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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 MSkeats@nashvillepredators.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.
DULUTH ICE FORUM 1
2300 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097
Sun., September 23, 2018 4:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/23/2008 and 09/23/2014
LEXINGTON ICE CENTER 1
560 Eureka Springs Dr
Lexington, KY 40517
Wed., September 26, 2018 6:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/26/2008 and 09/26/2014
FORD ICE CENTER 1
5264 Hickory Hollow Pkwy
Antioch, TN 37013
Mon., October 1, 2018 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 10/01/2008 and 10/01/2014
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MARIETTA ICE RINK
4880 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
Sat., October 20, 2018 10:30am
Participants birthdate must be between 10/20/2008 and 10/20/2014
COOL SPORTS 1
110 S Watt Rd
Knoxville, TN 37934
Sun., October 21, 2018 3:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 10/21/2008 and 10/21/2014
POINT MALLARD ICE COMPLEX 1
2901 Point Mallard Dr. SE
Decatur, AL 35601
Mon., October 22, 2018 6:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between 10/22/2008 and 10/22/2014
PELHAM CIVIC CENTER
500 Amphitheater Rd
Pelham, AL 35124
Sat., October 27, 2018 2:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between 10/27/2008 and 10/27/2014
ICELAND SPORTS 1
1701 UPS Drive
Louisville, KY 40223
Sun., October 28, 2018 4:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 10/28/2008 and 10/28/2014
MID SOUTH ICE HOUSE 1
10705 Ridgeway Industrial Dr
Olive Branch, MS 38654
Fri., November 2, 2018 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 11/02/2008 and 11/02/2014
BENTON WILCOXON 1
3185 Leeman Ferry Rd SW
Huntsville, AL 35801
Wed., November 7, 2018 6:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between 11/07/2008 and 11/07/2014
COLUMBUS ICE RINK 1
400 4th St
Columbus, GA 31901
Sat., January 5, 2019 8:30am
Participants birthdate must be between 01/05/2009 and 01/05/2015
ARKANSAS SKATIUM 1
1311 S. Bowman Rd
Little Rock, AR 72211
Sun., January 6, 2019 1:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/06/2009 and 01/06/2015
EDGE ICE CENTER
1400 Hickman Ave
Owensboro, KY 42301
Wed., January 9, 2019 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 01/09/2009 and 01/09/2015
SWONDER ICE RINK
209 N. Boeke Rd
Evansville, IN 47711
Tue., April 2, 2019 6:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between 04/02/2009 and 04/02/2015