North Central Minor Hockey Association is proud to be one of the four founding members of the Northern Alberta Interlock, a model developed to improve the minor hockey experience for players and participants; achieved by reducing the amount of travel while increasing competitivess and developing standardization across all leagues. While each team has a home league, teams are able to play neighbours in surrounding leagues within their geographic area.
Teams will play either in a fully integrated "Full Interlock" model, where teams from any league play in one combined tier and playoffs; or in "Interlock Play", where teams play a selection of interlock games with neighbours during the playing season, returning to their home league for playoffs. Any interlock game counts towards the league standings of any participating teams.
For the 2016-2017 season, "Full Interlock" will be limited to the Peewee Tier 1, Bantam Tier 1, and Midget Tier 1 levels, while the remainer of NCMHA teams will play in "Interlock Play."
In the late fall of NCMHA began exploring interlock options with surrounding leagues, and proposed interlock options in early 2016. At the same time, following trial runs between NCMHA, 1660, and Sturgeon Pembina in 2013-14, and 2014-15 seasons, a desire to build a more comprehensive model was envisioned by several leagues. Interest in the interlock model led to the interlock project between NCMHA, 1660, North-East Alberta, and Sturgeon-Pembina leagues over the next several months. In August 2016 the model for the 2016-17 season was completed, and each of the four leagues will participate in varying degrees for the 2016-17 season. NCMHA thanks everyone who contributed to the development of the Northern Alberta Interlock model.