Preseason - Evaluations




2021 - 2022 Player Evaluation and Team Selection Process

Please familiarize yourself with MEIFHA Policy #19.0 and the information below.

MEIFHA 2021 -2022 Evaluations Schedule - CLICK HERE

AAA/AA Goaltender Skills Sessions - Friday October 1st

U9 Alphabetical Evaluation Groups Sunday, October 3rd through Tuesday October 5th

Please note skills sessions Saturday, October 2nd for AAA/AA U11 through U18, are alphabetical as per the schedule.  Skills sessions are for ALL PLAYERS in AAA/AA Evaluations and therefore do include goaltenders.  Groups are somewhat in flux over the next few days as people correct declaration of position, evaluation status etc., etc..  An email will be sent out when updated lists are more final, early next week.

If you registered for 'C' (U11 - U15) or 'A' (U18), your player will attend the first scheduled 'C' or 'A' session listed for their age division.  Pinnies are required for all participants, (except U15 C), evaluations through to balancing.  These will be handed out at Preseason Development Sessions and/or the check-in desk at your first session.

U11 C Registrant List and AA Intra-squad Groups - Sunday, October 3rd

U13 C Registrant List and AAA Intra-squad Groups - Sunday, October 3rd

U15 C Registrant List and AAA Intra-squad Groups - Sunday, October 3rd

U18 A Registrant List and AA Intra-squad Groups - Sunday, October 3rd

If your players name has been missed or an error has been made, please contact Kristina Blackmore ASAP.

U9 Evaluation & Balancing
  • Players will be assigned numbers with safety pins (2 the same, one for the front and one for the back), provided at the first session (available at check-in anytime if you miss the first evaluation).
  • Each player will have 4 Evaluation sessions.  Your player will keep their number until after the final session. Each player is expected to arrive with this number in place for every session.
  • Please wear a plain jersey, 'non-special team' socks or jerseys, (ie:  no Spring teams).  At the last evaluation session, we'd appreciate it if you could please drop the numbers and pins in the bag (or box) as you exit so we can reuse them next season.


  • Players may be told to wear the WHITE side or the DARK side out (pinnies are reversible).  Players should bring their own DARK and WHITE jerseys to wear underneath their pinnies. NO YELLOW JERSEYS PLEASE!  Please note:  Players are not to wear any pant covers or 'special team' socks or jerseys, (ie:  no Spring teams).  Players will be provided with numbered pinnies distributed at the Preseason Development Sessions and/or available at check-in.  These will be a player's unique number throughout the evaluation process so it is very important they bring it to each and every session they are asked to attend.  Pinnies will be collected once teams have been assigned.  (There is a $25 fee for lost or unreturned pinnies).
  • Players/Goalies are expected to attend all of their assigned Evaluation sessions
  • Players/Goalies are expected to attend all of their assigned Evaluation sessions.
  • 'AAA' & 'AA' Player Evaluation consists of skills session(s) and intra-squad game(s) to determine 'AAA' & 'AA' team placement.  Players may be released following each intra-squad game.
  • Released players will attend their next evaluation session at 'AA' (U13/U15) or 'A' (U11/U18), or 'C' (U11-U15). All notification will be made by way of our website. Once updated lists have been posted, an email will be sent to the membership containing a link to the Evaluations page.
  • 'A' & 'C' level balancing consists of intra-squad games. Balancing is the process whereby players are evaluated so that multiple teams within a division are given equal opportunity to compete. Balancing is essential to ensure all players have similar experiences throughout the season. and will occur at any level with sufficient numbers and skill to warrant multiple teams within our association.

MEIFHA will strive to adhere to our policy of team selection announcements no later than noon the day following the final evaluation session. If unforeseen circumstances delay any team annoucemnt,(inclement weather, power outages, etc.), we will do our best to notify all involved of the delay along with the new expected announcement date.

Important Reminders: 

  • The Player Evaluation and Team Selection process will be conducted by each Division's (U9, U11, U13, U15 and U18) Evaluation Team which will include MEIFHA Vice-President Hockey Operations, the MEIFHA Division Coordinator or acting Division Coordinator, Coaching Staff (if appointed) and Independent Evaluators.
  • The Player Evaluation and Team Selection process will afford players the chance to show their abilities in a number of situations. While skill is a premium, the ability to be competitive, play consistently, with hockey sense, and be effective in games is very important. Evaluators will use criteria adopted from Hockey Canada with consideration given to the variety of categories that are to be assessed. Players will be scored based on their performance on the ice and their respective Coaches for the Team/Category will have final decision on roster spots. The role of the Independent Evaluators is to assess the players impartially to assist MEIFHA in ensuring that everyone lands in an appropriate category of play for their ability.
  • Any inquiries during and/or after the Player Evaluations & Team Selections must be addressed to the MEIFHA Division Coordinators within (4) days of Team Selection. No Coach, Evaluator, Assistant or Executive member will entertain any concerns related to individual players. No phone calls or emails will be accepted until 24 hours have passed from the time of the placement posting or player release notification. Please respect our twenty-four (24) hour rule.

(Kim Findlay)

(Scott Wadden)

(Dave MacNeil)

(Dave Bruce)

(Mark Underhill)