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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, free 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 FREE 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 ljordan@chicagoblackhawks.com

ALL DETAILS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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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.
GLACIER ICE ARENA
670 Lakeview Pkwy
Vernon Hills, IL 60061
Sun., March 4, 2018 9:10am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/05/2008 and 03/04/2013
FRANKLIN PARK
9711 Waveland Ave
Franklin Park, IL 60131
Tue., March 6, 2018 6:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/07/2008 and 03/06/2013
ROBERT CROWN COMMUNITY CENTER AND ICE COMPLEX
1701 Main St
Evanston, IL 60202
Thu., March 8, 2018 5:40pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/09/2008 and 03/08/2013
NELSON RECREATION CENTER, SPRINGFIELD (SATURDAYS)
1601 N 5th St
Springfield, IL 62702
Sat., March 10, 2018 10:30am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/11/2008 and 03/10/2013
ALL SEASONS ICE RINKS
31W330 N Aurora Rd
Naperville, IL 60563
Sat., March 10, 2018 11:10am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/11/2008 and 03/10/2013
THUNDER ICE ARENA
619 W Maumee St
Angola , IN 46703
Mon., March 12, 2018 5:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/13/2008 and 03/12/2013
NELSON RECREATION CENTER, SPRINGFIELD (WEDNESDAYS)
1601 N 5th St
Springfield, IL 62702
Wed., March 14, 2018 5:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/15/2008 and 03/14/2013
HOMEWOOD FLOSSMOOR ICE ARENA
777 Kedzie Ave
Flossmoor, IL 60422
Sat., March 17, 2018 12:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/18/2008 and 03/17/2013
ICE VALLEY ICE ARENA
1601 River Rd
Kankakee, IL 60901
Sun., March 18, 2018 11:45am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/19/2008 and 03/18/2013
MB ICE ARENA 1- CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS COMMUNITY ICE RINK
1801 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
Wed., March 21, 2018 4:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/22/2008 and 03/21/2013
SADDLE & CYCLE
900 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Fri., March 23, 2018 4:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/24/2008 and 03/23/2013
WEST MADISON POLAR CAPS
725 Forward Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Sat., March 24, 2018 10:00am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/25/2008 and 03/24/2013
PEPSI ICE CENTER
201 S Roosevelt Ave
Bloomington, IL 61761
Sat., March 24, 2018 3:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/25/2008 and 03/24/2013
CARLSON ICE ARENA
4150 N Perryville Rd
Loves Park, IL 61111
Sat., March 31, 2018 12:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between 04/01/2008 and 03/31/2013
MOUNT PROSPECT ICE ARENA
1501 Feehanville Dr
Mt Prospect, IL 60056
Thu., April 5, 2018 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between 04/06/2008 and 04/05/2013
ROCKET ICE ARENA
180 Canterbury Ln
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Sat., April 7, 2018 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 04/08/2008 and 04/07/2013
TRIPHAHN CENTER, HOFFMAN ESTATES PARK DISTRICT
1685 W Higgins Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Sat., April 7, 2018 1:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 04/08/2008 and 04/07/2013
RIDGELAND COMMON ICE ARENA 2
415 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Sat., April 7, 2018 2:55pm
Participants birthdate must be between 04/08/2008 and 04/07/2013
MB ICE ARENA 2- CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS COMMUNITY ICE RINK
1801 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
Wed., May 30, 2018 4:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between 05/31/2008 and 05/30/2013
GLENVIEW ICE ARENA (AGES 5-6)
1851 Landwehr Rd
Glenview, IL 60026
Sun., March 4, 2018 9:30am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/05/2008 and 03/04/2013
waitlist
GLEN ELLYN ADMIRALS AT CAROL STREAM ICE RINK
540 Gundersen Dr
Carol Stream , IL 60188
Sat., March 17, 2018 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/18/2008 and 03/17/2013
waitlist
CRYSTAL ICE HOUSE
320 Prairie St
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Sat., March 17, 2018 12:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/18/2008 and 03/17/2013
waitlist
OAKTON ICE ARENA
2800 W Oakton St
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Sat., March 24, 2018 3:25pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/25/2008 and 03/24/2013
waitlist
THE EDGE ICE ARENA (FOR BENSENVILLE RESIDENTS ONLY)
735 E Jefferson St
Bensenville, IL 60106
Sun., April 1, 2018 9:10am
Participants birthdate must be between 04/02/2008 and 04/01/2013
waitlist
RIDGELAND COMMON ICE ARENA 1
415 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Sat., April 7, 2018 2:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between 04/08/2008 and 04/07/2013
waitlist
ARCTIC ICE ARENA
W. 10700 160th St
Orland Park, IL 60467
Sun., April 8, 2018 3:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between 04/09/2008 and 04/08/2013
waitlist