually, but the team that selects me did Team Pay?
All new players that enter the free agent draft must be registered individually to be listed at the draft. If the team that selects you did the Team Pay option, you will be refunded your Winter fees directly (minus evaluation fee.) You can then pay your share of the Team fee to the team.
Can I play on more than one team?
Players may be rostered on more than one team, provided they are approved to play at the particular level by the AHA. Players can always play above the level at which they evaluated at, but not below. Players cannot play on more than one team in any division. (For example, a player may play on a team in the C2 East division and C2 West division, but not two teams in C2 East. For tiers with only one division, players cannot play on multiple teams.)
What are the roster limits?
For teams that do individual registration: must have 17 registered spots, including one goaltender, and a maximum of 20 players (including goalie.) A team may buy out remaining spots if they wish to play with fewer than 17 players. For teams that do team pay: must have a minimum of 14 registered players, including one goaltender, and a maximum of 20 players (including goalie.)
For more information contact the Registration Coordinator.