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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 littlesharks@sharkssports.net

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.
TRI-VALLEY ICE SPRING 2018
6611 Preston Ave D
Livermore, CA 94551
Sat., March 24, 2018 9:00am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/25/2008 and 03/24/2013
SOLAR4AMERICA ICE AT SAN JOSE 3 (GIRLS CLASS) SPRING 2018
1500 South 10th St
San Jose, CA 95112
Sun., March 25, 2018 10:15am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/26/2008 and 03/25/2013
YERBA BUENA ICE SKATING CENTER SPRING 2018
750 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94107
Sun., March 25, 2018 11:15am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/26/2008 and 03/25/2013
ICE CENTER AT CUPERTINO (VALLCO) 2 SPRING 2018
10123 Wolfe Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Sun., March 25, 2018 12:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/26/2008 and 03/25/2013
SOLAR4AMERICA ICE AT FREMONT SPRING 2018
44388 Old Warm Springs Blvd
Fremont, CA 94538
Sun., March 25, 2018 2:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between 03/26/2008 and 03/25/2013
OAKLAND ICE CENTER SPRING 2018
519 18th St
Oakland, CA 94612
Sat., March 31, 2018 11:30am
Participants birthdate must be between 04/01/2008 and 03/31/2013
SOLAR4AMERICA ICE AT SAN JOSE 1 SPRING 2018
1500 South 10th St
San Jose, CA 95112
Sun., March 25, 2018 8:00am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/26/2008 and 03/25/2013
waitlist
SOLAR4AMERICA ICE AT SAN JOSE 2 SPRING 2018
1500 South 10th St
San Jose, CA 95112
Sun., March 25, 2018 9:00am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/26/2008 and 03/25/2013
waitlist
NAZARETH ICE OASIS - REDWOOD CITY SPRING 2018
3140 Bay Rd
Redwood City, CA 94063
Sun., March 25, 2018 9:30am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/26/2008 and 03/25/2013
waitlist
ICE CENTER AT CUPERTINO (VALLCO) 1 SPRING 2018
10123 Wolfe Rd
Cupertino, CA 95014
Sun., March 25, 2018 10:45am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/26/2008 and 03/25/2013
waitlist
NAZARETH ICE OASIS - SAN MATEO SPRING 2018
2202 Bridgepointe Pkwy
San Mateo, CA 94404
Sun., March 25, 2018 11:30am
Participants birthdate must be between 03/26/2008 and 03/25/2013
waitlist