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Mini-Mite, Termites, Rookie Mites

3M Arena at Mariucci January 12th, 2019

Adress:  1901 4th St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Enter arena from 4th street (South West corner).  There will be signage to the locker rooms from there.  I usually park in the 4th street parking ramp but there are numerous options.  Most cost money and will require some walking so plan accordingly.


Lower Level Name Legend

Registration is based on birth dates.  See registration page for mapping of birth dates and levels.  Generally:

Rookie mites = 4 and 5 year olds

Termites = 5 and 6 year olds

Mini-Mites = 7 and 8 year olds

Season Information


The Rookie, Termite and Mini-Mite seasons run from late October  to mid March.  Rookies will have one touch (Saturdays) Termite and Mini Mite will have 2 touches each week.  Generally practice and game times on Saturday and Sunday Mornings fall between 7:00 am and noon.  Saturday is an ADM practice and Sunday is "game" day.  All games  will be half ice.  We will add a shinny hockey touch in the evening mid-week when the outdoor ice is open.  This will be a very loose format and will consist of mainly playing different games, scrimmaging etc.  Our goal is to get kids out on the ice and have fun (also to keep them moving in the cold weather.) I will be attempting to arrange 2-3 out of Chaska/Chan games for the Mini Mites again this year.  Last year we traveled to Wayzata and it received great reviews from the parents and kids. 

Rookie Mites will consist of one touch a week, generally on Saturday Mornings.  We will start adding scrimmages when we feel these kids are ready, it is usually about mid to late December. 


All levels will have an end of year in house Jamboree tournament to close the season.  This is a great time for all the kids. 

Termites and Mini's will have the pond hockey classic over the holiday weekend.  This is a great way for them to show off their skills to all the relatives.  

New To Hockey?

Here are some basics you will need to know: 

1) Sharpen your skates before getting on the ice.  There are several local shops that can do this for you.  Two in Downtown Chan.  Do not let your child on the ice with skates right out of the box.  It will make an already challenging endeavor impossible.  

2) Rental equipment is available on a first come first serve basis.  Please contact Mike Colleran, the equipment manager.  His contact info is on the contact information page.  You may also consider attending a Try Hockey For Free (details on the home page) to fit gear and skate in the rental gear.

Hockey Equipment

Required Hockey gear:

  • Hockey Skates - Make sure they are sharpened.  
  • Hockey Helmet with Face Mask
  • Mouth Guard (with strap – attached to the Face Mask)
  • Neck Guard
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Shin Pads
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
  • Hockey Stick – wood stick, composite stick or similar (NOTE: no plastic street hockey sticks or plastic blades). SIZE - stick should hit bottom of nose with no skates on
  • Athletic Supporter (pelvic protector for girls). These usually have velcro to hold up hockey socks
  • Hockey Pants/Breezers (suspenders if needed to hold up the Pants/Breezers)

Visit any of the local sporting goods stores to find equipment, skates (new or used) and most importantly, get properly sized for all your equipment, skates and stick. 

CCHA will provide Jersey and Hockey Socks

Hockey Parents 101 Class: "What the sporting goods stores won't tell you!!!"

HockeyStop Hockey Parent 101 Classes now scheduled!

Hockey Parent 101 Class - learn about skate fitting, helmet fitting, gear fitting, things to watch out for at sporting goods stores, and any other questions you may have about the sport of hockey. 
Sunday September 9th, 9:30am - 10:30am
Friday September 14th, 9:30am-10:30am
Sunday September 16th, 9:30am - 10:30am
HockeyStop (Chanhassen Store)
(across the street from Chic-fil-a)
If you can’t make the times above, just email us at and we’ll try and accommodate.

Community Skate Wall

Hello CCHA member, please help HockeyStop finish the Community Skate Wall!!! We all know the cost of hockey is high and skates are one of the highest cost items. In our continued mission to support our local communities and grow the game of hockey, HockeyStop has created a "Community Skate Wall" which will provide affordable skate rentals for youth hockey players.

We all have skates in our garages or basements that aren't being used. Please bring them to HockeyStop so we can provide them to first time skaters, skaters than are growing two sizes every two months, or multi-skater families who just need a break from buying new skates every other week :-)


Outdoor Ice (Termite & MIni-Mite)

Outdoor ice touches will be added to the calendar as weather permits (e.g. December through February).  These are "extra" ice touches that are informal and purposely unstructured.  It is expected that at least one coach is present and may help organize somewhat but are not required to be on the ice.  The intent is for the kids to play "shinny".  Dress appropriate for the weather - helmet, elbow pads and shin pads are required.

Unless the city of Chanhassen closes due to weather, show-up, have a skate and have fun. 

Rink Closures:
The following guidelines will be used to determine outdoor rink closures:

  • When temperatures soften the ice.
  • When actual or windchill temperatures reach -15 degrees or colder.
  • If more than 1 inch of snow accumulates on the ice when maintenance crews are not available.

For up-to-date information on rink closures, call the Weather Hotline at 952-227-1411.

1. Bandimere Park
    9405 Great Plains Blvd.
2. Chanhassen Rec Center (AKA Bluff Creek)
    2310 Coulter Blvd.
3. City Center Park
    7700 Market Boulevard
4. No. Lotus Lake Park
    295 Pleasant View Rd,


Jon Johnson

Lower Mite Commissioner

Sponsorship Opportunities

Do you own a local business?  Work for a company that supports sponsorships of youth sports?

The Chaska Chanhassen Hockey Association (CCHA) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit youth sports organization with a mission to offer a competitive hockey experience to boys and girls in Chaska, Chanhassen, Victoria, Carver and surrounding communities. CCHA has 600+ players that range in age from 5 – 18, representing over 450 families and nearly 2,000 family members.

In order to make hockey affordable, we are asking our community business partners to help sponsor certain high profile elements of our program. Corporate sponsorships allow CCHA to keep recreational and competitive hockey available to all players, regardless of their financial situation.

All of our sponsor levels are affordable, offer a great value, and may be tax deductible.

Contact Mark Heinert at

Thank you for your support!

Translating the Calendar

For all of you new to hockey - 

CCC = Chaska Community Center (rink 1 (C1, CCC 1, Chaska 1) or rink 2 (C2, CCC2, Chaska 2)) 

VRC/Vic/V = Victoria Rec Center (East rink or West Rink)  

Double check the calendar as I have been to the wrong rink many a times and I am sure I am not done showing up at the wrong place. 

The argument for Blue Pucks

Think of the blue puck as running an under-speed drill versus over-speed. If a player can’t pivot around cones using proper edge work, then a coach should not ask the player to perform the drill at full speed. It will only reinforce poor technique habits.

If you give young players a black puck too soon, it will slow their development and potentially develop bad technical habits. The player must learn and perfect the technique before adding a level of advanced development. In skills like puck-handling, passing and shooting – which are very technical for a younger player – we should provide equipment that is age-appropriate so they can learn optimal muscle memory and have tons of success. We need to adapt the game to the kid and not the kid to the game.

Lighter weight blue pucks, along with the correct stick, help players build confidence and avoid frustration by being able to lift the puck, score goals, complete firm tape-to-tape passes, etc.