The Select Hockey program gives our more skilled players the opportunity to play competitive hockey against other organizations within the North York Hockey League.
Select hockey is the next level up from House League. Each birth year has its own select division, and each division has several tiers. The number of tiers can fluctuate from year to year, but there are generally between 3 and 5 of them. Tier 1 is the highest tier with the strongest players, and each subsequent tier represents the next level of hockey.
Over the last few years, George Bell has had a very successful select program. In each division, the organization generally fields two - four select teams. One team is typically a very competitive Tier 1 team, and the others play in one of the lower tiers. George Bell has become known as one of the top select programs in the GTA with some of the city’s top players coming from the organization. Last season, the GBHA fielded more than 30 teams (with multiple teams in each age group).
Select hockey can be an incredibly rewarding experience for your child and your family. Not only is it a great hockey experience, but it is also a great life experience. The players, parents, and even siblings often develop friendships that can last a lifetime.
Those who play select hockey must also participate in house league. All select practices and games are over and above the commitment to house league.
The house league commitment is one hour per week. In addition, select players will generally have 1 team practice per week and one league game per week. From time to time, the select coaches will find additional practice times, and the league will schedule additional games. So the total commitment is typically 4 times on the ice per week.
There are also several weekend tournaments throughout the year (one usually being an overnight tournament). The tournaments are a lot of fun and give the kids a chance to bond further as they are often spending the entire weekend together. The playoffs are generally over in mid-late April.
Select Hockey continues through March Break.
There is an additional cost to play on a Select team to cover jerseys, ice time, practices and fees associated with administration. These fees will be discussed before the start of each season with prospective players.
The North York Hockey League (NYHL) governs all select teams in the Greater Toronto Area and operates under the umbrella of the GTHL.
Click on the NYHL logo to access their website.