League News


U18 Group 2 Session 4 PreSeason Camp **Tonight**

U18 Preseason Group 2 Session 4 that was cancelled on September 19th is going to be held tonight from 8:30- 10:00 at the Stadium

We apologize for the short notice but were just able to confirm we had ice available for sure.


Sep 23, 2023

U13 Goalies Schedule Update - NOT REQUIRED THIS MORNING

Good morning,

U13 Goaltenders are not required for U13 Session #1 this morning. Please check the website this afternoon for which session U13 Goaltenders will attend for U13 Session #2 this evening.

Thank you - apologies for the confusion.  

Sep 23, 2023

Message from VP Recreation: Rec Coaches Meeting - Thurs, Oct 5 @ Arena Mezz

Hello Sackville Minor Rec Families, 

With competitive tryouts ramping up, it will soon be time for the recreational teams to get underway as well.  It's an exciting, yet very busy time of the year and we hope to make things as easy on everybody as possible.  I would like to send out a friendly reminder that our evaluations will begin on the weekend of Oct 7th. Jersey handout dates and times will be posted ahead of the evaluation weeknd. Please remember that the evaluations are done to help us in the team balancing process. These are not tryouts and everybody will be placed on a team. The practices and scrimmages are meant to be fun, and a great way to get the players back on the ice . In the event your player cannot make a session please don't worry about it. We will do our best to get feedback from previous coaches and other members that know your player and they will be given an appropriate evaluation based on that info. 
For anybody that may possibly be considering coaching in rec this year, head coaches, assistant coaches, on ice helpers, we will be hosting a coaches info session on THURSDAY OCT 5th from 6:30-8:00pm in the Arena mezz. Please do your best to attend this meeting. There will be some very important topics of discussion regarding coaching certifications and updated Hockey Canada/Hockey Nova Scotia guidelines. Come with your fully charged mobile or handheld device, as our Registrar, Helen Scammell and VP of Risk Management, Craig Foley will be in attendance to walk us through our HCR accounts.  We ask that even if your player is still in Competitive tryouts but you may be in Rec hockey to please attend.  
Please note: There will be further sessions for team managers and treasurers in the coming weeks once teams are assembled.  I've always said, that you folks have the hardest jobs of all, so we look forward to meeting with you soon as well.  
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to fire off an email and i'll do my best to answer your question. 
Thank you for your time. 

Dan MacDonald

VP Recreation

Sackville Minor Hockey Association



Sep 22, 2023

Jersey Pickup Tonight: U9 Evaluations & U11-U18 Comp Tryouts

Reminder: Jersey Pickup is Tonight!

  • Who: Those participating in U9 Evaluations, or U11-U18 Competitive Tryouts
  • What: Evaluations & Tryout Jersey Pickup
  • Where: Sackville Arena - Mezzanine
  • When: 7:00p-9:00p - Tonight - Wed, Sept 20th, 2023

Did you know we are handing out 341 Jerseys tonight?!

Thank you to our SMHA Director of Equipment Alex LeBlanc for having everything ready, and to our various Division Coordinators and Helpers for volunteering to hand out jerseys. 

Here's what to expect:

  • Find the table set up for your player's division(s)
  • Provide the player's surname
  • Initial to confirm you've picked up the jersey
  • Requests for a particular number cannot be accomodated.
  • A $50 fee will be applied to the account of any player who does not return their jersey following the U9 Evaluations / U11-U18 Competitive Tryouts.

Thank you!


PS: Tryout Groups for U13 AA/A/B should be posted tonight, and for U15 should be posted tomorrow! 

Sep 20, 2023


There is a leak at the Sackville Sports Stadium, and SMHA cannot use the Sports Stadium for the U13 AAA Session #3 tonight from 8p-9:30p. We are aware there are already players arriving at the Stadium to get ready for this ice time. 


This is an **URGENT** last-minute change, as we absolutely must stay on-schedule for the U13 AAA Tryouts.
The U13 Pre-Season Camp (Group 1 - Session 4) scheduled for tonight at the Sackville Arena from 8:30p;10:00p is CANCELLED (it will be rescheduled ASAP).
U13 AAA Tryout - Session #3 - is urgently relocating from Sackville Sports Stadium to Sackville Arena for an 8:30pm Start

Massive apologies for the last-minute notice, as we simply must reassign that ice to the U13 AAA Tryouts or everything will be misaligned for U13 Comp Tryouts this weekend.


Stay Tuned. 

Sep 19, 2023

5:20pm Update re: Tonight's 8:00p-9:30p U13 AAA Tryouts


UPDATE for U13 AAA at 5:20pm



After much thought and discussion, we have decided to reassign tonight's U13 AAA Tryout ice from Session #2 - SCRIMMAGE to Session #1 - TACTICS

The originally posted groups -- Group 1 and Group 2 -- will each take 40 minutes of tonight's scheduled time as follows.

Group 1 - 8:00p-8:40 @ Sackville Sports Stadium

Group 2 - 8:50p-9:30p @ Sackville Sports Stadium  


Again - thank you to families and players for the extreme flexibility in this very challenging weekend. It is our view that this last-minute change is what is best for the U13 AAA Tryout Process. 

There will be an ice time added on the evening of Sept 20th shortly, to ensure we still get all of the scrimmages accounted for, and that the tryout process aligns with the Competitive Tryout Document.


UPDATE for U13 AAA at 1:00pm


Unfortunately, the Sackville Arena is not ready for today.

  • U13 AAA Goalie Session this afternoon has been MOVED
    • Sun Sept 17, 5:15p-6:15p @ HRM 4-Pad
  • U13 AAA Session #1 - Tactics this afternoon has been CANCELLED.
    • The Tryout Committee is working on whether or not it will be simply rescheduled or permanently cancelled.
  • U13 AAA Session # 2 - Scrimmage is UNCHANGED and will be tonight at Sackville Sports Stadium from 8:00p-9:30p

If the U13 AAA Tactics is permanently cancelled, the weighting as per the Competitive Tryout Document would have to be modified. More to come.

We will update all of this on the U13 Tryouts & Evals Page ASAP. 


Attn: U13 AAA Tryout Families

The Sackville Arena has an issue with the ice quality this morning following yesterday's power outages. Sackville Arena staff are working hard to get the ice ready, and will be providing SMHA with an update by 1:30p relating to our 3:00p-6:00p ice times for U13 AAA Tryouts.

We recognize that this is extremely short notice, and thank everyone for their patience and flexibility through this entire weekend.  

Alternative last-minute options are being explored at this time should the Sackville Arena ice not be usable. We will be posting again by 1:30pm at the latest with more information.

U13 Competitive Tryouts Page


Sep 17, 2023