There are a number of changes that will be implemented city wide for players born in 2009 and 2010.  The 7/8 House League and 8A programs will be evaluated together at the beginning of the season and will play on 3/4 ice surface for the first half of the season.  The traditional Novice 8A1 program is now called 8A but will continue to play other 8A teams accross the city.  Please see excerpt from the President's Message related to this below:

"Novice Hockey - All 7 and 8 years olds will be evaluated at the beginning of the season before the house league and novice teams are formed.  The first half of the year will see the Novice League play games 5 on 5 with goalies on approximately ¾-ice surface.  The remaining ice area will be used for 2 on 2 or 3 on 3 small area games.  This format is city wide with the hope that players will have a better chance to develop their skill level.  In the second half of the season, league play will return to its customary full ice format."  --President's Message FGNHA August 2017