The NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families. We want families to experience the game at its best â€” to understand why so many Canadians feel an inherent love for the sport, and to stimulate a desire for continued participation. We want to take away any intimidation as it relates to equipment requirements, and/or rules of the game, remove potential safety concerns, and most importantly, provide an experience that is memorable and fun.
We believe in all hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities. We designed the NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT to facilitate entry into hockey by offering a program that is ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, SAFE, and most importantly, FUN! We cannot wait to help your kids fall in love with hockey.
Hockey Canada has created a fun curriculum that focuses on:
Praise and encouragement will serve as the foundation of the instructorâ€™s approach to working with all participants.
The Transition Program
The Transition Program is intended to provide families a path forward to ensure continued participation in hockey. Following the initial 6-week On-Ice Trial, families will have the opportunity to participate in a program hosted by the Minor Hockey Association. Details will vary slightly from location to location and program to program, but the parameters of every offering will fall in line with the key principles of the NHL/NHLPA First Shift. The Hockey Canada on-ice curriculum is progressive; moving from a Learn to Play, through the fundamentals of skating and hockey skills, on to a 3 on 3 play environment.
The NHL/NHLPA First Shift is open to boys and girls ages 6-10*, who have not previously registered for hockey. The MHA registrar will check each name against the Hockey Canada Registry.
*To be eligible to participate, children must be born between January 1, 2009 and March 1, 2014.
The $199 registration fee covers the 6 week program, player insurance, as well as head-to-toe hockey Bauer equipment.