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Competitive Development Stream

The Competitive Development Stream (CDS) program focuses on long term player development in accordance with the Hockey Canada and Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) Player Development Model and the GTHL Initiation Program. 

The CDS program is an extension of House League available to registered HL players from 6-8 years old on a tryout basis. Information on the OHF Player Development Model and the game play structure discussed below may be found here. Information on the GTHL Initiation Program and the benefits of modified ice hockey may be found here.

In addition to the House League, players in the CDS program participate in one or two additional practices per week and play approximately one weekly development game (20-22 games per season) against CDS teams from neighbouring hockey associations including Leaside, North York Knights and Forest Hill.  As well, CDS teams may participate in tournaments or festivals throughout the season.

CDS games follow the game play structure of the OHF Player Development Model as follows:

  • Rosters of 18 players (16 skaters, 2 goalies)
  • Goalies rotate in IP6 and may be designated in Minor Novice
  • During game play teams are divided into two squads of 9 players (8 skaters, 1 goalie)
  • Two games are played simultaneously in a 4 v. 4 format, including goalies, using appropriate rink dividers. Teams transition to full-ice 5v5 format in the second half of the Novice year. 
  • IP6 games are played in a cross-ice format. Minor Novice games are played in a half-ice format. Novice games are played half-ice until January 15 and then on full ice thereafter.
  • 44-minute games consisting of two 22-minute run time periods
  • Line changes on 2 minute buzzers
  • Games are officiated and penalties are called.
  • No formal scores, standings. All teams participate in a year-end festival in April
  • Competitive Development Stream development games begin in October after Thanksgiving and are not scheduled over holidays


  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Claudio Tarulli,  CDS and Select Chair at: .


What do I need to do to play in the CDS?

In order to play for a CDS team you must first register your child for House League and complete RIS. 

When does the season start and end?

CDS games begin in October after Thanksgiving and end in early April.

Will there be games on holidays?

Games will not be scheduled over major holidays (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Family Day, Easter) or during the public school system March Break.

What is the time commitment?

In addition to the House League time commitment of 2 sessions per week, our CDS teams will hold 1-2 incremental practices per week plus participate in weekly interclub games (20-25 games per season).  Additionally, teams may participate in 2-3 tournaments or festivals per season

How many kids will be on each team?

Rosters of 18 players will be used. For games teams will be split into 2 squads of 8 skaters plus one goalie. Games will be played 4-on-4.

How many teams will North Toronto have?

The number of teams is determined by the overall enrolment of players with the necessary skill level. Typically North Toronto has formed up to 3 teams each in the IP6, Minor Novice and Novice divisions.

What if my kid wants to be a goalie?

Goalies will rotate for the IP6 and may be designated in Minor Novice/Novice. If your child would like to tryout as a goalie, please contact the Select Chair or the coach (if designated) for instructions.

At what age does full-ice hockey begin?

In accordance with the Hockey Canada Initiation Program full ice hockey will be introduced after January 15 in the Novice (8 years old) season.