Novice Hockey League Information

Recreation Oak Bay’s nationally recognized Novice Hockey League is a hockey program for boys and girls that centers on sportsmanship, skill development, and having fun.

The focus is on skill development while down-playing the competitive aspect of the game. Skills covered are: skating, stick-handling, passing, shooting, off-ice/defensive position, and team play.

Full gear is required including CSA approved helmet and facemask.

Future NHL stars ages 3-5yrs can sign up for the NHL Pond Puppies Preschool Hockey. Pond Puppies will learn the basic elements of hockey in a fun and encouraging environment. Full gear is required including CSA approved helmet and facemask. Players should be able to skate the length of the ice. See the current Active Living Guide for more information.

Hockey Equipment [PDF - 1 MB] needed to play in the Novice Hockey League at Recreation Oak Bay.

Recreation Oak Bay is pleased to announce hockey equipment is now available to use FREE of charge. Participants must be currently registered in the Novice Hockey League program or any Oak Bay Hockey program to be eligible for use of the free equipment lend out. Please call the Sports Department at 250-370-7113 or 250-370-7114 for more information.

Applications can be downloaded here [PDF - 226 KB] and are also available at front reception.

This program is on a first come first serve basis.


For 30 years Recreation Oak Bay's Novice Hockey League (NHL) has been Oak Bay's flagship program, and a first of it's kind for hockey development. Adopted at the national level,creator Bob Nicholson originally Oak Bay staff who went on to become the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hockey Canada, had a dream. He created a hockey environment, emphasizing teamwork, skill, and above all fun. Recreation Oak Bay's NHL still runs strong to this day! Does your son or daughter want to learn how to play hockey? The NHL program runs annually from September to March. Registration opens for each September to March season every August 1st.  

Current Team Schedules

2017-18 Season:

How to Register

Staff Contacts

Winter 2018 Registration on Now

Active Living Guide Winter 2018

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