Program of Excellence - POE (Minor Hockey Alliance of Ontario)

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The Program of Excellence has many levels at various age categories. The POE allows Hockey Canada to identify and train Canada`s most gifted young hockey players, to encourage and motivate them to play for their country and to provide them with the opportunities to measure and refine their skills against top caliber international competition.

Hockey Canada`s Program of Excellence identifies players in specific age categories and provides them 
with an opportunity to take part in international competitions, preparing them for the World Junior Hockey Championship, the World Hockey Championship and the Olympic Games. In Men`s hockey, the POE regroups the Under-17 teams, the National Under-18 teams, the National Junior team and the National Men`s teams.

Canada is represented by three national teams – Black, Red and White – which will be 
made up of a combination of the best 66 under-17 players from across the country.

When asked about the Under 17 program, President and CEO of Hockey Canada, Tom Renney stated, “It’s called the Program of Excellence for a reason, but it’s not just about being a hockey player; it’s about being a high-performance person.”

In addition to the three Canadian teams, five international entries will compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.


To help identify players for the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Hockey Canada hosts the national Under-17 camp in July, welcoming the best 100 players to Calgary. “It’s really about the work of the Branches,” said Scott Salmond, Senior Director of National Teams and Hockey Operations for Hockey Canada. “They’ve done amazing work, particularly growing the provincial under-16 programs, and it’s that work that has allowed us to make these changes. Players are more ready than ever to be a part of the national program.”



2020 - The new format will see 160 players pooled to eight teams, comprised of a minimum of ten players (five forwards, four defenseman and one goalie) from each of the participating organizations – Hockey Eastern Ontario, Hockey Northwestern Ontario, the Minor Hockey ALLIANCE of Ontario, Greater Toronto Hockey League, Northern Ontario Hockey Association and the Ontario Minor Hockey Association. The teams will participate in a similar schedule to previous OHL Gold Cups comprised of off-ice education sessions, dedicated position-specific practices and full-team game-day skate, in addition to three pool games and one crossover game on the final day.

The OHL Gold Cup, running from May 6 – 10 in Kitchener, ON provides an opportunity for Hockey Canada officials to evaluate players for the Hockey Canada Under-17 National Summer Camp with the eventual goal of representing the nation on one of three teams at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. The new format mirrors that of the National Camp by providing a development focused platform for players to learn and develop from new teammates and coaches.

Player participation eligibility will be consistent with prior years with this year 2004 birth year players being selected. Each player must either be registered during the 2019-20 season with the OHF, HEO, HNO, be a participant in Hockey Canada Programming and/or be a resident of Ontario and eligible for the OHL Priority Selection.

The team contingent will be led by a Director of Operation, charged with evaluating and selecting players to participate. The remaining team staff will include one Head Coach, two Assistant Coaches, one trainer and one support staff member as recommended by their Member or Branch. As with the player pooling, all Staff positions will also be pooled and distributed among the eight teams.
The following Directors of Operation have been identified by their Members for their involvement and success in the previous format of the OHL Gold Cup. They include Gary McFarlane (ALLIANCE), Peter Kourtis (GTHL), David Cicchini (GTHL), Jeff Robert (HEO), Jim Fetter (HNO), Michael Dundas (OMHA), Tom Bly (OMHA), and Andrew Corradini (NOHA).

Team Staff positions have not yet been identified but will be done so through the Member or Branch. If you are interested in being involved in the OHL Gold Cup, please reach out to the Member or Branch you’re currently registered with.

Visit the OHL Gold Cup for further information.

Team ALLIANCE U16 Archives:

2019 Team ALLIANCE Roster
2018 Team ALLIANCE Roster 

OHF/OHL U15 Camps

The OHF/OHL Under-15 Program of Excellence Camps are development experiences designed to educate and inform players and parents.  The goals of the program include: to introduce players, families and staff to high performance hockey, the Program of Excellence and the Ontario Hockey League; to create a unique and special life and hockey experience for all players and staff involved; and to develop players and staff both on and off the ice.

Players participate in intense, high performance on and off ice sessions and seminars.  On-ice sessions include two practices and three games. Off-ice sessions include seminars with keynote speakers on topics such as sports psychology, nutrition, and fitness.

Applications for the OHF/OHL Under-15 Program of Excellence are made available from the OHF. 

For more information, please visit the U15 OHF site.

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