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♦ Age & Skill Progression 
♦ Competitive & Challenging Environment   
♦ Under the direction of Professional Suburban Staff

SEPTEMBER 9, 2023 - MARCH 30, 2024
(No skates October 21, November 11, November 23rd, November 25th, December 23rd, December 25th, December 28th, December 30th, January 1st, January 13th, February 17th)

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Our mission in all programs at John Lindell-Royal Oak Ice Arena is to ensure that every player is playing at the proper competitive level so that he/she can truly enjoy playing the game, while developing age-appropriate skills and knowledge of the sport.  With this in mind we have designed an 8 and Under program that incorporates age and skill progression in a competitive and challenging environment under the direction of trained professional John Lindell-Royal Oak Staff.  Please review the different levels below and feel free to contact us with questions.

John Williams

Hockey Operations Manager

Phone: (248) 246-3950

  • Recommended as a first step for beginning hockey players who completed a Learn to Skate class and have a solid base of fundamental skating skills.

  • One 1-hour skate each week. 

  • Saturdays at 10:00-10:50am

  • Emphasis on creating a fun, challenging environment for players to learn the basic principles of skating and stickhandling through station based drills and skill building games

  • Players will be grouped by skill level


Level 2 - Mini Mites
(Ages 5-8)


  • Program serves as an introduction to "team" play with practice sessions and small-ice games. 

  • Mondays at 5:45pm-6:35pm and Saturdays at 11:00am-11:50pm 

  • Program runs September through March

  • Introduction to team play with skill building practices on Mondays and cross-ice games on Saturdays

  • Teams are drafted at the end of training camp, by Royal Oak Hockey Club personnel.

  • Each player will have the opportunity to play as a goaltender utilizing USA Hockey Quick-change Goalie Equipment

  • We strongly believe that keeping the players active and moving on the ice, having fun, and building confidence is essential.  

  • Games will be cross-ice which is played width-wise in the end zones of the rink.  


Level 3 - Mite League
(Ages 7-8)

Sept. 10, 2023 - March 25, 2024

  • Mondays at 6:45pm-7:35pm, Thursdays at 6:15pm-7:05pm and Saturdays at 12:00pm-12:50 pm

  • Development of team play with skill building practices on along with half ice games

  • Hockey Director runs practices and games

  • Teams are drafted at the conclusion of training camp, by coaches with the assistance of Royal Oak Hockey Club personnel.

  • All games will be played half ice (red line to red line) during the 1st half of the season and full ice games will be scheduled starting in January.

  • Players will rotate as goaltender and will use the quick-change goalie equipment provided

  • Teams will have the opportunity to play in local jamborees



Registration with USA Hockey is mandatory and your membership number will be required during registration. Register NOW at Your registration is good through August 31, 2024.

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