How does Junior hockey at the B / C level compare to higher level youth hockey or competitive club level collegiate hockey?
Junior hockey at the level that will be played here at Maksymum is a considerably higher level of competition than youth AAA Midget hockey or competitive collegiate club hockey. Rosters of competing programs are filled with players with prior Junior experience, older age players who have competed at collegiate levels, and players will advanced size and skill. Junior hockey is played in a traditional Collegiate or NHL style of competition, with three – 20 minute periods, with full warm-up sessions and breaks between periods, and is very physical and challenging. Unlike youth hockey and collegiate club hockey programs, junior hockey experience is almost a pre-requisite for being considered for a position for a Division I or Division III Collegiate hockey program, or for a professional opportunity. To that end, the Junior hockey program here will involve three to four on-ice practice sessions a week (1 hour to 1 ½ hours per session), with a full off-ice training program, including endurance training and weight-lifting. The season consists of a challenging and highly competitive series of league, non-league, tournament, and showcase games, forming a season schedule of 40 – 45 games.