About Us


The Niagara Junior Ice Dogs is a Hockey Program which supports those with Special Needs to learn and enjoy the game of hockey in its proper form.

Started in 1999, the Program was established by Joe Fegan and Rick Jones, with the support of St. Catharines CYO Hockey, to ensure all those within the Niagara Region with Special Needs, be it physical or developmental, have an opportunity to participate, play and enjoy our Country's favorite past time.

Players and participants of all ages are welcome - a desire to learn and play the game of hockey and enjoy the experience is all that is required.

The Junior Ice Dogs have a weekly on ice Program which entails instructional time in teaching the various elements of the game - skating, puck control, team work, team play and game environment. The Program has players of a wide variety of not only age but also skill and therefore caters to all. Junior and Senior sections are established on the ice (based on skills - not age.)The Junior Ice Dogs are proud to boast a remarkable volunteer base of coaching and supporting staff providing high coach to player ratio.

The Junior Ice Dogs have close ties and association within Special Hockey International, a group of Programs across North America which carry the same type structure and Hockey Program for those with Special Needs. Occasional exhibition games and trips to neighboring SHI teams (within the GTA and Rochester to date) are done to allow our team to play formal games, in a friendly and supportive environment for all. The Junior Ice Dogs have also participated in many of the Special Hockey International friendship tournaments.

From 2000- 2015 our Program was known as the St. Catharines CYO Heat. Starting in the 2015-2016 Hockey Season, our Program is now sponsored by the Niagara Ice Dogs - the OHL Jr. A Team within the Niagara Region. With this affiliation, the CYO Heat became the Niagara Junior Ice Dogs. We are proud to be affiliated and sponsored by the Niagara Ice Dogs and are thankful for the support and generosity the Niagara Ice Dogs have provided to our Program and our Players.

A Fun and a positive experience for all are the ultimate goal of the Program. All of our players and participants are champions from the moment they hit the ice.



Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2015 20:06