Little Pens | Learn to Play Hockey

Learn to Play Hockey

Little Pens | Learn to Play!

Learn to Play is a program that provides a unique opportunity for families to join the hockey community and for participants to develop fundamental skills to help them succeed both on and off the ice. Created jointly by the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL). Learn to Play’s goal is to inspire youth and welcome more families into the hockey community.

The value of learning to play hockey goes beyond skating and puck-handling skills. Its’ greatest value is the role it plays in the development of character and life skills such as RESPONSIBILITY, RESPECT, INTEGRITY, PERSEVERANCE and TEAMWORK. Learn to Play is the start of a new experience, extending further than the ice. It’s about falling down and getting up, making new friends from teammates and most of all creating fun memories that’ll last a lifetime.

Whether you’re playing, watching or supporting, hockey cultivates community. The Learn to Play Program aims to foster that community by providing unique experiences and exclusive access to NHL clubs and Alumni. By connecting the next generation of hockey stars with current hockey stars, Learn to Play provides families an exciting experience as they take their first step in their hockey journey.


  • Designed for first-time players between the ages of 4-9 years old.
  • Program fees may vary by facility and market.
  • Participants are strongly encouraged to complete a “Learn to Skate” program at a local rink before signing up for the Learn to Play program. *Baseline skating skills necessary
  • Approximately 4-8 weeks of on ice instruction (one lesson per week).
  • Participants must register online, phone and/or in-person registration at individual rinks will not be accepted.
  • If your local program is sold out, please complete the waiting list form and if an opening becomes available you may be contacted.
  • Unique experiences with NHL clubs, league brands and alumni vary from club to club.

Little Penguins program offering:

  • Fall (September-December)
  • Winter session (January-April)
  • Spring session (April-June).

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Spring Registration is now open

Starts: Apr 6 ’24 at 10:00 AM
Ends: Jun 15 ’24 at 10:50 AM
Registration Dates: Feb 6 ’24 – Mar 15 ’24