Trails West Hockey Association was registered as a Society in July 1980. TWHA is the provider of Minor Hockey programs for the communities of Christie Park, Coach Hill, Glamorgan, Glenbrook, Glendale, Patterson Heights, Rosscarrock, Signal Hill, Springbank Hill, Discovery, Strathcona Park, Westgate and Wildwood. Anyone residing in this area wanting to participate in Minor Hockey programs must register with Trails West. (Some exceptions apply)
Our 'Home Ice' is Flames Community Arenas. TWHA shares ownership of this facility with Canadian Forces Calgary, Glenlake Hockey Association, Elbow Park Group, Mount Royal University, South Calgary Community Association, Lakeview Community Association and North Glenmore Park Community Association. The facility is administered and operated by South West Arena Society (SWAS).
We are a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization. In order to contact us, please refer to our list of volunteers, then choose who best to email. Check out our Bylaws here.
Trails West is along with other Minor Hockey Associations in the Calgary area governed by Hockey Calgary. Hockey Calgary is governed by Hockey Alberta, which is governed by Hockey Canada.
Trails West Programs include:
Learn to Skate – ages 4-6, fun oriented skating instruction within the context of ice hockey. This program is open to those residing within the Trails West area and, if room permits, to those who reside outside the Trails West area. Skaters must be accompanied on ice by a parent.
LTS is held Saturdays and Sundays. The number of skates per weekend typically alternates between one time on one weekend and two times the next weekend. Players wear full equipment and have hockey sticks.
Timbits – ages 5-6, encouraging fun, participation and developing basic skating and game skills in a team environment. Trails West fields 4 to 6 Timbit teams.
Novice – ages 7-8 the season opens with a skills development program. After this initial program, players proceed with regular practices and introduction to full ice, refereed hockey games.
Atom – ages 9-10 players continue to develop at the Atom level; this level introduces designated positions, including goalie as well as team/ league standings and playoffs
Peewee – ages 11-12
Bantam – ages 13-14
Midget – ages 15-17
Junior – ages 18-20
Timbits through Junior players, after going through an on ice evaluation process, are assigned to ranked teams. Teams play corresponding teams from the other Calgary area Minor Hockey Associations.
Novice through Junior teams are allocated games for the seeding round (October – December) and the regular season (January – March). They are also allocated practice ice times. Teams can, at their own discretion, acquire additional ice for practices, exhibition games and tournaments. Generally speaking, the higher ranked teams of any age group are more likely to seek additional practices, exhibition games and tournaments.
For Pee Wee and younger, body checking is not allowed. (as per Hockey Alberta ruling starting 2013/14 season)
For Bantam and older, body checking is allowed.
An overview of a typical season looks like:
Registration July / August
Conditioning Camps end of August, early September
Evaluations mid September
Team formation end of September
Novice skills/drills October
Learn to Skate starts late September
Timbits starts mid September
Seeding round November/December
Regular season January/February
Esso Minor Hockey Week Mid January
City Wide Play Offs Late Feb/ Early March
Timbits Skate-a-thon Mid March