About Hockey Super League
A HOCKEY LEAGUE CREATED BY HOCKEY PLAYERS FOR HOCKEY PLAYERS
Founded in Edmonton, Alberta in 2017, the Hockey Super League (HSL) is an alternative to the minor hockey winter season for players. The HSL has grown to over 102 teams and 1300 athletes in 13 Divisions and has many of the top age group players in the province.
The HSL was created to provide an opportunity for athletes to participate in a privately-operated program that’s goal is to develop high level hockey players and create leaders both on and off the ice. Athletes are not restricted by borders or boundaries and can play for programs that best meets their development goals not based on where they live. We believe that athletes should not have to uproot their academic commitments to pursue a specialized hockey program. The HSL is not a registered league with Hockey Canada or Hockey Alberta; we are independent of these organizations. All players and staff of HSL teams are fully insured and we have advanced player rules and officiating training that has resulted in a safer game play.
Our development philosophy consists of working with and empowering HSL franchises that have a fundamental focus on creating long term development plans for their athletes. Similar to the European Hockey and Soccer development model; we believe that it is essential to have a higher ratio of practice sessions to games in order to improve an athlete’s skill and performance in competition.
We believe that consistent high level instruction is required over a long period of time in order to reach optimal athletic development and that success should not be measured by short term wins and losses but rather on individual skill development and athletic growth within a team setting. Access to professional skills coaches are mandatory requirements of acceptance into the HSL as a way of ensuring the athletes receive the best training and development possible.
This consistency and fundamental belief in coaching and development removes the interruptions of the present conventional hockey programs and results in limited player turnover and the development of high-level hockey players and leaders. The HSL is setting new standards for hockey player development in Canada.