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Our Mite program is based on the USA Youth Hockey Philosophy, focusing on:

  • Growth and Development
  • Increasing participation
  • Skill Development
  • Providing a Safe Environment
  • Having Fun!

Mite Season Expectations

Mites typically practice twice a week (mainly weekend mornings).  The season starts in the beginning of October and runs through the end of February (early March for the upper mite levels)

Mites 3 & 4 will have exhibition games with other associations throughout the season and participate in 2-4 jamborees. 

At the mite level, most games are cross-ice or half ice, except at the Mite 4 level where a limited amount of full ice games are allowed. 

All of our Mites will have the opportunity to play an exhibition game during intermission at a Hopkins High School Hockey game.

Mite Levels

Mites are divided into 4 groups based on experience and ability.  

  • Mite 1:  Beginning players/skaters.  1st or 2nd year of hockey (ages 4-6; 1st grade or younger)
  • Mite 2:  Players with some hockey/skating experience (mostly 1st & 2nd graders)  Mite 2 will also have learn to skate instruction for the older mite players new to hockey 
  • Mite 3:  Experienced skaters.  Most will have played organized hockey for 3-4 years (mostly 2nd & 3rd graders)
  • Mite 4:  Tryout team.  Coaches/evaluators will select team.  Mite 4 players typically have 1 or 2 years of Mite eligibility left (usually 2nd through 4th graders)

Annie Gustafson

Mite Coordinator