Welcome to KC Knights

Southside Hockey Association

Hockey is back! 

Conditioning camps are finishing and the 2020-21 hockey season starts week of September 1st!
KC South (now comprised of KC West, KC SouthWest and the KC Knights Southside) are happy to welcome back our families for a groundbreaking first season of collaboration. This season is going to have a different feel, but the players are back on the ice, the fans are in the stands and the coaches are ready to improve the skills of all our superstars!
With September approaching, families may have some questions surrounding what minor hockey will look like this fall.  KC South has been doing a lot of planning in the background with a number of possible scenarios that we may need to face.

Since March, our kids have spent a lot of time on iPads. Well, get their skates sharpened because there is a lot of icetime coming up in September and October! We’re planning 6 stages in our return to play plan for our players:
  1. Conditioning drills (September 1-8)
  2. Time Trials (September 9-12)
  3. Judged Drills (September 12/13)
  4. Group Evaluation (September 16-27)
  5. Team Practices (October 5-October 31)
  6. Inter-Squad Games (early October-October 31)
Until a return to regular season is available, minor hockey associations will operate in the Development Phase.  The key elements of this phase are as follows: 
  • We will form teams that compete in competitive play, as long as they limit their practice and play to a cohort of no more than 50 people (including players and coaches).  
  • “Teams” are to remain small to facilitate social distancing where possible (bench, change rooms, etc).  Teams will likely consist of 10 to 12 players/skaters +1 goalie.  This would allow for three or four teams to be able to play within a cohort. 
    • PLEASE NOTE: These “teams” will NOT be final teams for the season.  They are temporary groupings of like skilled players to allow for competitive inter-squad games within a cohort.)
  • These teams will be planned to be grouped in 3-4 levels and KC South will be collaborating with other KC Associations for inter-squad game play (most likely in a 4vs4 or 3vs3 setup).
  • On-ice officials will not be available during the development phase, but games can be played with coaches on the ice.
  • The format of play may shift to a more flow style where there is no stoppage of play for off-sides and icings.  Penalties would result in penalty shots in order to eliminate the interaction of players and off-ice officials.  Coaches could be tasked with officiating the games. 
  • With the smaller number of players rostered, game play may be adjusted from 5vs5, 4vs4, or 3vs3 depending on the number of available players. 
  • These changes should result in a significant increase in ice-time and skill development for all players. 
For reference, we will be following the Hockey Edmonton and Hockey Alberta Return to Play Guidelines:
These guidelines are subject to change at any time as Alberta Health Services and Hockey Alberta respond to COVID-19 conditions throughout the province. New directives are expected very shortly, however, our planning, and the focus of this communication is around the currently available guidance for the Development phase.


Next Stages: Modified Competition Season (no earlier than November 1)


Hockey Edmonton is working on two different possibilities in the modified competitive season stage:
  • Bubble/Pods groupings
    • Cohorting bubbles (North Edmonton, South Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, etc) and having competitive games with referees.
  • Showcase weekends
    • Local tournaments being held over weekends, where teams will play 3-5 games with a large group of teams and then return for 2 weeks of practices. Multiple tournaments give the opportunity to move up and down tiers between tournaments. Practices will be held during the weekdays, games every third weekend from November to March.

We thank you for your understanding that things will be done differently this year. Our coaches will find creative ways to keep the players engaged but we have to stay positive that they are back playing the sport they love, in a safe and fun environment.

A GoFundMe Initiative

John Putters, our President, has set up a go GoFundMe page to help subsidize those parents who otherwise would not be able to pay for hockey this year due to financial constraints due to COVID-19.  Please find the gofundme link below.  Any donation would be appreciated to help those continue in sport who otherwise would not be able to in today's economy.

Gofundme link: https://gf.me/u/yqhfzc 

To be added to a list or if you have any questions regarding this initiative, please reach out to our registrar:
Lara Spendelow registrar@knightshockey.ca 

An example of what a little generosity can do.

The first sport I ever played was baseball and my mom could only afford the registration.  Single parent, 4 boys, money was tight.  Unfortunately, she could not afford anything else at the time.  Luckily I had a coach who let me use his glove every game.  It was quite comical to watch me play in that first year... sometimes the oversized glove would stay on, other times it would fall off.  Needless to say, I fell in love with the game and that same coach noticed it as well.  He helped my mom purchase a glove that fit the following year. I played the game into my early 20s and still enjoy playing catch.  If it was not for the generosity of that coach I never would have had to opportunity to enjoy sport as much as I did.  I went on to play every other sport through high school (Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, etc.) as well as ref and coach.  I made some great friends through sport and had a chance to be coached by some amazing people.  I am forever grateful to my first coach for his generosity and compassion. 

If you have the resources, please make a small donation to help out a family who otherwise may have to sit out this year.  I've made my donation.

Gofundme link: https://gf.me/u/yqhfzc 

Tom Young
Communications Director and Coach 


Why Choose us?

It's a question many parents face... which minor hockey organization to enroll their children in?

So why choose us?

At the KC Knights, the number one goal is fun. This applies not only to the young players, but also their coaches and parents.

Being a smaller organization, we can be more personable than other larger, minor hockey organizations. Also being a smaller organization our teams are smaller by nature which in turn provides the the kids more ice time.  Many members have created lifelong friendships, lasting long past when their children's minor hockey careers are over.

We offer one of the lowest introductory registration rates going. This allows your youngster to learn to skate if required and try the game of hockey, without a major financial cost to the parents.

In the summer, the KC Knights hold conditioning camps for players at a very low cost. This allows the young stars to work out the kinks of summer vacation and be prepared for the upcoming season. We also purchase extra ice time for the teams, whenever possible.

The Knights are part of a larger organization in our city, the Knights of Columbus. That gives us access to our own arena. It's 60 years of tradition... and stability!

When it comes time to enroll your child in hockey, we hope you'll consider choosing the Knights. Feel free to contact our President if you have any questions. John can be reached at president@knightshockey.ca

Atom team wins

We cannot succeed without volunteers

Every year a new crop of players comes up through the system and existing players flourish as they get older.  It's exciting for parents to see the growth in their child through the years but it cannot be done without volunteers.  I started coaching about 7 years ago after taking a 22 year break from skating... it's not like riding a bike let me tell you.  I was little wobbly at first but with each passing year improved along with the kids.  I still fall from time to time, and the kids get a good laugh from it.  If you've not been on skates in a few years don't let that hold you back from helping out. It's great exercise as well.

As teams are formed there will be requests for extra coaches, jersey parents, time keepers, tournament parent, etc.  Please do not sit on your hands when the call comes. Volunteering for these positions makes the year run so much smoother for all involved, including the players.  At the end of the year there is a volunteer appreciation dinner for all who helped out as a thank you for your time and effort.

Coaches are always needed at the younger levels and if the main excuse is you do not have time, you'll be surprised how much time you do have.  You may also think you are not as agile as you used to be... that does not matter, you're more agile then those players learning to skate.  You say you've never played hockey competitively but can skate or maybe you were a figure skater... perfect, they need you on the ice.

When asked to help out, please step up and be there for your kids and your team.  There is a large support system in our organization if you're just nervous about taking on a task.  Just reach out to your board, we'll be more than happy to help or answer any questions you may have.


Our President's Message

KC Southside Knights Annual General Meeting

Have a question?

Please enter your name.
Please enter a subject.
Please enter a message.

Contact Us

Chad Oke   |  president@knightshockey.ca

Lara Spendelowregistrar@knightshockey.ca

Knights Southside Hockey Association
Box 32077
#420  2331-66 Street
Edmonton, AB
T6K 4C2