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Niagara Falls, Ontario, Niagara Falls, New York, Niagara Region & Niagara Frontier Hockey sports information, listings and links



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Background

Goalie minding the crease

Hockey is officially Canada's winter sport and the source of many national heroes over the years. Almost every little town has a hockey arena, and every neighborhood a rink. The game is played on an ice rink by players wearing hockey skates. Each team plays with 6 players at a time (5 skaters plus a goalie). To score a point, one team needs to shoot a flat & round black rubber "puck" past the opposing team's goalie, into their net. Hockey is a fast-paced team sport that requires skill, strength and endurance.

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Equipment

For recreational hockey, all you need are a stick, skates and warm clothing (and a puck). Competitive hockey is played fast and can be dangerous, so full equipment and padding is required for organized league play. Each player needs (in addition to the above): helmet with a face mask, neck guard, shoulder pads, elbow pads, jersey, suspenders, padded hickey pants, hockey gloves, protective sports cup, shin pads, and hockey socks. A Goalie requires specialized versions of the skates, stick, and protective equipment.

Almost any sports or department stores will carry hockey equipment. Take the time to ensure that your gear fits right and offers enough protection. For rapidly-growing youths, you may wish to consider quality used equipment. Most minor hockey associations have a used equipment swap at the start of each hockey season.

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Where


Here some hockey teams and leagues in the Niagara area:

Ball Hockey International

St Catharines, ON

905-684-7472

Chippawa's Junior C

Niagara Falls, ON

(905) 295-0316

Garden City Kiwanis Hockey League

St Catharines, ON

(905) 934-8940

Greater Fort Erie Minor Hockey Association

Fort Erie, ON

905-871-7191

Grimsby Minor Hockey Association

Grimsby, ON

(905) 945-0685

Lincoln Minor Hockey Association

Beamsville, ON

905-563-8358

Niagara Dome Ball Hockey Association

St Catharines, ON

905-684-7359

Niagara Falls Junior B Canucks

Niagara Falls, ON

(905) 358-7565

Niagara-On-The-Lake Minor Hockey

Virgil, ON

(905) 468-2496

Pelham Minor Hockey Association

Pelham, ON

(905) 892-8111

Pelham Minor Hockey Association

Pelham, ON

(905) 892-8111

Pelham Pioneers - Oldtimers' Hockey

Pelham, ON

(905) 892-3269

St Catharines Catholic Youth Organization Minor Hockey

St Catharines, ON

905-687-9430

St Catharines Falcons Hockey Club

St Catharines, ON

905-684-5888

St Catharines Ball Hockey

St Catharines, ON

905-646-0480

St. Catharines Falcons Hockey Club

St. Catharines, ON

(905) 684-5888

Wainfleet Minor Hockey Association

Wainfleet, ON

905) 899-0945

Welland Farr Mercury J.B. Cougars

Welland, ON

(905) 735-7233, 735-7588

Welland Girls Hockey

Welland, ON

(905) 937-4913

Welland Minor Hockey Association

Welland, ON

(905) 735-6500


If you want to watch professional hockey in the Niagara area, there are two NHL teams close by:
  • the Buffalo Sabres play at HSBC Arena in Buffalo (716) 855-4100, U.S. Ticket(888) GO-SABRES, Canada Tickets (888) 669-GOAL
  • the Toronto Maple Leafs play at the Air Canada Centre, and you can order tickets from TicketMaster at 416-872-5000.

    You can catch OHA (Ontario Hockey Association) Jr A action with the Buffalo Lightening, who play at the West Seneca Recreation Centre in West Seneca NY (716-675-1836).

    There is also competitive hockey in the Niagara region, with OHA Golden Horseshoe B League has teams in Niagara Falls (905-358-3808), Fort Erie (905-871-1878), Port Colborne (905-834-1414), St Catharines (905-684-5888), Thorold (905-227-4534), Stoney Creek (905-573-3600), and Welland (905-732-5973). There is also the OHA Niagara Junior C league, which has teams in Grimsby (905 957-7541), Dundas, Chippawa (905-295-6554), Glanbrook, Dunnville (905-774-3249), and Caledonia.
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