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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.
OWENS CENTER- PEORIA
1019 W Lake Ave
Peoria , IL 61614
Beginning on Sat., March 2, 2019 11:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 3, 2009 and Sun., March 2, 2014
GLENVIEW (AGES 7-9)
1851 Landwehr Rd
Glenview, IL 60026
Beginning on Sun., March 3, 2019 8:45am
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., March 4, 2009 and Mon., March 3, 2014
waitlist
GLENVIEW (AGES 5-6)
1851 Landwehr Rd
Glenview, IL 60026
Beginning on Sun., March 3, 2019 9:30am
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., March 4, 2009 and Mon., March 3, 2014
waitlist
FRANKLIN PARK ICE ARENA
9711 Waveland Ave
Franklin Park, IL 60131
Beginning on Tue., March 5, 2019 6:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., March 6, 2009 and Wed., March 5, 2014
waitlist
ROBERT CROWN COMMUNITY CENTER AND ICE COMPLEX
1701 Main St
Evanston, IL 60202
Beginning on Thu., March 7, 2019 5:50pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., March 8, 2009 and Fri., March 7, 2014
ICE SPORTS - FORT WAYNE
3869 Ice Way
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Beginning on Sat., March 9, 2019 11:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 10, 2009 and Sun., March 9, 2014
waitlist
NELSON CENTER - SPRINGFIELD (SATURDAY)
1601 N 5th st
Springfield , IL 62702
Beginning on Sat., March 9, 2019 11:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 10, 2009 and Sun., March 9, 2014
HOMEWOOD FLOSSMOOR ICE ARENA
777 Kedzie Ave
Flossmoor, IL 60422
Beginning on Sat., March 9, 2019 12:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 10, 2009 and Sun., March 9, 2014
WEST MADISON ICE ARENA (AGES 5-6)
725 Forward Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Beginning on Wed., March 13, 2019 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sat., March 14, 2009 and Thu., March 13, 2014
NELSON CENTER- SPRINGFIELD (WEDNESDAY)
1601 N 5th st
Springfield , IL 62702
Beginning on Wed., March 13, 2019 5:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sat., March 14, 2009 and Thu., March 13, 2014
waitlist
WEST MADISON ICE ARENA (AGES 7-9)
725 Forward Drive
Madison, WI 53711
Beginning on Wed., March 13, 2019 6:40pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sat., March 14, 2009 and Thu., March 13, 2014
GLEN ELLYN ADMIRALS AT CAROL STREAM
540 Gundersen Dr
Carol Stream , IL 60188
Beginning on Sat., March 16, 2019 11:15am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 17, 2009 and Sun., March 16, 2014
ALL SEASONS ICE RINK
31W330 N Aurora Rd
Naperville, IL 60563
Beginning on Sat., March 16, 2019 11:50am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 17, 2009 and Sun., March 16, 2014
PEPSI ICE CENTER
201 S Roosevelt Ave
Bloomington, IL 61761
Beginning on Sat., March 16, 2019 3:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 17, 2009 and Sun., March 16, 2014
MB ICE ARENA (GIRLS)
1801 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
Beginning on Tue., March 19, 2019 4:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., March 20, 2009 and Wed., March 19, 2014
COMPTON FAMILY ICE ARENA AT NOTRE DAME (AGES 5-6)
100 Compton Family Ice Arena
Notre Dame , IN 46556
Beginning on Tue., March 19, 2019 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., March 20, 2009 and Wed., March 19, 2014
waitlist
COMPTON FAMILY ICE ARENA AT NOTRE DAME (AGES 7-9)
100 Compton Family Ice Arena
Notre Dame , IN 46556
Beginning on Tue., March 19, 2019 6:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., March 20, 2009 and Wed., March 19, 2014
waitlist
MB ICE ARENA (SPRING SESSION)
1801 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
Beginning on Thu., March 21, 2019 4:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., March 22, 2009 and Fri., March 21, 2014
SADDLE & CYCLE CLUB
900 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Beginning on Fri., March 22, 2019 4:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., March 23, 2009 and Sat., March 22, 2014
OAKTON ICE ARENA
2800 W Oakton St
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Beginning on Sat., March 23, 2019 3:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., March 24, 2009 and Sun., March 23, 2014
waitlist
ICE VALLEY (KANKAKEE)
1601 River Rd
Kankakee, IL 60901
Beginning on Sun., March 24, 2019 11:45am
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., March 25, 2009 and Mon., March 24, 2014
HUSKIES AT CANLAN ICE SPORTS
1581 W Normantown Rd
Romeoville , IL 60466
Beginning on Tue., April 2, 2019 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., April 3, 2009 and Wed., April 2, 2014
MOUNT PROSPECT ICE ARENA
1501 Feehanville Dr
Mt Prospect, IL 60056
Beginning on Thu., April 4, 2019 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., April 5, 2009 and Fri., April 4, 2014
TRIPHAHN CENTER- HOFFMAN ESTATES
1685 W Higgins Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Beginning on Sat., April 6, 2019 9:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., April 7, 2009 and Sun., April 6, 2014
CRYSTAL ICE HOUSE
320 Prairie St
Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Beginning on Sat., April 6, 2019 11:20am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., April 7, 2009 and Sun., April 6, 2014
ROCKET ICE ARENA
180 Canterbury Ln
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
Beginning on Sat., April 6, 2019 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., April 7, 2009 and Sun., April 6, 2014
RIDGELAND COMMON ICE ARENA 1
415 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Beginning on Sat., April 6, 2019 2:40pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., April 7, 2009 and Sun., April 6, 2014
waitlist
RIDGELAND COMMON ICE ARENA 2
415 Lake St
Oak Park, IL 60302
Beginning on Sat., April 6, 2019 2:55pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., April 7, 2009 and Sun., April 6, 2014
waitlist
ARCTIC ICE ARENA
W. 10700 160th St
Orland Park, IL 60467
Beginning on Sun., April 7, 2019 3:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., April 8, 2009 and Mon., April 7, 2014
waitlist
MB ICE ARENA (SUMMER SESSION)
1801 W Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60612
Beginning on Thu., May 30, 2019 4:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., May 31, 2009 and Fri., May 30, 2014