Canfield Hockey: FAQ

Saturday, February 18
Frequently Asked Questions....

Canfield Has a Hockey Team?

The Canfield High School hockey program began in 1997 as a club team. In 2000-01 the team became officially sanctioned by the Canfield Board of Educatation, and recognized as a sanction high school team,in the Ohio High School Athletic Association. All players must attend Canfield High School or live in the Canfield School District and follow all athletic guidelines under the Canfield High School Athletic Code of Conduct, OHSAA, and have a physical on file at the school.

Where are games and practices?

We practice and play our home games at the Ice Zone on McClurg Rd. in Boardman. Official practices generally start in early November and the season runs through mid February with two practices per week. Our away games are in the Cleveland suburban area. We travel by school bus to our away games.

What League does the team participate in and who do they play?

Canfield hockey is part of the Greater Cleveland High School Hockey League. The league in broken up into three divisions based on skill level. The Red Division is the highest level, White Divison is the middle, and the Blue Division lower. We are part of the Blue Divsion (East) with teams such as Brush High School, Twinsburg High School, West Geagua HS, and Nordonia HS. We also play other teams which amounts to roughly 20-25 game schedule.

I've never skated before, can I still go out for the team?

We encourage any athlete who has the will and desire to achieve to play on our team. At the varsity level, we generally have 15-18 players on the roster, but for those not ready for that level, we have a developmental team that consists of 5th thru 9th graders. If you are a novice you can learn to skate and learn the game at a slower pace with our developmental program.

More About the Developmental Team?

Our developmental team is designed to prepare our athletes to compete at the the high school level. The team is a sanctioned USA Hockey team, however, is considered a club team and not sanctioned by the Board of Education, due to the fact the team has a wide range of ages participating. The team practices twice a week, also at the Ice Zone and has a 12-16 game schedule, playing some away games in the Cleveland area. The developmental team starts in September and goes through mid February. All new players start out on the Developmental team, until varsity tryouts take place in November.

Do I need equipment and skates?

The athlete is responsible to provide their own equipment, however, the hockey team does have some used equipment and skates that have been handed down. This gear is given out to the player until he/she can gather their own. Uniform jerseys and socks are provided for the season.

What are the costs?

Ice time costs to the team are $275 an hour, so therefore a fee must be charged for each athlete to participate. At the varsity level the fee ranges from $850-$900 per season.  The Canfield Hockey Boosters have fund raisers that help defray costs to players, and can significantly reduce fees by participating in the fund raisers.

Do I have to pay the athletic fee to the school also?

No, the Canfield High School hockey team operates independently from the school when it comes to fees and collection of those fees.

Are there off season work outs?

We will have summer sessions with dates and times to be announced.

Does the team have a website?

More info can be discovered at

Who are the coaches and contacts for the team(s)?

Chris Richards is the head coach of the varsity team. His assistant is JoeVillano.  Contact Greg Cooper , athleic director, at the Canfield High School athletic office or any Canfield Hockey board member for more information.