"Looking to get back into" was referring to my age. I'm 24 and haven't played competitively for quite a bit.
For my "natural skill," I had always gotten by on natural ability and never worked at hockey through the ranks. I was never really serious, and as my friends had gone on to junior teams and I had a few offers, I declined because of school and work.
Putting in some work, I think I can at least get to a place where I can reach a level that will be challenging, and that's my hope.
Thanks for the info, and I'll keep looking into what I can do.
I played Sr. A for 5 years between 19-24 before calling it quits but that was 15 years ago. Most teams in the league in those days were comprised of a mix of Jr.A and Jr. B alumni.
Senior AAA still has a presence but it is really just a small group of teams playing enough games to qualify and send a representative to the Allan Cup. These teams are made up mostly of ex-minor pro guys and they are getting paid to play. At 24 with no Jr. hockey experience and being a few years removed from competition I would suggest there is nothing for you here.
Kind of sad but what can you do? It takes lots of $$$ to run these teams and it is hard to put butts in the seats these days. People are too busy rotting in front of their computers to get up and go watch high level amateur hockey.
Good luck finding somewhere to play. Go to your local rink and start asking some questions. Call up some of the better players you used to play with and find out what they are doing now.