Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions2022-12-07T02:46:40-05:00

We hope you find the answer to your questions here.  If you don’t, please feel to contact us!

How does House League Convening work?2021-03-27T15:15:51-04:00

House League Convening is the process of ensuring both your child and the entire team are playing at the correct league level (red/white/blue/green) to be competitive. This takes place after evaluations, and is generally a seven week period where members from all MHL associations ensure the evaluation process has placed players and teams at the correct skill level. During this period there may be entire team or individual player movement between levels to ensure the season is fun and competitive.

What are my options if I am unhappy with the impending results of convening?

  • Please remember, hockey is a team sport!
  • Please speak with your coach prior to the end of convening regarding your concerns.
  • Prior to the end of convening, you may ask for a release in order to move your child to another association; however, please read the following considerations:
    • All MHL associations, including the Heartland Dragons, will attempt to place your child at the correct level and balance the teams to the best of their abilities.
    • Our association is under no obligation to “release” your child to play with another association.
      • Each decision will be made on a case by case basis taking into consideration the best interests of the team and the child.
    • During house league registration, once a level is full it is closed, so children who wanted to play for your current team may have been turned away.
    • When you move to another association it:
      • Will leave your team short of players.
      • May cause a child who is happy on their team at the other association to be moved down to make room for your child.
    • Your registration refund will be pro-rated per our stated policy.
How do I register?2021-08-03T11:38:52-04:00

All registration for MHL associations is done through the Hockey Canada Registration web site.

To register, or to retrieve or change your password (in the Hockey Canada Registration system), click here.

To find out more about our registration fees and discounts, click here.

You may pay with money order, email transfer, or credit card (NO Cash).


Is there financial assistance available for registration or equipment?2022-05-16T22:05:55-04:00

We want everyone to have an opportunity to play Hockey. That said, there are a number of financial support programs available where needed. Our Association also offers multiple sibling discounts.

We also provide “new” first-year players that register to play with the Heartland Dragons a starter hockey equipment kit as a bonus for joining our Jr. Dragons Initiation Program (while supplies last).

Our Association also runs a HOKEH (Help Our Kids Enjoy Hockey) equipment program.  This program provides access to new/gently used equipment depending on the needs of your player for a $25 membership fee.  Invitations to the program are sent out annually prior to the start of the hockey season.

There are several Financial Assistance Programs available – please click here to check our Financial Assistance Programs page.

What does my registration fee include?2021-08-03T11:48:58-04:00
  • Ice time for regular practices and games.
  • Hockey jersey and socks.
  • Individual and team pictures.
  • End of year event.
  • All MHL and Hockey Canada administration fees.
  • All MHL gate fees (see our registration information for details).

Please note: all non-resident players registering in the MHL will be subject to a surcharge of $65.

There is no hockey equipment included in your fee.  As an introductory offer, for new, first year players that register with the Heartland Dragons prior to August 31st, they will receive a starter hockey equipment kit (while supplies last) as a bonus for becoming a Jr. Dragon player!!    Please click here for a list of recommended equipment.

When does body checking start?2019-04-04T02:32:54-04:00

There is no body checking at any level of House League or “A” level hockey.

Why is my child only playing a few minutes per game?2022-12-07T02:46:46-05:00
  • It is the policy of the MHL that all house league players receive equitable ice time during games. Remember, ice time will vary per game, with between 8 and 12 minutes per game considered normal (depending upon penalties and other game factors).  Prior to speaking with the coaching staff or association, please determine:
    • Is this a regular occurrence?
    • When your child appears to receive less ice time, how were they feeling that day? If the coach notices your child is tired or not feeling well, they may take this into consideration.
    • Are you upset about this or is your child upset?
  • If you are still concerned:
    • Please, remember the ’24 hour rule’ then speak with the coach or assistant coach.
    • If you are still concerned, inquiries can be directed to
What is the ’24 hour rule’?2022-05-16T22:21:41-04:00

If you are upset with anyone at our association, we ask that you wait 24 hours prior to contacting them via phone, text, or e-mail. 

This is a ‘cooling off’ period for all parties involved.  After 24 hours if you still feel a situation needs to be addressed, inquiries can be directed to

Who runs the Heartland Dragons?2022-05-16T22:42:15-04:00
  • Everyone who is involved with the Heartland Dragons is a volunteer.
  • There are no paid positions within any of the MHL associations.
  • Each association is led by a Board of Directors who commit to many hours each week to ensure your child has the best hockey season possible.
  • Additional volunteers are always welcome!