New League at the Oval
This winter join a new league and play all your games at the Richmond Oval. Play with us if you want a place where everyone is accepted no matter your skill level. Play in the NCHL, if you want a place where no one is allowed to fight, games are friendly and competition is even. Play where you can choose your schedule. All games start, either 9:15PM or 10:45PM. Registration is now open, find out more about the summer season and how to register. If you are looking for season fees, please have a look here.
NCHL started in summer of 2004 with a handful or hockey enthusiasts who wanted to play hockey in a different way, players who were tired of being subject to goons and fighting in other leagues. The intent was to create a safe environment where you can play your hardest, with character, respect and maturity, and yet get up the next morning and go to work. Today 5,000+ men and women play in Richmond, Edmonton, Calgary, and Grande Prairie. Now we have championships, tournaments, all star games, and a programs for adults that have never played hockey before, because we believe hockey is fun first. Everyone should be able to play and enjoy the game as much as we do.
Beyond Non Contact
Hockey is a competitive game, incidental contact does happen from time to time. That being said though, if you bump into someone and knock them down, help them up and apologize. That is the kind of place we promote to our players. No one is making the NHL tomorrow, there are no scouts in the stands. So go out and have fun, be competitive, but do it in such a way that everyone else can still enjoy the game. We promote this philosophy and we design the rules to support it. The first rule we started with was the rule on fighting, there is no place for it at the recreational level, so we took it out completely. That’s right, we did! First fight and a player is suspended indefinitely. You can read the rest of the rules too.
You have a lot of choice in where you get to play hockey, and of course we would like it to be with us. Do it because we are different, we care about how the game is played, we set up rules that weed out the troublemakers as quickly as possible and we do not allow them back in, if they are not ready to play the NCHL way. We know that parity is important to you and no one wants to get blown out every game, so we realign teams often, to make sure we achieve maximum parity in the league. This is not the NHL, so everyone makes the playoffs and has a shot at winning. Most of all, we love hockey and we encourage anyone to take up the game at any level. There is a place for you with us.
What You Get
- 16 games (the most in any league in the GVA, and the lowest cost per game of any league)
- 15 weekly shinny games (that’s like an extra full season for FREE!)
- Every team makes the playoffs and the champion is decided by a best of three game series
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Calgary AB Canada
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