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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: : Jocelyne.cummings@newyorkislanders.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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Hockey
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.
HAUPPAUGE 1
660 TERRY RD
HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788
Beginning on Fri., August 2, 2019 5:00pm
soldout
CANTIAGUE 1
480 W John St.
Hicksville, NY 11801
Beginning on Sun., August 4, 2019 10:30am
soldout
NORTHWELL 1
200 Merrick Ave
East Meadow, NY 11554
Beginning on Mon., August 5, 2019 4:00pm
soldout
LIC SUMMER 2019 SESSION 2
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Mon., August 5, 2019 6:00pm
soldout
LIC SUMMER 2019 SESSION 3
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Tue., August 6, 2019 5:00pm
soldout
NEWBRIDGE 1
2600 Newbridge Rd
Bellmore, NY 11710
Beginning on Sat., September 7, 2019 5:00pm
soldout
ICELAND 1
3345 Hillside Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Beginning on Sun., September 8, 2019 3:10pm
soldout
LIC FALL 2019 SESSION 1
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Mon., September 16, 2019 5:00pm
soldout
LIC FALL 2019 SESSION 2
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Tue., September 17, 2019 5:00pm
soldout
LIC FALL 2019 SESSION 3
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Wed., September 18, 2019 5:00pm
soldout
LIC FALL 2019 SESSION 5
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Fri., September 20, 2019 6:00pm
soldout
LIC FALL 2019 SESSION 6
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sat., September 21, 2019 12:00pm
soldout
LIC FALL 2019 SESSION 9
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sat., September 21, 2019 3:00pm
soldout
LIC FALL 2019 SESSION 10
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sun., September 22, 2019 9:00am
soldout
LIC FALL 2019 SESSION 11
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sun., September 22, 2019 10:00am
soldout
LIC FALL 2019 SESSION 12
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sun., September 22, 2019 11:00am
soldout
AVIATOR 1
3159 Flatbrush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Beginning on Tue., October 1, 2019 5:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., October 1, 2009 and Wed., October 1, 2014
LTP AT ICEWORKS 2
175 Underhill Blvd
Syosset, NY 11791
Beginning on Wed., October 2, 2019 3:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., October 2, 2009 and Thu., October 2, 2014
HAUPPAUGE 2
660 TERRY RD
HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788
Beginning on Fri., October 4, 2019 5:00pm
soldout
NORTHWELL 2
200 Merrick Ave
East Meadow, NY 11554
Beginning on Mon., October 7, 2019 4:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., October 7, 2009 and Tue., October 7, 2014
LAKESIDE PROSPECT 1
171 East Drive
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Beginning on Mon., November 4, 2019 5:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., November 4, 2009 and Tue., November 4, 2014
AVIATOR 2
3159 Flatbrush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Beginning on Tue., November 26, 2019 5:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., November 26, 2009 and Wed., November 26, 2014
HAUPPAUGE 3
660 TERRY RD
HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788
Beginning on Fri., November 29, 2019 5:00pm
soldout
SYOSSET WOODBURY
7800 Jericho Turnpike
Woodbury, NY 11797
Beginning on Tue., December 3, 2019 4:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., December 3, 2009 and Wed., December 3, 2014
MARJORIE POST
Unqua Road
Massapequa, NY 11758
Beginning on Tue., December 3, 2019 5:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., December 3, 2009 and Wed., December 3, 2014
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 1
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Mon., January 13, 2020 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., January 13, 2010 and Tue., January 13, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 2
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Tue., January 14, 2020 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., January 14, 2010 and Wed., January 14, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 3
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Wed., January 15, 2020 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., January 15, 2010 and Thu., January 15, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 4
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Fri., January 17, 2020 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., January 17, 2010 and Sat., January 17, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 5
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Fri., January 17, 2020 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., January 17, 2010 and Sat., January 17, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 6
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sat., January 18, 2020 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., January 18, 2010 and Sun., January 18, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 7
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sat., January 18, 2020 1:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., January 18, 2010 and Sun., January 18, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 8
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sat., January 18, 2020 2:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., January 18, 2010 and Sun., January 18, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 9
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sat., January 18, 2020 3:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., January 18, 2010 and Sun., January 18, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 10
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sun., January 19, 2020 9:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., January 19, 2010 and Mon., January 19, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 11
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sun., January 19, 2020 10:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., January 19, 2010 and Mon., January 19, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 12
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sun., January 19, 2020 11:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., January 19, 2010 and Mon., January 19, 2015
LIC WINTER 2020 SESSION 13
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Beginning on Sun., January 19, 2020 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., January 19, 2010 and Mon., January 19, 2015