For one group of youngsters, it's a little bit different, as Novice Level players just entering the game play half-ice hockey.
"We have a small group of about eight kids, so we play four on four," outlined Kevin Hunter, assistant coach with the Encana Half-Ice Novice Raptors. "With a goalie, we also have three on the bench when we have a full squad, so they get lots of ice time and they're enjoying it, for sure."
Half-ice hockey was only mandated for entry-level players in Alberta last season and Hunter admitted it's been a learning process, but he thinks it's good for the kids as they try to pick up the rudiments of the game.
"Near the end, from what I understand, they'll start introducing full-ice (hockey) so that we can get used to the rules of full-ice with the offsides and icing and whatnot," he added.
"This group has been together for a couple of years now, so nothing fazes them," stated Hunter. "They like being around each other and they love the game of hockey, so it's a win-win for them."