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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 littlewild@wild.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.
LITTLE WILD: EDEN PRAIRIE
16700 Valley View
Eden Prairie, MN 55346
Tue., September 4, 2018 5:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
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LITTLE WILD: LAKEVILLE
19900 Ipava Ave.
Lakeville, MN 55044
Tue., September 4, 2018 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
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LITTLE WILD: BLOOMINGTON
3600 W. 98th St.
Bloomington, MN 55431
Wed., September 5, 2018 7:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
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LITTLE WILD: PLYMOUTH
3650 Plymouth Blvd.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Wed., September 5, 2018 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
waitlist
LITTLE WILD: WOODBURY
4125 Radio Drive
Woodbury, MN 55129
Wed., September 5, 2018 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
waitlist
LITTLE WILD: ST LOUIS PARK
3700 Monterey Dr
St Louis Park, MN 55416
Thu., September 6, 2018 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
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LITTLE WILD: FOREST LAKE
5530 206th Street North
Forest Lake, MN 55025
Fri., September 7, 2018 5:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
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LITTLE WILD: BLAINE
1850 105th Ave NE
Blaine, MN 55449
Sun., September 9, 2018 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
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LITTLE WILD: BRAINERD
502 Jackson St
Brainerd, MN 56401
Sun., September 9, 2018 2:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
LITTLE WILD: CHAMPLIN PARK
12165 Ensign Ave N
Champlin, MN 55316
Sun., September 9, 2018 11:15am
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
waitlist
LITTLE WILD: DULUTH
120 S 30th Ave W
Duluth, MN 55806
Sun., September 9, 2018 3:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
LITTLE WILD: HASTINGS
2801 Red Wing Blvd
Hastings, MN 55033
Sun., September 9, 2018 2:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
LITTLE WILD: MARSHALL
1651 Victory Drive
Marshall, MN 56258
Sun., September 9, 2018 5:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
LITTLE WILD: ST. PAUL
400 Wabasha St N
St Paul, MN 55101
Sun., September 9, 2018 1:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
waitlist
LITTLE WILD: WILLMAR
2707 Arena Dr.
Willmar, MN 56201
Mon., September 10, 2018 5:45pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
LITTLE WILD: CHASKA CHANHASSEN
1661 Park Ridge Dr
Chaska, MN 55318
Tue., September 11, 2018 7:15pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
waitlist
LITTLE WILD: OWATONNA
1525 S. Cedar Ave.
Owatonna, MN 55060
Tue., September 11, 2018 6:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
waitlist
LITTLE WILD: ROGERS
21080 141st Ave N
Rogers, MN 55374
Tue., September 11, 2018 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
waitlist
LITTLE WILD: BURNSVILLE
251 Civic Center Pkwy
Burnsville , MN 55337
Thu., September 13, 2018 6:00pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013
waitlist
LITTLE WILD: BEMIDJI
3000 Division St. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Sun., September 16, 2018 4:30pm
Participants birthdate must be between 09/01/2009 and 09/01/2013