Recruiting FAQ / International

Do players have to pay-to-play for the Tillsonburg Hurricanes?

Yes.  This is a Pay – To – Play Tier II Junior “A”  league. We keep the cost affordable for Players and Families. Our Club costs are equal to AAA, and other Junior A Leagues in North American.  

What is a tender?
A tender is a confidential contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular GMHL team and that GMHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an GMHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the GMHL and he may not be recruited by any other GMHL team. All tenders are void after a GMHL date validates players are now free to sign with another GMHL team

How many players can the Hurricanes sign?
Tillsonburg likes to carry 3-4 goalies, 8-9 Defence and 12-15 Forwards. We like to secure our Team to be a Healthy Team throughout the season and be able to compete at a high level ever game night.  Life, School, development and injuries play a big roll in a players involvement everygame night.

When is the GMHL Draft?
The 2019 GMHL Entry Draft is scheduled on May 12

Are tendered or drafted players eligible to try out for other GMHL teams?
Unless agreed upon in writing by the two GMHL teams, tendered or drafted players are not eligible to try out for other GMHL teams.

Are tendered or drafted players eligible to try out for teams in other junior leagues?
Yes, all tendered and drafted players are eligible to try out for any team in any league other than the GMHL.

What if I am not drafted or tendered, but still want to play in the GMHL?
Players that go undrafted must contact Tillsonburg Hurricanes President/GM Ian Ellis regarding tryout procedures. Un-drafted and non-tendered players are eligible to try out for our club. Many free-agent players earn roster spots at our tryout camps, and therefore are a very important part of our recruiting process.

How do I learn about individual teams’ tryout dates, costs and procedures?
Tryout dates and contact information will posted on the teams’ Web sites.

How do I let teams know I am interested in playing for Tillsonburg Hurricanes?
Prospective players must contact the individual teams coaching and scouting staffs regarding their interest. Contact information can be found on the teams’ Web site.

Are non-Canadian born citizens allowed to play in the GMHL?
Yes, we expect ALL players from around the World, from ALL countries. 

Is there Player Insurance?

All non-Canadian born players must purchase Player Insurance throught the GMHL selected Partner Insurance Compnay. You can visit www.gmhl.net

What does the Players Fees go towards?
Our club uses the players fees to help pay for all players’ ice time (practices and games), as well as all travel costs incurred while traveling for games and tournaments, including meals, and any other program packages available for the player. The club also incures additional fees that are not part of the player fees.  

Do Players get Traded?

The Hurricanes state in ALL players agreements, The player will not be traded.  We believe the player needs a strong foundation to build confidence, mental strength and to devleop in a stress-free and positive enviroment. 

Is equipment supplied and paid for by the team?
Most equipment is supplied and paid for by the team, including tape, gloves, pants, jerseys, socks and skate sharpening. Players can have the Additional Equipment Package if requested. Stick can be added to the players package if requested.

What is a billet family?
As most players leave home to play in Tillsonburg, a billet family is with whom a player lives with during the GMHL season. It is where they eat, sleep and study. Billet families are screened and interviewed extensively by the team to ensure a healthy living environment before being allowed to house players.

What are Hurricane players responsible to pay for?
In additional to personal expenses, Hurricane players are responsible for a monthly fee — an estimated $525 a month — to cover room and board at the player’s billet home. That money is paid to the billet family to cover living expenses (food, etc.) on the 1st of each month.

Can high school student-athletes leave home to play for the Hurricanes?
Yes, many players still in high school leave home to play in Tillsonburg. Those players enroll in a high school in Tillsonburg are under the strict supervision of an academic advisor at the high school as well as OUR team’s staff.

Can high school graduates work or attend classes while playing playimg for the Hurricanes?
Yes, we encourage every high school graduate to either work a part-time job or attend academic classes while playing for the Hurricanes. International working Visa’ will be need for those non-Canadian players to work in Canada.

Tillsonburg Hurricane Hockey Club: FAQs

Here at Tillsonburg Hurricane Hockey Club, we understand and take into consideration your concerns as parents. Since introducing hockey to your child is a big step to make, rest assured that we will provide you with all of the necessary information to keep you at ease.

On this page, we will provide you with some of the most frequently asked questions by the children’s guardians that you may find related to your concern. However, if you have other concerns, feel free to contact us at 1-519-573-7223 or info@tillsonburgjrahockeyclub.ca.

Q1: Why should my child play hockey?

A: Your child should play hockey since it not only offers them the chance to make new friends, get physically active but develop essential skills like hand-eye coordination and strategic thinking as well.

Additionally, this sport is also known for building character as it teaches them how to learn the value of teamwork, sportsmanship, and personal responsibility. The National Sports of Canada Act has also established hockey as Canada’s official winter sport, making it a quintessential part of the Canadian culture.

Q2: What are the attributes that the hockey club wants to develop for the children?

Here at Tillsonburg Hurricane Hockey Club, we make sure that all of our coaches are qualified and have experience with professional hockey. Throughout their stay, we make sure to assess their skills and help develop the certain attributes listed below:

  1. Skill
    • Skating
    • Passing
    • Shooting ability
    • Puck control
    • Has the offensive and defensive ability
  2. Sportsmanship
    • Teamwork
    • Respect
    • Positive attitude
    • Hard work
  3. Speed
    • Skating
    • Fore-checking
    • Back-checking
  4. Preparedness
    • Punctuality
    • Knows what equipment to bring at all times.
  5. Attitude Toward Learning
    • Has the ability to recover from mistakes
    • Has the ability to follow  instructions and follow the drills properly
  6. Leadership
    • Has the initiative to help other players
    • Encourages other players
    • Sets an example through hard work
  7. Skating Ability
    • Has the ability to turn, stop and skate quickly
    • Always skates hard every time they train

Q3: What are the equipment that my child needs?

A: Remember, all hockey players are required to have a full set of equipment in order to play. To help you with this, Tillsonburg Hurricane Hockey Club has prepared a list of every piece of equipment your child will need.

Reminder: To ensure player safety, all hockey players must have the following equipment:

  • Helmet (must be CSA-certified)
  • Mouthguard
  • Neck guard (must be BNQ-certified)
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Gloves
  • Groin guard (jock/jill/cup)
  • Hockey pants
  • Shin pads
  • Hockey socks
  • Skates
  • Hockey stick
  • Practice jersey
  • Equipment bag

Aside from the basic equipment, you need to have, several optional pieces of equipment can make your child’s hockey experience even better:

  • Skate guards
  • Water bottle
  • Pucks
  • Stick tape
  • Sock tape/Shin pad straps 
  • Spare stick
  • Spare laces
  • Stick wax

Q4: Can my child use a dentist moulded mouthguard?

A: Yes, you can! Just make sure that you have a mouthguard that is constructed and fitted by a dental professional to provide the best protection for your child’s teeth. Remember, the dentist takes a replica of your teeth and makes a plaster model get the perfect fit. 

These mouthguards not only provide the best protection but also provide comfort and cushioning (shock absorption) effect. Although it can be quite expensive, the cost of an injury to the teeth or jaw will be a lot more costly. Additionally, you can also check with your health insurance provider if they can provide you with free custom made mouthguards to avoid spending too much.

Q5: Does my child need special shoes to play hockey?

A: If your child is just starting or practising drills on land, wearing normal sneakers are fine. However, once they are on the ice, you must purchase special hockey turf shoes which have small cleats on the bottom to prevent them from slipping around as much.

Q6: What are the minor hockey age categories?

A: The minor hockey age categories include:

  • U7 – This is only for players six years of age or younger
  • U9 – This is only for players seven and eight years of age
  • U11 – This is only for players nine and 10 years of age
  • U13 – This is only  for players 11 and 12 years of age
  • U15 – This is only for players 13 and 14 years of age
  • U18 – This is only  for players 15, 16, and 17 years of age
  • U21 – This is only for players 18, 19 and 20 years of age

Q7: Is Tillsonburg Hurricane Hockey Club just for elite players?

A: Well, that is a big no! Here at our hockey club, players of all ages, abilities and experience are welcome to join. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a beginner, a social player or an aspiring international.

Q8: Are the coaches reliable?

Yes, they are. We make sure to have a huge team of experienced and inspirational coaches at Tillsonburg Hurricane Hockey Club including qualified coaches and current international players.

Q9: Do players have to pay to train with Tillsonburg Hurricanes Hockey Club?

Yes. However, we make sure to keep the cost affordable for players and families. With our expert trainers and high-quality facilities, rest assured that your children are in good hands.

Q10: What is a tender?

A tender is a confidential agreement wherein a player signs a contract announcing his intentions to play for the team. Once a player signs a tender with us, his/her playing rights belong to the Tillsonburg Hurricanes Hockey team and he may not be recruited by any other GMHL team.

Q11: How do I register with Tillsonburg Hurricanes Hockey Club?

A: One of the ways to register your children is by visiting us in person at Lisgar Ave, Tillsonburg, ON N0G 5A5, Canada or sending us an email online at info@tillsonburgjrahockeyclub.ca. 

When doing this, make sure to complete the requirements including your child’s details like name, address, date of birth, hockey history and provincial or territorial medical insurance number. For more assurance, you may also need to bring proof of residences such as a credit card statement, income tax assessment, school registration document, utility bill or proof of homeowner’s or renter’s insurance.

Q12: Are non-Canadian born citizens allowed to play?

A: No matter where you are, rest assured that all players from around the world are welcome to join our hockey club.

Q13: Is there player insurance?

A: Yes, there is player insurance for Canadian residents. On the contrary, for all non-Canadian born players, we recommend purchasing player insurance through the organization’s partner insurance company. You can visit www.gmhl.net

Q14: Where do the players’ fees go?

A: All of our club’s fees are used in helping players with their practices and games, as well as all travel costs incurred while travelling for games, tournaments, meals, and many more. 

Q15: Is equipment supplied and paid for by the team?

A: Most of the equipment is supplied and paid for by the team including tape, gloves, pants, jerseys, socks and skate sharpening. However, we do recommend buying your own, so that you are more comfortable using it.

Q16: What is a billet family?

Since most hockey players tend to have a hard time commuting every day, they are taken care of by a billet family. If you are not familiar with this term, they are basically the ones who ensure a healthy living environment for players.

Q17: Are there any travel and tournament fees?

Yes, there are fees included when going to tournaments and various places. It is simply up to the coaching staff on how they will handle the fees. Luckily, here at our organization, we make sure to minimize the cost as much as possible for your convenience.

Q18: Can my child that is currently studying go away from home to play for the Hurricanes?

Yes, many players that are still in school can go play hockey if they want to play in Tillsonburg. However, they will be under strict supervision by an academic advisor as well as our team’s staff.

Q19: Are there any events that are held at Tillsonburg Hurricane Hockey Club?

Yes, there is! Tillsonburg Hurricane Hockey Club holds regular social events throughout the year. We want all of our players to have fun and encourage all of them to regularly attend social events and enjoy. So, if you are planning on attending our events, make sure to Keep up to date on all our social events by subscribing to our newsletter or liking us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

Q20: My child has little hockey experience. Will they get much playing time?

Before your child gets to join various competitions, we make sure that they are ready and have the essential skills to play. Moreover, our coaches are directed to divide playing time as equally as possible for all players, so you don’t have to worry about it.

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