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!
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.
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.
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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.
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:
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.