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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: : ljordan@chicagoblackhawks.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.
THUNDER ICE ARENA AT TRINE UNIVERSITY
619 W Maumee St
Angola , IN 46703
Beginning on Tue., March 10, 2020 6:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., March 10, 2010 and Tue., March 10, 2015
NELSON CENTER - SPRINGFIELD
1601 N 5th st
Springfield , IL 62702
Beginning on Sat., March 14, 2020 11:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., March 14, 2010 and Sat., March 14, 2015
CAROL STREAM ICE RINK
540 Gundersen Dr
Carol Stream , IL 60188
Beginning on Sat., March 14, 2020 11:15am
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., March 14, 2010 and Sat., March 14, 2015
waitlist
ALL SEASONS ICE RINK
31W330 N Aurora Rd
Naperville, IL 60563
Beginning on Sat., March 14, 2020 11:40am
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., March 14, 2010 and Sat., March 14, 2015
CARLSON ICE ARENA
4150 N Perryville Rd
Loves Park, IL 61111
Beginning on Sat., March 14, 2020 12:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., March 14, 2010 and Sat., March 14, 2015
HOMEWOOD FLOSSMOOR ICE ARENA
777 Kedzie Ave
Flossmoor, IL 60422
Beginning on Sat., March 14, 2020 1:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., March 14, 2010 and Sat., March 14, 2015
BLOOMINGTON ICE CENTER
201 S Roosevelt Ave
Bloomington, IL 61761
Beginning on Sat., March 14, 2020 3:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., March 14, 2010 and Sat., March 14, 2015
ICE VALLEY (KANKAKEE)
1601 River Rd
Kankakee, IL 60901
Beginning on Sun., March 15, 2020 11:45am
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., March 15, 2010 and Sun., March 15, 2015
COMPTON FAMILY ICE ARENA AT NOTRE DAME (AGES 5-6)
100 Compton Family Ice Arena
Notre Dame , IN 46556
Beginning on Tue., March 17, 2020 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., March 17, 2010 and Tue., March 17, 2015
waitlist
FRANKLIN PARK ICE ARENA
9711 Waveland Ave
Franklin Park, IL 60131
Beginning on Tue., March 17, 2020 6:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., March 17, 2010 and Tue., March 17, 2015
waitlist
COMPTON FAMILY ICE ARENA AT NOTRE DAME (AGES 7-9)
100 Compton Family Ice Arena
Notre Dame , IN 46556
Beginning on Tue., March 17, 2020 6:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., March 17, 2010 and Tue., March 17, 2015
waitlist
MADISON ICE ARENA (AGES 5-6)
725 Forward Drive
Madison, WI 53719
Beginning on Thu., March 19, 2020 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., March 19, 2010 and Thu., March 19, 2015
MADISON ICE ARENA (AGES 7-9)
725 Forward Drive
Madison, WI 53719
Beginning on Thu., March 19, 2020 6:40pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., March 19, 2010 and Thu., March 19, 2015
OAKTON ICE ARENA
2800 W Oakton St
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Beginning on Sat., March 21, 2020 3:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., March 21, 2010 and Sat., March 21, 2015
waitlist
FIFTH THIRD ARENA (GIRLS ONLY)
1801 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
Beginning on Tue., March 24, 2020 4:10pm
Girls Only
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., March 24, 2010 and Tue., March 24, 2015
FIFTH THIRD ARENA (SPRING SESSION)
1801 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
Beginning on Thu., March 26, 2020 4:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., March 26, 2010 and Thu., March 26, 2015
CHICAGO STALLIONS AT SADDLE & CYCLE CLUB
900 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Beginning on Fri., March 27, 2020 4:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sat., March 27, 2010 and Fri., March 27, 2015
MOUNT PROSPECT ICE ARENA
1501 Feehanville Dr
Mt Prospect, IL 60056
Beginning on Mon., March 30, 2020 5:05pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 30, 2010 and Mon., March 30, 2015
TRIPHAHN CENTER- HOFFMAN ESTATES
1685 W Higgins Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Beginning on Sat., April 4, 2020 9:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., April 4, 2010 and Sat., April 4, 2015
CRYSTAL ICE HOUSE
320 Prairie St
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Beginning on Sat., April 4, 2020 11:20am
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., April 4, 2010 and Sat., April 4, 2015
ROCKET ICE SKATING RINK
180 Canterbury Ln
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Beginning on Sat., April 4, 2020 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., April 4, 2010 and Sat., April 4, 2015
RIDGELAND COMMON ICE ARENA 1
415 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Beginning on Sat., April 4, 2020 2:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., April 4, 2010 and Sat., April 4, 2015
RIDGELAND COMMON ICE ARENA 2
415 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Beginning on Sat., April 4, 2020 2:55pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., April 4, 2010 and Sat., April 4, 2015
ARCTIC ICE ARENA
W. 10700 160th St
Orland Park, IL 60467
Beginning on Sun., April 5, 2020 3:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., April 5, 2010 and Sun., April 5, 2015
waitlist
SPORTONE PARKVIEW ICE HOUSE
3869 Ice Way
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Beginning on Mon., April 6, 2020 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., April 6, 2010 and Mon., April 6, 2015
waitlist
CANLAN ICE SPORT ROMEOVILLE
1581 W Normantown Rd
Romeoville , IL 60466
Beginning on Tue., April 7, 2020 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., April 7, 2010 and Tue., April 7, 2015
FIFTH THIRD ARENA (SUMMER SESSION)
1801 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
Beginning on Thu., June 4, 2020 4:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., June 4, 2010 and Thu., June 4, 2015

Welcome, and thanks for your interest in learning to play hockey!

We're busy getting ready for the new Learn to Play hockey season and will be posting the latest events soon.

If you have a special registration code from your school or local hockey organization, please enter it.