On Saturday, February 22, 2020, more than 350 hockey programs and USA Hockey are inviting kids ages 4-9 to try youth hockey for free as part of Hockey Weekend Across America. All of the participating programs have a limited amount of equipment, so registration is required. To find out which rinks are participating, and to register your child, click here.
These on-ice clinics will introduce the exciting sport of hockey in a fun and safe environment. During the one-hour session, participants will learn the basic skills of skating and hockey including stickhandling, passing and shooting. Participants will receive on-ice instruction by USA Hockey certified coaches, complimentary skate rental, an ice hockey stick and a Blue Jackets GOAL! jersey to keep. Parents will receive a “Next Steps” guide with information on how to continue on the path to becoming a hockey player through programs or classes offered at local rinks. Participants are encouraged to bring a helmet from home (bike helmet is acceptable) along with a pair of winter or hockey gloves. A limited number of helmets and gloves will be available. Hockey equipment is not required to participate.
Participating Ice Rinks for Try Hockey for Free
OhioHealth Chiller North offers 2 sessions
- 2:10 pm session is disability-friendly and open for athletes with visual impairments, physical limitations and/or special needs. Sled hockey is seated ice hockey for children with physical limitations. Players use two sticks, with metal picks on the ends, to propel forward while seated in a specially adapted sled. Visually impaired hockey, features an adapted puck that makes noise, and is both bigger and slower than a traditional puck. Special Hockey provides those with developmental disabilities the opportunity to play ice hockey in an environment adapted to each athlete’s level of physical and mental ability.
- 3:10 pm session is for 5 to 8-year-old kids who have no prior hockey or skating experience. Designed for 5 to 8-year-old kids who have no prior hockey or skating experience,
Lou & Gib Reese Ice Arena in Newark (936 Sharon Valley Rd, Newark)
- February 22 at 2:30 pm. This event is designed to provide kids, between the ages of 4 to 9, a completely free experience to try youth hockey. A limited amount of equipment is available to borrow. Our top coaches will be on the ice to assist your child in learning the basics. Your son or daughter does not need any previous skating or hockey experience.
Make sure you arrive at least 15-20 early to get the kids geared up with skates and equipment!
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