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PANTHER CUB PROGRAM- ages 4, 5 and 6




Registration Opens May 1, 2019



Following Hockey Canada’s modifications to youth  hockey programming, we are pleased to announce that we have finalized the modification to our program that aligns perfectly within the guidelines that will allow your child to progress and develop with the ultimate success.

Through the 2017-2018 season, we began the process of implementing the “Panthers Cubs” program (replacement to the Fundamentals program) which also included modifications to our coaching strategies to align with Hockey Canada’s guidelines.

We are proud of the trusted, reputable program that we have been running for many years and excited about the improvements we’ve tailored to encourage your girls to progress into the Central York Panthers House League (and/or Rep).

What you can expect:

  • Comradery, lasting friendships, and a positive initiation experience into hockey
  • Exclusive Girls-only programming with certified coaches (to Hockey Canada standards)
  • 2x/week programming ensuring the ultimate skill development for your child (exact days TBD) with an emphasis on FUN.
  • Small group sizes with many on-ice helpers to ensure your child has the best experience (new skaters welcome)
  • Groups divided by age and skill to ensure each skater gets the most out of our Sept-March programming
  • Certified volunteers and Coaches (we will certify any volunteers who wish to participate – certification carries on as your child progresses allowing you to continue being a valued volunteer within our organization).
  • Participation in various Central York Panthers events throughout the year
  • Exclusive member-only discounts and invites to other hockey community events & promos
  • The BEST year end banquet perfectly suited to children 4 to 6 years old.
  • Lasting memories at an affordable price of $340 for the September-March season.
  • Registration opens May 1st.


What are you waiting for?  Become an Central York Panther Cub TODAY!  You won’t regret it!

If you are interested in participating as a volunteer, please be in touch! 

Monetary sponsorship opportunities available (contact – no volunteering req’d.



Rationale for implementing the Initiation Program (Panther Cubs).

Hockey Canada has implemented  a new policy that mandates cross-ice/half-ice hockey for players at the Initiation age level (traditionally 5- and 6-year-olds) to all Minor Hockey Associations.
The purpose of the IP is to introduce the basic skills of the game, and make a child’s first introduction to the game one that is safe, enjoyable, and fun.
Cross-ice/half-ice hockey at the Initiation age effectively right-sizes the playing surface for young players:

  • You don't put five- and six-year-olds on a full-size soccer pitch, or expect them to play basketball on a full-sized court with no height adjustments – hockey is no different.
  • Cross-ice/half-ice hockey allows young players the opportunity for more puck-touches which promotes greater opportunity for skill development (puck-handling, shooting, skating, coordination) and decision-making.
  • Players on cross-ice/half-ice have been shown to receive five times more passes and take six times more shots than when they are on a full-sized rink.
  • Small-area games are used at all levels of the game – including senior national teams and the NHL.  

Further information can be found at:

Ontario Women's Hockey Association

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