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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: : Max.Harvey@sabres.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.
WEST SENECA LTP
1250 Union Rd
West Seneca, NY 14224
Beginning on Sat., January 4, 2020 12:00pm
soldout
DEPEW LTP
78 Gould Ave.
Depew, NY 14043
Beginning on Sun., January 5, 2020 10:30am
soldout
DEPEW LTP 2
78 Gould Ave.
Depew, NY 14043
Beginning on Sun., January 5, 2020 11:30am
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., October 1, 2009 and Tue., January 5, 2016
NIAGARA LTP 1
University Dr
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Beginning on Sun., January 5, 2020 12:00pm
soldout
CAZENOVIA LTP 1
2607 Niagara St.
Buffalo, NY 14207
Beginning on Sun., January 5, 2020 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., October 1, 2009 and Tue., January 5, 2016
NIAGARA LTP 2
University Dr
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Beginning on Sun., January 5, 2020 1:00pm
soldout
LAKESHORE LTP 1
123 Ling Rd.
Rochester, NY 14612
Beginning on Sun., January 5, 2020 2:15pm
soldout
LOCKPORT LTP 1
1 Grigg Lewis Way
Lockport, NY 14094
Beginning on Mon., January 6, 2020 5:30pm
soldout
EAST AURORA LTP 1
41 Riley Street
East Aurora, NY 14052
Beginning on Wed., January 8, 2020 5:00pm
soldout
BUFFALO SHAMROCKS LTP 1
1250 Amherst St
Buffalo, NY
Beginning on Wed., January 8, 2020 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., October 1, 2009 and Fri., January 8, 2016
BUFFALO SHAMROCKS LTP 2
1250 Amherst St
Buffalo, NY
Beginning on Wed., January 8, 2020 7:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., October 1, 2009 and Fri., January 8, 2016
CHEEKTOWAGA LTP 1
2600 Harlem Rd
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Beginning on Thu., January 9, 2020 5:30pm
soldout
TONAWANDA LTP
251 Brompton Rd
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Beginning on Sat., January 11, 2020 11:10am
soldout
HAMBURG LTP 1
2982 Lakeview Rd
Hamburg, NY 14075
Beginning on Sat., January 11, 2020 11:20am
soldout
TONAWANDA LTP 2
251 Brompton Rd
Tonawanda, NY 14150
Beginning on Sat., January 11, 2020 12:20pm
soldout
EAST AURORA LTP 2
41 Riley Street
East Aurora, NY 14052
Beginning on Tue., January 21, 2020 5:00pm
soldout
LOCKPORT LTP 2
1 Grigg Lewis Way
Lockport, NY 14094
Beginning on Tue., March 3, 2020 5:50pm
soldout
CAZENOVIA LTP 2
25 Cazenovia St
Buffalo, NY 14220
Beginning on Sat., March 7, 2020 8:00am
Participants birthdate must be between Thu., October 1, 2009 and Mon., March 7, 2016
HAMBURG LTP 2
2982 Lakeview Rd
Hamburg, NY 14075
Beginning on Sat., March 7, 2020 11:20am
soldout