For divisions U11 and above, parents need to purchase the player's Vikings jersey. The process is as follows:
- Go to Sports Experts in Campbellton to purchase your reversible hockey jersey. Price is $125 + tax. 50% discount is applicable for a player's first Vikings jersey.
- 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.
If you're curious to see what numbers are currently available for a player's birth year, check out our Jersey Number Selector page.
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.
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, if they so choose.
- Player only needs one jersey 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 (as long as if the odd/even number matches their birth year).
- 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.