A Hockey Direct Entry (13 – 17)

General Info:

A Hockey for 13-17 year olds (known as Direct Entry) is a city-wide league.

  • Bantam Division – 13 and 14 year-olds
  • Bantam A1
  • Bantam A2
  • Bantam A3
  • * Note: no body contact in Bantam A2/A3
  • Midget Division – 15, 16 and 17 year-olds
  • Midget A1
  • Midget A2
  • * Note: no body contact in Midget A2

2017-18 Update:  Beginning this season, Hockey Winnipeg has eliminated the Minor Bantam and Minor Midget categories. The AA Hockey Program will keep Minor Bantam (13) and Bantam (14) divisions in 2017-18.  The Midget AA division is for players ages 15, 16,and 17.  Players from SWHA who wish to try out for the Twins AA Hockey program can find information on the Twins website.

The number of players registered within the SWHA boundaries determines how many A-Hockey teams SWHA can host according to Hockey Winnipeg guidelines.  In recent years SWHA has combined tryouts and team formation with the Fort Garry North Hockey Association (FGNHA) to provide access to all levels of play (A1, A2 & A3).

Try-outs are held each year to place players onto appropriate teams.  The highest ranked players are placed on an A1 team, the next highest on A2, and the next on A3.

Preseason Ice (ages 13+) 

Players ages 13-17 have 1 hour of preseason ice included in the registration cost.  September is a busy hockey month.  13-17 year-old players are often involved in AA, AAA and High School tryouts that conflict with the preseason skate schedule.  Due to all the inevitable schedule conflicts, SWHA limits our preseason schedule, but we recommend all players supplement this 1 skate with additional hockey conditioning prior to tryouts.

SWHA preseason ice (1 skate) is open to all *registered players, including players involved in the AA/AAA/High School tryouts.

Player Development Program (PDP )

For Bantam (13/14) players looking for a September conditioning and skills development program, SWHA hosts the Preseason Development Program (PDP) at Richmond Kings Arena (5 hours).

On ice instruction during the preseason is provided by Keane Hockey Programs.  Billy Keane has 27 years experience as a full time hockey development professional.  He is an assistant coach with the Winnipeg South Blues (MJHL) and has coached at various levels in minor hockey, AAA, MJHL, and University teams.  Instructors are all qualified hockey instructors chosen and trained by Billy.  Each one hour session consists of “skills and drills” and scrimmage time.

*Note:  Participants must be registered with SWHA prior to attending preseason skates or tryouts.  High School hockey is a separate program in Winnipeg.  Players who wish to attend preseason skates or AAA, AA, A1 or A2 tryouts must register through SWHA first to be eligible to attend.  See AAA and High School Information for details.

Direct Entry Game Schedules and Standings are available on the Hockey Winnipeg website.


Recent Direct Entry (13-17) News


2018 SWHA Awards Night

March 15, 2018

At this time we are requesting that parents provide nominations for the following awards: SWHA Coach of the Year, which can be a Head or Assistant coach from any SWHA […]


SWHA 2018 Playoff Meeting

February 14, 2018

Attention Coaches & Managers (Female, 8-12 and Direct Entry teams), The 2018 SWHA playoff meeting will be held Wednesday Feb. 21st, 8:00pm at SWCC – Richmond. At least one officially […]


Coach Meeting 2017-18 Season

October 10, 2017

7:00 pm, Wed October 11, 2017 St Norbert Community Centre All SWHA Coaches (Co-ed teams Novice A thru Midget) and Storm Coaches (female teams hosted by SWHA & FGNHA) are […]


2017-18 Schedule Exemption Deadlines

October 4, 2017

Planning a tournament? The 2017-18 Hockey Winnipeg Schedule exemption deadlines for A-hockey teams; Novice A (7&8) and older are: First Half:  October 10, 2017 Second Half:  December 1, 2017 Teams […]


2017 Player Development Program Cancelled

August 11, 2017

The 2017 Player Development Program (PDP) will not be taking place.  Players currently registered will be refunded in the next few days.  For refund inquiries, please contact the SWHA Registrar, Brent […]


Interested in Coaching?

July 31, 2017

The SWHA Coach Selection Committee is now accepting applications for Head Coaches and Assistant Coaches for the 2017-18 season.  Applicants must complete the application form provided under the Coach/Manager section of the […]


SWHA 2017 Playoff Meeting

February 13, 2017

Attention Coaches (Female, 8-12 and Direct Entry teams), The 2017 SWHA playoff meeting will be held Tuesday Feb. 21st, 8:00pm at St. Norbert. At least one coach from each team […]


2016/17 Tryout Schedules

September 15, 2016

Preseason Skate and Tryout Schedules are now posted under the SCHEDULES menu.  Tryouts for House League (5/6 & 7/8), Winnipeg Storm Female Division, 8A1, Minor Atom (9), Atom (10), Minor […]


2016 Player Development Program

August 3, 2016

Online registration for the 2016 Player Development Program (PDP) is now open for participants in the boys hockey program, (ages 9-14). Registration for the PDP is exclusive to the SWHA […]