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Jr. Pioneers Hockey

Spring Elite

The Jr. Pioneers Hockey Spring Elite program offers a competitive, off-season development environment for players to elevate their level of play in preparation for the following season. Players selected will develop hockey skills, game strategy, team systems knowledge and athletic training.

Spring Elite hockey is open to players of all ages and from any hockey association.

The 2015 Spring Elite program will have teams at the 1999 through 2006 birth years, as well as a U8 travel and development teams. Each team will have a maximum of 24 players—17 on the tournament roster and seven on the practice roster. Each team will have a maximum of 12 forwards, eight defensemen and four goaltenders. There will be a Major team and a Minor team at the U10 and U12 levels and only a Major team at the U14 and U16 levels. The Major teams will travel to the tournament and the Minor teams may have an opportunity to travel as well, but is not a certainty. There will also be U8 development teams. U8 teams will not have a maximum number of players and will not travel.

2015 Spring Elite Teams

U8 (beginning, intermediate and advanced): birth year 2007 and younger
U10 (Squirt): birth years 2005-06
U12 (Peewee): birth years 2003-04
U14 (Bantam): birth years 2001-02
U16 (Midget): birth years 1999-2000

Program Dates


Players must attend both days of tryouts.

Midget U16 (birth years 1999-2000): 7:45 - 9 p.m., March 23 and 24
Bantam U14 (birth years 2001-02): 6:15 - 7:30 p.m., March 23 and 24
Peewee U12 (birth years 2003-04): 12:45 - 2 p.m., March 28 and 29
Squirt U10 (birth years 2005-06): 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., March 28 and 29

Cost: $25/player

Register online.


Teams will have 20 full-ice touches, and each practice will last at least one hour. Practices will begin the week of March 30.

U8 Minor practice calendar (PDF)
U8 Major practice calendar (PDF)
Squirt Minor practice calendar (PDF)
Squirt Major practice calendar (PDF)
Peewee Minor practice calendar (PDF)
Peewee Major practice calendar (PDF)
Bantam practice calendar (PDF)
Midget practice calendar (PDF)


Chicago Classic: My Hockey Spring Classic tournament: May 15-17


Program fees


Tournament fees


*Tournament fees are estimated at $300 per player (for players selected to travel teams) and cover the tournament fee and coaches' travel fees.


Register online.

Additional Program Information

For additional program information, please contact Shawn Reid at 303-871-3388 or