All minor-aged players under the jurisdiction of Hockey Manitoba wishing to transfer from a centre (team) or wishing to play for another minor team must first apply to their local Minor Hockey Association following the completion of registration for the current season. Local Minor Hockey Associations are required to receive and consider individual requests for transfer. Applications for Player Transfer must be reviewed within 7 days and the applicant to be notified of the decision forthwith. Hockey Manitoba will not recognize blanket denials issued by local Minor Hockey Associations within their constitutions. If the application is approved by the local Minor Hockey Association, the application is forwarded to the respective Region(s) for decision. Regional decisions (approval or denial) must be rendered within 7 days of application. In the event that a decision is not made within the 7-day timeframe, the application shall be deemed approved. The Regional Registrar may consult with the Chair of Minor/Female during the application process. If application is denied by the local Minor Hockey Association/Region, the player has the right of appeal to Hockey Manitoba. The final date for submission to Hockey Manitoba is December 1st of the current season. Minor Hockey Associations/Regions may consider individual transfer requests prior to registration at their discretion.
Although all player transfers are reviewed and dealt with on an individual basis, applicants must demonstrate a hardship in order for the Appeals Committee to approve or appease the regulations for a successful transfer application. In the event that a player has an existing category/team to play on, transfers based solely on moving to a higher category, will not be approved, unless additional circumstances are presented as part of the rationale for relocation.
If a player wishes to transfer to another Association within the same Region,
Application Form Completion Sequence
If a player wishes to transfer to another Association outside of their own Region,
If the transfer request is within one region and is denied by an Association, the player must first appeal to their Regional Registration Committee. If denied, the player has the right of appeal to Hockey Manitoba. If the transfer request involves two regions and denied at any point of the process, the player has the right of appeal to Hockey Manitoba. A decision will be made within 7 days at each approving level. It is understood that said authorization shall be on a yearly basis only.
Players requesting transfers WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO PARTICIPATE in games, exhibition or otherwise but will be permitted to practice until such time as their TRANSFER HAS BEEN APPROVED BY HOCKEY MANITOBA. Failure to comply with this regulation will result in the player, coach, manager, team executive, using said player being expelled from the association for the current season.
If both regions agree that the transfer should take place prior to Hockey Manitoba approval, said player will be allowed to practice with that team. If regions do not agree and appeal to Hockey Manitoba, said player shall not practice with team wishing to transfer to.
Each region shall establish a Regional Registration Committee consisting of the Minor/Female Council Representative, Regional Registrar and four Executive Board members from the Regional Association. The Regional Registration Committee shall review all transfer requests. Should a region fail to establish a Registration Committee, transfer requests will then be forwarded directly to the Hockey Manitoba Registration Committee for review. Final decisions will be rendered within 21 days.
Any properly registered player who has transferred to and/or played three (3) consecutive seasons with the same Minor Hockey Association shall be considered as members of that Minor Hockey Association. If a new team is formed nearer the player's place of residence, they will have the option to play with the newly formed team or remain with their previously registered Association. Players choosing to register with the newly formed team shall be considered as members of that Minor Hockey Association. No formal transfer application is required to register with the newly formed team. All transfer regulations are applicable to players wishing to return to their previously registered Association after registering with the newly formed team closest to their residence. This does not apply for AAA Midget or Regional programs.