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.
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The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), in partnership with USA Hockey, have identified the need for a unified growth strategy as a priority for the sport of hockey. 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 challenges the way youth hockey is offered by providing first-time participants free head-to-toe equipment, eight (8) classes of age-appropriate on-ice instruction, and certified coaching in a fun and safe atmosphere.
The Seattle Kraken Learn to Play program is offered to new, first-time participants (boys and girls) between the ages of five (5) and nine (9). Participants must not have previously registered with USA Hockey or previously participated in a hockey league/program (house/rec league, learn to play, mini-mites, camps, etc.). Participants should complete a Learn to Skate class prior to enrolling in Learn to Play.
Participants should complete a Learn to Skate class. Schedule for Fall 2021 Learn to Skate classes at Kraken Community Iceplex will be published in Summer 2021.
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.
Upon registration, each participant will receive complimentary head-to-toe hockey equipment. Participants will attend a local fitting session to get sized for their equipment (pending COVID restrictions at the time, this may be virtual). After registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail and instructions for finding a local fitting session. The equipment provided includes: a helmet with cage, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin guards, gloves, hockey skates, a hockey stick, jersey, socks, and an equipment bag. Participants will be required to purchase their own neck guard, mouth guard, and athletic supporter (jock/jill). All equipment is required to be worn during on-ice sessions. Participants keep the equipment upon graduating from the Learn to Play program.
It is strongly recommended that participants arrive 30-60 minutes early prior to the first on-ice session. Please arrive in enough time to ensure that your child is able to get checked in, dressed, and on the ice on time. It can take longer than expected to get your child dressed, especially in the first few sessions.
Unfortunately, no. The NHL Learn to Play program is offered only to new, first-time participants. You will be provided with information on the next steps to continue participating with us at the conclusion of your session.
No, within the first few weeks of class, you will get an e-mail with your USA Hockey number, so do not register your child yourself for USA Hockey. USA Hockey is the governing body of ice hockey in the United States. (www.usahockey.com)
USA Hockey as the Governing Body provides a number of resources for the Learn to Play program, including; age-appropriate training modules and practice plans, coaching certification, background screening and insurance for all participants in the Seattle Kraken Learn to Play program.
Please make sure to let your coach know that you will not be attending a certain class.
KCI will be the primary training facility for the Kraken NHL team. Housing three NHL-sized ice rinks, the venue will be open to the public for youth and adult hockey & skating lessons, clinics and leagues, public skating, ice rentals, corporate & private events, and much more. The venue will also have a Starbucks Community Store, 32 Bar & Grill, Kraken Team Shop and Virginia Mason Franciscan Health Medical Pavilion.
The Kraken Community Iceplex will open for public activities in mid-September 2021. Registration for Learn to Play and other programs will begin Summer 2021.
No, Kraken games will be played at Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center.