FUN is key in OGHA's FUNdamentals program


+++ 2020-21 FUNdamentals is ON: Pls read below for further information on how to Register+++

If your daughter wants to play hockey, the OGHA FUNdamentals girls program is for her!  By mixing in FUN and player development, the players learn new skills but also gain friendships along the way.  The all-female OGHA coaching staff believes in keeping the FUN in FUNdamentals by motivating the players to be the best that they can be while having fun. Fun matters if they are going to love a sport enough to continue playing for life.

What skills will my daughter learn?

  • FUNdamentals is a structured, learn-to-play hockey program that uses Hockey Canada’s Initiation Program (HCIP) curriculum to teach beginners basic technical skills (skating, puck handling, stopping, passing, turning and shooting) in an atmosphere that stresses FUN, cooperation and fair play. No matter how much experience your daughter has with hockey, she will learn and develop fundamental hockey skills, an understanding of cooperation and team play and develop more self-confidence in a FUN environment.

Who are the coaches?

  • FUNdamentals has female certified instructors and several hockey-playing volunteers.
  • Our bilingual lead female instructor, Isabel Menard, has many years of coaching and on-ice skills instruction backed by skills developed during her international hockey career. You can read more about her hockey background in her bio.

What equipment does my daughter need?

  • Girls participating in FUNdamentals are required to wear full hockey equipment as mandated by Hockey Canada.  Note:  Mouth guards are not mandatory but recommended and wrist guards are not mandatory.
  • Jerseys are provided but not hockey socks so you will need to purchase those prior to arriving at the rink.

Is this program suitable for girls of any age who are new to hockey?

  • FUNdamentals is the OGHA's initiation to hockey program starting with girls aged 4 and above. Maximum age is 6, but any girl aged 7 or older who is new to hockey can register in the House League level for her age group.  She will be able to practice and play with her team and also attend FUNdamentals sessions for free to help with further development. 

My daughter has never skated before.  Is FUNdamentals right for her?

  • Many of the participants are stepping onto the ice for the first time and will learn to skate, including how to fall safely and get up on their own quickly and easily. Our program has a strong focus on skating, a key skill for any hockey player.  Girls with more skating or hockey experience for their age will be able to build upon their existing skating skills and be good role models for those learning for the first time.

How has COVID-19 impacted FUNdamentals?

  • Due to COVID-19 and the physical distancing requirements mandated by Ottawa Public Health, the number of skaters and the Coach:Player ratio for FUNdamentals will be affected. 
  • With current restrictions of 10 skaters / ice surface, the FUNdamentals will run 3x40 min sessions within a 2 hr ice block.  After each 40 min (and no flood), skaters will switch for a new group,. but keep instructors on.  All skaters will be scheduled according to age and ability to maintain the same "bubble"  
  • Pls note that this is a very fluid situation and COVID-19 related restrictions may ease (or increase) as the season progresses.  This plan is based upon the information as of the end of July.  This page wil be updated with the latest information that directly affects the FUNDamentals program.
  • Ice availability has also been impacted throughout the pandemic and not all City areans will be open for the start of the season.

What is the FUNdamentals schedule? - THE OGHA Plan

  • The 2020-21 FUNdamentals will start at the end of September and run until March 2021.  The sessions will be held at an arena located in Ottawa Centre, e.g. McNabb, Carleton, Tom Brown, Jim Durrell. 
  • Depending upon numbers and arena availability,  FUNdamentals will be offered either once or twice per weekend 
  • Saturdays - 8:00 am to 10:00 am  AND/OR Sundays - 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Fun games may be scheduled with other associations later in the season.
  • FUNdamentals does not run during Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas holidays.  The program ends the weekend prior to Ontario's March Break. 

Do the girls in the FUNdamentals program attend one or both of the Weekend sessions?

  • If the FUNdamentals program includes two sessions per week., girls can attend both sessions to maximize their skill development. If your daughter can only attend one session, she will still learn important hockey skills and have fun with her friends at the same time.   Most girls have so much FUN that they encourage their parents to bring them to as many sessions as possible.

How early do I need to arrive at the arena?

  • Most arena facilities are recommending that players show up already dressed in gear, 15 minutes before the start of the ice session.  More detailed COFID-19 protocols will be sent out to families prior to the start of FUNdamentals in early September.  

How much does the program cost?

  • The registration fee is TBD but will not exceed $350.

REGISTER here:  Currently, the OGHA is soliciting families for their Intent to Register (ITR) for all of our programs.  This includes FUNdamentals.  In order to complete this process, each player must have an account on the Ontario Womens Hockey Association new Registration system. To Access the ITR with the new OWHA system, go to the OGHA login page and click on "+Create New Account" which will redirect to the OWHA site. No $$$ is required...but this is rquired for our own ice allocation process so we can be as accurate as possible and continue to provide female hockey programs at all levels that are affordable and safe.   

Our bilingual lead female instructor, Isabel Menard's bio can be found here.



For more information on FUNdamentals, please contact our program coordinator at


“Learning the basic skills in practice at a young age is so important, because it allows the children to skate more, make more passes, take more shots on net and have the puck on their stick more than in any game.” -Paul Kariya, former NHL player and spokesperson for Hockey Canada’s Initiation Program.