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Learn to Play Hockey gives kids an opportunity to skate through life

Yes, hockey is fun
Yes, hockey builds physical skills and coordination
Yes, hockey is a great family activity you and your child can enjoy together

But there's a lot more to hockey.

Hockey builds confidence and character
Hockey teaches teamwork and sportsmanship
Hockey is membership in a community that lasts for life.

Register your child today!

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What is Learn to Play?

Learning to play hockey is more than just learning a game. More than skating, passing and stick-handling, hockey is about responsibility, respect and teamwork. As children learn the skills needed to succeed on the ice, they also build and solidify important character traits needed to succeed off the ice. With that in mind, the Learn to Play initiative was developed jointly by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association to offer more families a chance to experience everything that makes youth hockey so rewarding.

Developed with the help of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, the Learn to Play initiative aims to be the gold standard for youth hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more families to join the hockey community. Learn to Play changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first time participants, head-to-toe equipment, weekly sessions of age appropriate on-ice instruction and certified coaching, led by National Hockey League Alumni, in a fun and safe atmosphere. Learn to Play on-ice instruction plans have been developed in collaboration with experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada and taught by certified instructors and led by National Hockey League Alumni.

Program Fees

The program provides head-to-toe equipment for your child to keep as they continue exploring youth hockey. However, there is a participation fee associated with the program which offsets ice and coaching expenses. The participation fee may vary by facility and market.

Additional Program Information
  • This program is designed for first-time players only.
  • If your child does not know how to skate, we highly recommend you sign up for a "Learn to Skate" class at a local rink. Most of the participating rinks have these programs.
  • Participants must register online. Phone and/or in-person registration at individual rinks will NOT be accepted.
  • If your preferred locations are sold out before you register, please complete the waiting list form. If an opening becomes available, you may be contacted.

Questions? Email: : Amateur.Hockey@TeamKSE.com

ALL DETAILS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Hockey participation offers families value beyond making an individual a better player or even a better athlete. The game of hockey is a powerful platform for participants to build character, foster positive values and develop important life skills. These benefits are available to all players, desirable to every family and transcend the game.

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Equipment

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Head-to-toe equipment for registered participants. Each participant will receive the following new equipment to call their own, customized by your local NHL team:

  • Ice Hockey Helmet with a cage
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Hockey gloves
  • Hockey pants
  • Shin guards
  • Skates
  • Jersey
  • Socks
  • Stick
  • Equipment bag

In addition to the equipment provided, we recommend that you purchase a mouth guard and athletic supporter.

Upon completion of the Learn to Play program, participants will be able to keep the equipment.

Register your child for Learn to Play today!

  1. Choose a Learn to Play event that's convenient for you.
  2. Click on 'Play' to register your child.
  3. Space is limited!
  4. When you register, you will receive an email confirming your spot in the Learn to Play program as well as important information about your event and a link to your own personal Learn to Play web page.
  5. If you have questions before registering, please see our What is Learn to Play program page for more information.
CO SELECT/FOOTHILLS HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
6623 S Ward St
Littleton, CO 80127
Beginning on Sat., August 10, 2019 1:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., August 10, 2009 and Sun., August 10, 2014
VAIL RECREATION DISTRICT
321 E Lionshead Cir
Vail, CO 81657
Beginning on Thu., August 22, 2019 4:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sat., August 22, 2009 and Fri., August 22, 2014
NORTHERN COLORADO YOUTH HOCKEY
7900 N Fairgrounds Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80528
Beginning on Sat., August 24, 2019 1:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., August 24, 2009 and Sun., August 24, 2014
DU JR PIONEERS
2240 Buchtel Blvd
Denver, CO 80210
Beginning on Sat., September 7, 2019 8:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., September 7, 2009 and Sun., September 7, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS NORTH/MONUMENT - FALL
16240 Old Denver Rd
Monument, CO 80132
Beginning on Sat., September 7, 2019 9:45am
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., September 7, 2009 and Sun., September 7, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS AMATEUR HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
3185 Venetucci Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
Beginning on Sat., September 7, 2019 1:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., September 7, 2009 and Sun., September 7, 2014
LITTLETON HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
6580 S Vine St
Centennial, CO 80121
Beginning on Sat., September 7, 2019 3:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., September 7, 2009 and Sun., September 7, 2014
ARVADA HOCKEY ASSOCIATION - FALL
13150 W 72nd Ave
Arvada, CO 80005
Beginning on Sun., September 8, 2019 9:15am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., September 8, 2009 and Mon., September 8, 2014
GREELEY YOUTH HOCKEY
900 8th Ave
Greeley, CO 80631
Beginning on Fri., September 13, 2019 5:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., September 13, 2009 and Sat., September 13, 2014
GRAND JUNCTION YOUTH HOCKEY CLUB
2515 Riverside Pkwy
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Beginning on Sat., September 21, 2019 10:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., September 21, 2009 and Sun., September 21, 2014
CASPER ICE ARENA
1801 E 4th St
Casper, WY 82609
Beginning on Sat., September 21, 2019 10:30am
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., September 21, 2009 and Sun., September 21, 2014
MOUNTAIN RECREATION (WECMRD)
1700 Bull Pasture Rd
Eagle, CO 81631
Beginning on Fri., September 27, 2019 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., September 27, 2009 and Sat., September 27, 2014
WEST ELK HOCKEY ASSOCIATION
501 E Tomichi Ave
Gunnison, CO 81230
Beginning on Mon., October 7, 2019 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., October 7, 2009 and Tue., October 7, 2014
DURANGO AREA YOUTH HOCKEY
500 Florida Rd
Durango, CO 81301
Beginning on Sat., October 19, 2019 1:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., October 19, 2009 and Sun., October 19, 2014