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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: : jboniecki@nashvillepredators.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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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.
BENTON WILCOXON LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY 1
3185 Leeman Ferry Rd SW
Huntsville, AL 35801
Beginning on Wed., September 18, 2019 6:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., September 18, 2009 and Sat., September 19, 2015
LEXINGTON ICE CENTER LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY
560 Eureka Springs Dr
Lexington, KY 40517
Beginning on Tue., October 1, 2019 6:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., October 1, 2009 and Thu., October 1, 2015
ICELAND SPORTS COMPLEX LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY 1
1701 UPS Drive
Louisville, KY 40223
Beginning on Sun., October 6, 2019 4:16pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., October 6, 2009 and Tue., October 6, 2015
COOL SPORTS LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY 1
110 S Watt Rd
Knoxville, TN 37934
Beginning on Sun., October 13, 2019 3:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., October 13, 2009 and Tue., October 13, 2015
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EDGE ICE CENTER LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY 1
1400 Hickman Ave
Owensboro, KY 42301
Beginning on Wed., October 16, 2019 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., October 16, 2009 and Fri., October 16, 2015
MID-SOUTH ICE HOUSE LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY 1
10705 Ridgeway Industrial Dr
Olive Branch, MS 38654
Beginning on Fri., October 18, 2019 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Sun., October 18, 2009 and Sun., October 18, 2015
ATLANTA ICE HOUSE LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY
2600 Prado Lane
Marietta, GA 30066
Beginning on Sun., October 20, 2019 1:50pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., October 20, 2009 and Tue., October 20, 2015
PELHAM CIVIC CENTER LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY
500 Amphitheater Rd
Pelham, AL 35124
Beginning on Wed., October 23, 2019 6:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between Fri., October 23, 2009 and Fri., October 23, 2015
FORD ICE CENTER-BELLEVUE GIRLS ONLY LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY 1
7620 Hwy 70 S
Nashville, TN 37221
Beginning on Tue., November 5, 2019 6:00pm
Girls Only
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., November 5, 2009 and Thu., November 5, 2015
DULUTH ICE FORUM LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY 1
2300 Satellite Boulevard
Duluth, GA 30097
Beginning on Sun., November 10, 2019 4:10pm
Participants birthdate must be between Tue., November 10, 2009 and Tue., November 10, 2015
COLUMBUS ICE RINK LITTLE PREDS LEARN TO PLAY
400 4th St
Columbus, GA 31901
Beginning on Sat., January 11, 2020 8:30am
Participants birthdate must be between Mon., January 11, 2010 and Mon., January 11, 2016