For divisions U11 (Comp only), U13 and above, parents will now be purchasing the jerseys directly. The process is as follows:
Please note that for the moment the jerseys are currently on order. We will advise you when they are in stock at the beginning of October.
- After being notified by the Association, go to Sports Experts in Campbellton to purchase your reversible hockey jersey. Price is $120 + tax, but 50% off for the 2021-22 season.
- Pick a number for your child's jersey. Players born in odd years must pick a unique odd number for their birth year. Players born in even years must pick a unique even number for their birth year.
- Sports Experts will send the jersey to get the number printed.
- Sports Experts will call you back when the jersey is ready for pickup.
Sports Experts will also be selling matching reversible socks.
While this does mean an added cost for the parent, the system has a number of advantages:
- Player's number will always be the same during their years in minor hockey.
- Player only needs one jersey (and one pair of socks) for games.
- Parents only need to buy a new jersey once a child outgrows it, even if they move up a division.
- Parents can buy or sell used jerseys.
- Affiliated players can use the same jersey when they play a game with the competitive team.
- Allows minor hockey to focus on more important matters by removing a huge administrative headache.
The only division in which there potentially could be a duplicate number would be in U18. When this situation occurs minor hockey will be responsible for supplying a new jersey free of charge, as long as the duplicate jersey still fits the player.
Why the change?
In the past, minor hockey would give each team manager a bin with all the jerseys needed for their team, and it required a $150 jersey deposit fee for each player. This always ended being a difficult and overly complicated process which was very stressful to administer at the beginning and end of every season.
The council has decided to change the jersey policy after consulting with other minor hockey associations to get some fresh ideas.