U8 Travel Mite Hockey

Our U8 Travel Mite teams compete in the Valley Hockey League, which features teams ranging from AAA to A-level to ensure our players and teams have the best competitive experience.

Our U8 Travel Mite Half Ice program offers approximately two (50-minute) practices per week at one of our three local rinks: Ashburnham, Gardner, or Winchendon. 

Mites will have a total of 60 practices and 25 games plus playoffs.

All players must be registered with USA Hockey before the 1st practice of the season. No exceptions.

Also included with our U8 NCMYH Sting also offers free four-week summer skills sessions every year.

Evaluations 2024-2025 Season

Evaluations: Cost $50 per player

Location: Gardner Veterans Arena


Friday, March 22nd and 29th from 5 and 5:50 pm

Please mark these dates on your calendar, and ensure your child is prepared to participate fully and arrive to be on the ice at 6 pm.


U8 Travel Mite program is recommended for players ages 6-8.

Younger players can be considered for participation by reaching out to the program coordinator.


Our Travel Mite season typically runs from September through March


For the 2024-2025 season, player tuition includes participation in all Valley Hockey League (VHL) games, totaling 25 games, as well as playoffs if the team qualifies. These games are played throughout the region, with most venues within a maximum of 1 hour from the team's base.

Including league games and playoffs in the tuition ensures that players can compete regularly against various opponents, gaining valuable game experience and exposure to different playing styles. Additionally, the commitment to regional games allows players to develop camaraderie with their teammates and foster a sense of community within the league.

Tuition covers various expenses associated with participation in league games, including ice time rental, referee fees, equipment maintenance, and travel costs. By bundling these expenses into the tuition fee, families can more easily plan and budget for their child's involvement in the program.

Overall, the comprehensive nature of the player tuition ensures that participants have access to a robust schedule of competitive games while minimizing additional financial burdens for families throughout the season.


VHL (Valley Hockey League) Travel teams practice twice weekly at the Gardner Veterans Arena, Cushing Academy, or The Winchendon School.

Meanwhile, the North Central Mass Youth Hockey (NCMYH) typically has sixty practices per season.

With 60 practices per season, NCMYH has a more intensive practice schedule than other local programs. This increased frequency of practices can provide players with more opportunities for skill development, tactical training, and team bonding throughout the season.

Additionally, practicing at three different facilities may offer players exposure to varying ice conditions and rink environments, which can contribute to their overall development as hockey players.


For our U8 Travel Mite players, there are specific requirements regarding jerseys and socks:

Jerseys: All U8 Travel Mite players are required to have a Black (Home) jersey. NCMYH provides Yellow Pinneys for Away team designations.

Socks: Black socks will be provided before the start of the season. The cost of socks is covered by Player tuition.

If you are new to our program or need a replacement jersey, you can purchase a black jersey after evaluations during our player offer process.


Registration is open for the 2024-25 U8 Travel Mite Hockey program! This exciting program is designed for players in the Mite age group, ages 6 to 8.

U8 Travel Mite Tuition for the 2024-2025 season is $1100.

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