U7 - Part of Intro to Hockey

5 & 6 YR OLDS - Intro to Hockey

The U7 Lakers are 5 & 6 Year old players, born in 2018 and 2019 for the 2024-2025 hockey season. The U7 Division is an integral part of the Intro to Hockey program offered by SLMHA. This division provides great structure and the beginnings of schedule games both home & away, along with practices weekly.

  • Games & Practices - Last season our 4 teams had 46 practices and 16 scheduled games. We hosted a home festival and teams attend 2-3 away festivals.
  • Station-Based Practices - Players develop confidence and skills as they circulate through a station-based learning system during practices.

If your player is new to the game and needing an opportunity to build confidence & skills before delving into the sport, we also offer the Learn to Play Program designed for 4 to 8 year old players who are new to the game and are in the early stages of understanding the game and skills.  It is also a great opportunity for new players to learn the game in a safe and positive environment.

Welcome Letter from U7 Director

U7 - Intro to Hockey 2024-2025 Season


My name is Kristin Soppit and I will be your U7 director for the 2024-2025 hockey season. This is my second year on the board with SLMHA and I'm excited to have the opportunity to be more involved in minor hockey, as well as share the love of the sport with players and families.

I have been involved in minor hockey for the past 6 years, and I have supported my own son's teams as he has moved up through divisions.

Learning hockey early provides children with a way to develop physical, social and teamwork skills, growth, and development, that they can carry with them in all facets of life beyond the rink. My goal as the U7 Director is to help facilitate these skills, and I want to ensure that each player that steps out on to the ice is having fun, making memories, building friendships and is excited to play the sport.

If there are any questions or concerns you may have, please reach out to me: u7@slmha.hockey . If I am unable to answer your question, I have a great group of mentors who can assist me with any concerns.

I look forward to a great hockey season and meeting all the players and families! See you at the rink!




Kristin Soppit

SLMHA U7 Director



In following Hockey Alberta's Intro to Hockey, players will develop fundamental movements skills, manipulation skills and overall motor skills in a fun and safe sport environment that promotes self-confidence. For this program to reach its full potential, and to give our players the best experience that they could ask for, the program requires a lot of volunteer assistance. If you would consider being an on-ice instructor or helper, equipment/team manager, designated rink safety person or a person responsible for jerseys, please let me know.


On-Ice Instructors, Coaches or Helpers

All coaches will have the support of the Division Director. Parent volunteers are required to have:

  • Coach 1 'Intro to Coaching'
  • Respect in Sport 'Coaching'
  • Safety Certification from Hockey Alberta
  • Current Vulnerable Sector Criminal Record Check



Season Start Date:

Our U7 players will be starting their season this fall!

Schedule will be posted shortly...


In the meantime, a few key things to prepare for:

  • Save the following email addresses as "Safe-Senders" to your inbox, as we use TeamSnap to send group emails and some email providers may SPAM or Junk our emails before you see it otherwise!

general@slmha.hockey  & u7@slmha.hockey

  • Download the TeamSnap App - this will become the main form of communication for schedules and updates from your coaches, managers and director

*Please be sure to add u7@slmha.hockey & general@slmha.hockey as safe-senders to your inbox.


*Registered for hockey? Remember to download the TeamSnap App to your phone to access your player's roster, ice-times, health check and to receive communications from your Directors, Coaches & Managers.