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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 Jocelyne.cummings@newyorkislanders.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.
PORT WASHINGTON WEDNESDAYS
70 Seaview Blvd
Port Washington, NY 11050
Wed., September 5, 2018 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/06/2008 and 09/05/2013
PORT WASHINGTON SUNDAYS
70 Seaview Blvd
Port Washington, NY 11050
Sun., September 9, 2018 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/10/2008 and 09/09/2013
ABE STARK
1902 W 19th St
Brooklyn, NY 11214
Sat., September 15, 2018 11:15am
Participants birthdate must be between 09/16/2008 and 09/15/2013
ICELAND
3345 Hillside Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Sun., September 16, 2018 3:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/17/2008 and 09/16/2013
HAUPPAUGE 1
660 TERRY RD
HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788
Fri., September 21, 2018 5:00pm
soldout
LIC FALL FRIDAYS 1
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Fri., September 21, 2018 5:00pm
soldout
LIC FALL FRIDAYS 2
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Fri., September 21, 2018 6:00pm
soldout
LIC FALL SATURDAYS 1
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sat., September 22, 2018 12:00pm
soldout
LIC FALL SATURDAYS 2
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sat., September 22, 2018 1:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/23/2008 and 09/22/2013
LIC FALL SATURDAYS 3
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sat., September 22, 2018 2:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/23/2008 and 09/22/2013
LIC FALL WEDNESDAYS 1
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Wed., September 26, 2018 5:00pm
soldout
LIC FALL WEDNESDAYS 2
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Wed., September 26, 2018 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/27/2008 and 09/26/2013
LIC FALL WEDNESDAYS 3
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Wed., September 26, 2018 7:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/27/2008 and 09/26/2013
LIC FALL SUNDAYS 1
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sun., September 30, 2018 9:00am
Participants birthdate must be between 10/01/2008 and 09/30/2013
LIC FALL SUNDAYS 2
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sun., September 30, 2018 10:00am
Participants birthdate must be between 10/01/2008 and 09/30/2013
LIC FALL SUNDAYS 3
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sun., September 30, 2018 11:00am
Participants birthdate must be between 10/01/2008 and 09/30/2013
LIC FALL SUNDAYS 4
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sun., September 30, 2018 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 10/01/2008 and 09/30/2013
AVIATOR SPORTS 1
3159 Flatbrush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Tue., October 2, 2018 5:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between 10/03/2008 and 10/02/2013
NORTHWELL 2
200 Merrick Ave
East Meadow, NY 11554
Mon., October 15, 2018 4:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 10/16/2008 and 10/15/2013
HAUPPAUGE 2
660 TERRY RD
HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788
Fri., November 2, 2018 5:00pm
soldout
PROSPECT PARK 1
171 East Drive
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Tue., November 6, 2018 5:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between 11/07/2008 and 11/06/2013
AVIATOR SPORTS 2
3159 Flatbrush Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11234
Tue., December 4, 2018 6:09pm
Participants birthdate must be between 12/05/2008 and 12/04/2013
NORTHWELL 3
200 Merrick Ave
East Meadow, NY 11554
Mon., December 10, 2018 4:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 12/11/2008 and 12/10/2013
PROSPECT PARK 2
171 East Drive
Brooklyn, NY 11225
Tue., December 18, 2018 5:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between 12/19/2008 and 12/18/2013
HAUPPAUGE 3
660 TERRY RD
HAUPPAUGE, NY 11788
Fri., January 4, 2019 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/05/2009 and 01/04/2014
GREENPORT
115 Front St
greenport, NY 11944
Sun., January 6, 2019 9:30am
Participants birthdate must be between 01/07/2009 and 01/06/2014
LIC WINTER WEDNESDAYS 1
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Wed., January 9, 2019 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/10/2009 and 01/09/2014
LIC WINTER WEDNESDAYS 2
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Wed., January 9, 2019 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/10/2009 and 01/09/2014
LIC WINTER WEDNESDAYS 3
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Wed., January 9, 2019 7:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/10/2009 and 01/09/2014
LIC WINTER FRIDAYS 1
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Fri., January 11, 2019 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/12/2009 and 01/11/2014
LIC WINTER FRIDAYS 2
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Fri., January 11, 2019 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/12/2009 and 01/11/2014
LIC WINTER SATURDAYS 1
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sat., January 12, 2019 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/13/2009 and 01/12/2014
LIC WINTER SATURDAYS 2
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sat., January 12, 2019 1:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/13/2009 and 01/12/2014
LIC WINTER SATURDAYS 3
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sat., January 12, 2019 2:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/13/2009 and 01/12/2014
LIC WINTER SATURDAYS 4
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sat., January 12, 2019 3:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/13/2009 and 01/12/2014
LIC WINTER SUNDAYS 1
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sun., January 13, 2019 9:00am
Participants birthdate must be between 01/14/2009 and 01/13/2014
LIC WINTER SUNDAYS 2
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sun., January 13, 2019 10:00am
Participants birthdate must be between 01/14/2009 and 01/13/2014
LIC WINTER SUNDAYS 3
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sun., January 13, 2019 11:00am
Participants birthdate must be between 01/14/2009 and 01/13/2014
LIC WINTER SUNDAYS 4
10-12 46th Rd
Long Island City, NY 11101
Sun., January 13, 2019 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/14/2009 and 01/13/2014