SMHA AAA Cards for 2023-2024 Season
As you are aware, SMHA took a one-year leave of absence from carding AAA teams at the U12, U13, and U14 age groups.
The purpose of the trial year was to assess whether this was viable path for hockey in Sudbury.
Unfortunately with Hockey Canada not supporting two team loops in Northern Ontario (3 team minimum), and with the lack of league games both locally and in southern Ontario for our AAA teams, the SMHA Board of Directors has reinstated AAA cards for 2023/24 season.
We understand that there will be those that do not support this decision. However, this decision ensures that our teams have guaranteed games to play next season, while SMHA works with NOHA to secure additional league games to play outside of Northern Ontario.
Based on this decision, SMHA is working on plans to grow hockey, increase player development and ensure quality coaching across all age groups. Our longterm goal is to increase high level hockey in Sudbury so our teams can compete successfully and that our players will have somewhere to play in Northern Ontario.