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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: : littlepenguins@pittsburghpenguins.com

ALL DETAILS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Learn from NHL Alumni

Rocky Saganiuk

Former NHL player Rocky Saganiuk has been coaching and teaching ice hockey for the past 36 years. Rocky grew up in Canada where he played his youth hockey and later was drafted and played in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins. A former British Ice Hockey League Coach of the Year, Rocky also led the Chicago Mission AAA Peewee majors to the USA Hockey National Finals. He has studied and learned his trade through the many experiences from great coaches and fellow players he has been associated with. Rocky continually strives towards developing a strong hockey program that focuses on teaching the basic skills of hockey in a fun and safe environment. After spending 11 years and developing over 3500 players at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Illinois, Rocky joins the Penguins as the Local Manager of the Little Penguins, Learn to Play program.

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.
ERIE BANK SPORTS PARK (WINTER 2019)
8155 Oliver Road
Erie, PA 16509
Sat., January 5, 2019 8:40am
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
UPMC LEMIEUX SPORTS COMPLEX 3 (WINTER 2019)
8000 Cranberry Springs Dr
Cranberry TWP, PA 16066
Sat., January 5, 2019 9:20am
soldout
CENTER ICE ARENA (WINTER 2019)
100 Center Ice Dr
Delmont, PA 15626
Sat., January 5, 2019 3:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
RMU ISLAND SPORTS CENTER (WINTER 2019)
7600 Grand Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15225
Sat., January 5, 2019 3:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
ROSTRAVER ICE GARDEN (WINTER 2019)
101 Gallitin Road
Belle Vernon, PA 15012
Sat., January 5, 2019 4:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
PITTSBURGH ICE ARENA (WINTER 2019)
700 Craigdell Rd
New Kensington, PA 15068
Sat., January 5, 2019 4:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
WHEELING PARK (WINTER 2019)
1801 National Rd
Wheeling, WV 26003
Sat., January 5, 2019 4:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
NORTH CENTRAL RECREATION CENTER (WINTER 2019)
186 Schoolhouse Rd
Ebensburg, PA 15931
Sun., January 6, 2019 7:30am
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
GEORGE S. DEARMENT ICE ARENA (WINTER 2019)
800 Thurston Road
Meadville, PA 16335
Sun., January 6, 2019 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
MORGANTOWN ICE RINK (WINTER 2019)
1001 Mississippi St
Morgantown, WV 26505
Sun., January 6, 2019 12:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
HESS ICE RINK (WINTER 2019)
3365 Mitchell Rd
New Castle, PA 16105
Sun., January 6, 2019 1:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
FROZEN POND ARENA (WINTER 2019)
118 Sylvan Spring Ln
Valencia, PA 16059
Sun., January 6, 2019 2:50pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
THE ICE MINE (WINTER 2019)
5001 Sr 1051
Connellsvile, PA 15425
Sun., January 6, 2019 3:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
SOUTH PARK ICE RINK (WINTER 2019)
30 Corrigan Dr
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Mon., January 7, 2019 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
NORTH PARK ICE RINK (WINTER 2019)
1101 Pierce Mill Rd
Allison Park, PA 15101
Mon., January 7, 2019 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
UPMC LEMIEUX SPORTS COMPLEX 1 (WINTER 2019)
8000 Cranberry Springs Dr
Cranberry TWP, PA 16066
Tue., January 8, 2019 2:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
MT. LEBANON ICE CENTER 1 (WINTER 2019)
900 Cedar Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Tue., January 8, 2019 6:40pm
soldout
MT. LEBANON ICE CENTER 2 (WINTER 2019)
900 Cedar Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Tue., January 8, 2019 7:20pm
soldout
S&T BANK ARENA (WINTER 2019)
497 East Pike Rd
Indiana, PA 15701
Fri., January 11, 2019 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
UPMC LEMIEUX SPORTS COMPLEX 2 (WINTER 2019)
8000 Cranberry Springs Dr
Cranberry TWP, PA 16066
Fri., January 11, 2019 5:40pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
ALPHA ICE COMPLEX (WINTER 2019)
66 Alpha Dr West
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Sat., January 12, 2019 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
SPENCER FAMILY YMCA (WINTER 2019)
305 Church Rd.
Bethel Park, PA 15102
Sun., January 13, 2019 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
1ST SUMMIT ARENA (WINTER 2019)
326 Napoleon St
Johnstown, PA 15901
Wed., January 16, 2019 5:50pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
DEEP FREEZE ICE ARENA (WINTER 2019)
360 McClurg Rd
Boardman, OH 44512
Sat., January 26, 2019 11:30am
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
PRINTSCAPE ARENA AT SOUTHPOINTE 1 (WINTER 2019)
114 Southpointe Blvd
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Sat., January 26, 2019 2:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
GALACTIC ICE (WINTER 2019)
750 Park Ave
Altoona, PA 16602
Sun., January 27, 2019 4:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
PRINTSCAPE ARENA AT SOUTHPOINTE 2 (WINTER 2019)
114 Southpointe Blvd
Canonsburg, PA 15317
Thu., January 31, 2019 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
BELMONT ICE COMPLEX (WINTER 2019)
415 Butler Rd
Kittaning, PA 16201
Sat., February 2, 2019 3:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014
ICE CASTLE ARENA (WINTER 2019)
990 Castle Shannon Blvd
Castle Shannon, PA 15234
Sat., February 9, 2019 12:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between Wed., December 31, 2008 and Mon., September 1, 2014