Highland Storm Minor Hockey Association
Welcome to the Highland Storm Minor Hockey Association (HSMHA) official website. The HSMHA started as a new association in 2001 when the Haliburton Huskies joined with the Minden Monarchs. Since this amalgamation, we are proud to display many championship and finalist banners in our three arenas, the A.J. LaRue Arena in Haliburton, the S.G. Nesbitt Arena in Minden and the Keith Tallman Memorial Arena in Wilberforce.
The Highland Storm Minor Hockey Association would like to congratulate former members Cody Hodgson (Buffalo Sabres) & Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) on their great achievements. We wish them both all the best in the NHL!
The HSMHA supports our OMHA travel rep teams from Novice to Midget, which play regular season games in the Muskoka/Parry Sound loop as a B centre. Tryouts for rep teams start in August (see Tryout Schedule Tab) with games starting in September. Click on your Team tab, the click Team Calendar.
WHAT IS THE HIGHLAND STORM LOCAL LEAGUE?
Our Local League program offers kids the opportunity to play recreational hockey regardless of their abilities. Local League gives players who can't play rep a chance to experience competing against other centres while representing their community in a league where fair play and fun are paramount. There are no tryouts. We may need to hold evaluation skates when trying to evenly divide players into multiple teams. Our volunteers share the common goal of providing the players an atmosphere where good sportsmanship prevails above all else.The Highland Storm Local League runs as a part of the Muskoka Parry Sound Local League. The centres currently in the MPSLL are as follows: Parry Sound Shamrocks, Muskoka Bears, Huntsville Otters, Almaguin Ice Devils and Muskoka Rock.
The playing season runs from mid September to the beginning of March and includes approximately 16 games, depending on the number of teams in each division. Each team will play in one local tournament. It will be up to the coach and team to enter a maximum of two more tournaments. There will be a mix of home and away games with home games and practices played at the A.J Larue arena in Haliburton, the Keith Tallman arena in Wilberforce and the S.G. Nesbitt arena in Minden.
Once the regular season concludes, all the local league teams will be seeded and broken out into groups (A,or B) and the playoffs will begin. Top teams in each division will play for the Championships. A total of 3 games are guaranteed this playoff weekend which typically takes place the first weekend of March.
How are Local League teams set up?
All Local League players participate in an evaluation session in the fall if our numbers require more than one team in a division. Coaches are in the stands assessing players and then work together to draft teams so they are as even as possible.
What night will my practices be?
The Schedule for the season will be made available on our Highland Storm Calendar near the end of September.
Please note these times are subject to change. We will have most games on Saturdays, some on Sunday’s
Who are the coaches?
We are still accepting applications for Local League coaches, if you are interested in volunteering please fill out our Local League Coaching Application.
When does the evaluation skate take place?
2019/20 LL Evaluation Skate info will be announced as asap.
What Age Group is my child in?
Minor Novice- 2012
How Often and How Far will Teams have to Travel?
On average, teams will travel once every other week for an away game. Usually travel will only be necessary, on average about twice a month. Car pooling for the anticipated 8 or 10 away games a year can add a fun dimension to the hockey experience and help control transportation costs.
Will there be Additional Costs?
There is a $40-$50 one time fee collected by team managers to pay for refs and timekeepers at home games. This fee will be reimbursed at the end of the season. There may be extra fees for having name bars purchased and sewn on jerseys costing around $25 if new name bars are required. Name bars can be kept from year to year.
Can Local League Teams Play in Tournaments?
Absolutely! If there are enough players interested in playing in a tournament the teams can register for tournaments. The cost for tournaments is paid by the players who will be going to the tournament.
Is there Body Checking in the League?
NO. Beginning in the 2015-2016 season Body checking is NOT permitted at any age category.
How can I become a Local League Coach or Bench Staff?
Coaches are appointed by the Local League Director. Local League coach selections are generally not finalized until after the rep tryouts.
I have so many more Questions, Who can I contact?
Please direct your inquiries to [email protected]