Situated on the picturesque Grand River, the city of Brantford is located in the heart of Southern Ontario, with direct access to Hwy. 403 and close proximity to other major highways, rail lines and three major Canadian ports of entry (Windsor, Toronto and Niagara Falls).
Brantford is known as the Telephone City, as it was here in 1874 where Alexander Graham Bell first conceived the idea for the telephone.
Today, Brantford is a vibrant community with a population of approximately 96,689 (est.) people.
Brantford Girls Hockey Association
Girls' hockey in Brantford originated in 1974 when registration was opened to girls aged 7 - 18. 49 girls paid their $15.00 annual fee (50 cents per practice) and Brantford had a girls' hockey league! The league began with 3 hours of ice time per week.
Mayor Charles Bowen dropped the puck at the first game on September 21, 1974.
This is BGHA's developmental program. It is geared towards kids with little or no skating experience
Many kids start as early as 4 years old; however, this class is also appropriate for the 7 year-old who wants to try hockey for the first time.
Classes are for one hour, once per week, generally on a Saturday afternoon. They focus on all the basics of skating and hockey
BGHA House League
This is BGHA's first level of competitive hockey; however, the focus is still on development and fun. Practices and games follow the Canadian Hockey Development Model. Kids may join regardless of hockey experience. Typically, the youngest kids in this program are 6 years old up to 21 years old.
House Hockey begins in mid-October and lasts through mid-March.
The commitment is 1 practice and 1 game per week, both typically on the weekend. It may also involve some travel to nearby towns as we are a part of the GHGL House League loop.
Financial commitment tends to be approximately $525 and includes all ice time, coaching, jersey, and socks (financial assistance is available through a number of different programs, contact BGHA Registrar for more information)
BGHA Rep League
This level of hockey is for kids (and families) who show a high level of commitment to hockey.
There is a tryout process every spring for teams that form in the fall. The season is early September through mid-March.
Competitive levels are broken into age groups, as determined by birth year: Novice (7-8 years old); Atom (9-10 years old); Pee Wees (11-12 years old); Bantams (13-14 years old); and Midgets (15-18 years old). Different skills are introduced at different ages.
There are typically two on-ice practices and two games per week, resulting in a schedule that includes as many as 60 games. Additional on-ice clinics and off-ice practices may be suggested or required. Away games may be in the next town over, or they may be 1.5 hours away. Teams typically play in 2-5 tournaments, ranging from local to 6 hours away.
Financial commitment tends to be approximately $2000, which includes all ice time, additional coaching, socks and tournaments. Lodging and food at tournaments is not included.
Many kids play "spring hockey" and/or participate in hockey camps during the summer, though this is not necessary or required.
Contrary to popular belief, it is never too late to begin playing representative hockey.