News and Announcements


The Ontario Hockey Federation (OHF) released information yesterday about plans for a modified ice progression beginning next season at the Novice division.

There will be additional information available in the coming months to help further communicate the plan and to educate participants, however we want to ensure that our memebers understand the basic structure of the Novice division for the 2018/2019 season given that the NOHA and its Associations (us) deliver mixed programming at this division.

See below excerpts of the communication sent to Associations via the OHF on December 1, 2017;

Where possible, it is preferred programming is offered to individual age groups. The decision to offer mixed programming (7-and-8-year-olds playing on the same team and in the same league) will be at the discretion of the Member. Minor hockey associations who require this allowance are to contact their Member directly. *In instances where mixed programming (2010-and-2011 born players) is offered for the 2018-2019 season, teams will start the season in half-ice programming and transition to full-ice for the second half of the season. This will be repeated in the 2019-2020 season for 2011-players, please see below for more.*

For mixed programming (2011-and-2012 born players on the same team and in the same league) there will be three options available to the Members:

Deliver half-ice programming for the full year to players 7-and-8 years of age;

ii. Deliver half-ice programming for the full year to players 7-and-8 years of age and provide a six-week transition program to the players that are 8 years of age in February or March; or

iii. Deliver programming set out above for players 8 years of age to the mixed age group with the understanding that the players 7 years of age will repeat the programming as an 8-year-old.

Given that the NOHA does not register Minor Novice teams, we will be following the processes bolded in iii. above beginning next season.

The Novice division will offer half ice programming for the first half of the season and transition to full ice for the second half of the season. Players who are 7 years of age in 2018/2019 will repeat the transition program as an 8-year-old.

WFMHA, the NOHA, along with the OHF and its other Minor Members are working diligently to provide materials which will be available in conjunction with items already created by Hockey Canada.

More items will be available through the winter and spring, leading to the start of the 2018-2019 season. This information will include examples of player tiering for house league and rep teams, as well as the OHF Player Development Model for players 8-years-old and under.

We ask for your patience as more information becomes available, we will share upon receipt.

Should you have any questions, please contact the NOHA Office at or (705) 474-8851


The North Bay Horner Gas Peewee Trappers won gold this past weekend in Powassan at the Keith Barton Memorial Tournament winning in the final 8-0.


December 4, 2017 – North Bay, Ontario. The North Bay Police Association PeeWee Trappers of the West Ferris Minor Hockey Association have been selected as the houseleague hockey team representing Northern Ontario in the Canada 150 Hockey on the Hill tournament.

The Hockey On The Hill contest required teams to submit a short 30 second video and 250 word essay, explaining why they should be chosen to represent their region on Parliament Hill. For the contest, the country was divided into 16 regions, and only one team was chosen from each region. Over 300 submissions were received, and for Northern Ontario, the winning team was the North Bay Police Association PeeWee Trappers.

The video can be seen at

Their prize package includes round-trip travel to and from Ottawa for players and team officials, accommodations, a minimum of three tournament games with at least one game on the Canada 150 rink on Parliament Hill and a commemorative set of Canada 150-OIHF jerseys.
The team is very excited to represent Northern Ontario, and to enjoy this once in a lifetime experience, playing on Parliament Hill with teams from across the country.

The North Bay Police Association team is made up of Ethan Daigle, Noah Desrosiers, Connor Filiatrault, Carter Fletcher, Carson Gagne, Tristan Gilbert, Cedric Laperle, Ryan O’Donnell, Owen Pharand, Hunter Pizzale, Noah Sabourin, Makai Vaillancourt, James Wlodarczyk, coaches Marc Pizzale, Al Filiatrault, Adrien Laperle, Gil Pharand, trainer Patrick Gilbert and manager Paul Daigle.

The tournament runs from December 27-31, 2017. The next step for the team will be looking into sponsorship opportunities, to assist in enhancing the overall experience of the boys, travel and accommodations for families and meals. A GoFundMe page has been set up at For sponsorship inquiries, please contact Paul Daigle at 705-845-9339 or Gil Pharand at 705-471-4555.


We are pleased to announce that due to popular demand, we will be running a second Canadian Tire First Shift Program.


The Welcome Event will be held on January 27th, 2018 at the West Ferris Arena and the following are scheduled dates for the sessions:

Tuesday Feb 13th – 6pm
Tuesday Feb 20th – 6pm
Tuesday Feb 27th – 6pm
Tuesday March 6th – 6pm
Tuesday March 20th – 6pm
Tuesday March 27th – 6pm

Details for the Canadian Tire First Shift is available here.


The Peewee Pizza Pizza Trappers took gold this past weekend in Azilda winning 4-3 over another local team, the North Bay Police Association Trappers!