We have been conducting minor hockey evaluations for over 15 years and are excited to be working with your Minor Hockey Association

With Max, your annual evaluation is not only used to guide the placement of players at the level appropriate to their current skill, but also to collect and provide a set of baseline data that will help athletes, parents, coaches, and program administrators build meaningful long term player development.

Our Goal

To create a transparent process that provides each player with an equal and fair opportunity to compete in a consistent, comprehensive and unbiased evaluation.

To collect data from the evaluation and provide that data to the association to help them place players at an appropriate level and team that will encourage development, competitiveness, and fun

To enable parents, coaches, and associations the opportunity to identify the strengths and weakness of their players and teams which will help them focus their resources in order to foster meaningful development.

Our Philosophy

Through clear and concise communication, well-planned ice sessions, unbiased objectivity, every player will receive a fair and meaningful evaluation.

Tryout Process

The MAX™ evaluation process is outlined below, but from time to time minor hockey associations may need to tweak or vary the format to suit their unique needs. Modifications from the MAX™ standard outlined below are commonly caused by the number of registered players, available ice times, and overall resources

MAX™ Evaluation - Round 1

Players of all skill levels will be equally distributed into groups not exceeding 28 skaters per ice time and will each be assigned 1 or 2 ice times (depending on age). These evaluation skate(s) will focus on and be structured to assess the players level of skill in a variety of core areas, all based on Hockey Canada’s skill development matrix. The skill areas being assessed will include:

Skating – speed, quickness, technique
  • Forward and Backward
  • Turn both directions
  • Stop both directions
  • Stride length, form, and technique
Agility - pivots, transition, lateral movement
  • Transition, changing from one direction to another
  • Pivoting, maintaining control and speed
  • Being able to track diagonally across the ice efficiently
  • Balance and Coordination
Puck Control – open ice, around obstacles
  • Ability to maintain speed and control in open areas
  • Ability to maintain speed and control around obstacles
  • Handling the puck in tight space
Shooting – technique, accuracy, velocity
  • Velocity, quick release and speed of puck
  • Shooting accuracy at targets, or on goalies
  • Technique, hand and body position
Passing – accuracy, technique
  • Giving and receiving passes
  • Moving and stationary passes
  • Accuracy and technique

Goalies will also be evaluated, and in addition will participate in a separate ice time that is designed specifically for them. Throughout the evaluation goalies will be assessed on a variety of core areas, all based on Hockey Canada’s skill development matrix. These skill areas will include:

  • Staking
  • Hand / Stick positioning
  • Stance and body positioning
  • Foot positioning
  • Lateral Movements
  • Transition from skates to butterfly and vice versa
  • Tracking the puck
  • Reaction and recovery
Save execution
  • Ability to save the puck
  • Work ethic and focus
  • Rebound control

Once this round of skill assessment has concluded, players will be organized and regrouped with other players of similar skill level.

MAX™ Evaluation - Round 2

Typically 1 skate, players will now be assessed in game scenarios where the assessment will be focused on hockey knowledge, game play, as well as competitive proficiency and team play. This skill areas will include:

Tactics - offensive and defensive tactics
  • Intent, in a good position and making the right decisions
  • Execution, able to effectively make successful plays
Game Play - overall ability to perform
  • Player understands positional play, and puck support
  • Player is involved, and has an impact on the play
  • Player is working hard in all zones of the ice
  • Player makes good decision uses teammates appropriately
  • Player can obtain and maintain the puck when being challenged

Depending on the number of players in each ice time, a variety of different game scenarios may be used (ie. 3 on 3, 4 on 4, 5 on 5).

At the conclusion of the the game assessment, another regrouping is likely to occur. Some players may be removed from the evaluation process, and their evaluation will be concluded, while other players will be asked to return for Round 3 of the assessment.

MAX™ Evaluation - Round 3

Typically 1 skate, this final skate is used to refine the assessment for players who are very close in skill level. This skate can encompass some additional skill evaluation, but is ofter more likely focused on additional game play evaluation.

At the the conclusion of this round, all players will have concluded their assessment and results of the assessment will be reviewed by the associations evaluations committee. The results collected during the evaluation will be used to guide level assignment and team formations.

Throughout the evaluation process a 0 to 10 scale will be used to assess each player. Where 0 being unable to perform and demonstrate the skill, to 10 being excels at performing the skill. The scale will be relevant to the players age and ability as outlined by Hockey Canada

Good luck to all our participants, and most of all, HAVE FUN!!

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