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Apr 21, 2024 | Tristan St. Louis | 770 views
About Independent Hockey & Our Leagues
Questions about independent hockey, the leagues we play in an the skill levels we compete at?

Q: Is Independent Hockey 'Outlaw'?
A: No. By definition, independent hockey is NOT 'outlaw'. We operate with much of the same rules of play, safety and integrity as any other minor hockey program, without restrictions such as player boundaries. This gives teams within our leagues incentive to offer competitive coaching (often non-parent) and development programs while giving players the freedom and ability to play where they choose. This is why we go to the lengths of offering programs such as "The Shred", our off-season, high intensity, elite-level, on and off ice training program led by some of the areas best hockey instructors, along with top tier in-season training and development. Learn more about "The Shred" at https://warlordshockey.ca/Pages/1717/2024_Shred/

Q: Is There a Pathway Beyond Minor Hockey?
A: Yes! Realistically, playing beyond minor hockey is a difficult accomplishment in itself but as hockey evolves, programs like ours, offering skills development and non-parent coaching are highly valued. Many Jr. Hockey, NCAA and CIS coaches and scouts are starting to show preference for players coming out of the independent hockey model.

In fact, we have players attending various Jr camps.

Q: What is the level of play?
A: Our Warlords Hockey ORHL teams typically play at the A/AA level while our WHA Elite teams play in the NAPHL competing at the AA/AAA level.

Below are the two leagues our players compete in. Further to playing in these leagues, it's in our best interest to provide top-tier coaching, training and development, in order to attract and retain top-level talent and compete year over year.
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Ontario Rep Hockey League
(Warlords Hockey)

 
  • A/AA Skill Level
  • 6 age groups (U9, U11, U13, U15, U16+ and U18)
    • U9 (2016 and 2017)
    • U11 (2014 and 2015)
    • U13 (2012 and 2013)
    • U15 (2010 and 2011)
    • U16+ (2009's AND UP TO 6 2008's)
    • U18 (2007 and 2008)
  • Modified Contact for 2011 and older (No Open Ice Hits)
  • No border boundaries or player release restrictions. Players can play where they choose, incentivizing our clubs to provide top-tier development and coaching.
  • 28 game NCAA style season with mostly weekend games and showcases
  • Multiple tournaments
  • End of season championship tournament based on regular season seeding
  • Top-tier players may be called up to a WHA Elite team

Click Here To Register for Tryouts
















North American Prep Hockey League
(WHA Elite)

 
  • AA/AAA Skill Level
  • 3 Age groups (U14, U16 and Varsity)
    • U14 (2011, 2010 and up to 4 late birthday 2009s)
    • U16 (2009, 2008 and up to 4 late birthday 2007s)
    • Varsity (2007, 2006 and up to 4 late birthday 2005s)
    • VARSITY PLAYERS MUST BE REGISTERED IN A SCHOOL PROGRAM FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME. STUDENTS MUST BE SECONDARY OR CEGEP (QUEBEC PROGRAM).
    • 2005- ALL 2005 PLAYERS WILL BE ASKED FOR PROOF OF SECONDARY OR CEGEP SCHOOLING.
    • 2005- IN ONTARIO 2005 IS NOT PERMITTED TO PLAY AS THESE ARE UNIVERSITY OR COLLEGE STUDENTS. THEY SHOULD BE PLAYING JUNIOR OR UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE.
  • Games, showcases and tournaments.
  • The goal of the NAPHL is to provide prep hockey programs with the best competition and exposure to Canadian and US junior programs along with CIS and NCAA hockey programs
  • Scouts at events
  • Top prospects all-star game
  • Skills competition
  • Showcase MVPs and more
Click Here To Register for Tryouts






   
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