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New to Hockey? Find out information here!

By TJO Admin, 05/08/19, 9:15AM CDT


Interested in ice hockey?  Take a look at the break-down below on how to lace up the skates and start playing!



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Dallas Stars Learn To Play

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.

2021 Session Dates

This is for FIRST TIME participants only. If you have participated in the Learn To Play program before, you may not register again.


Step 1: Lil' OIlers

Lil’ Oilers is a Fun introduction to your Hockey Player’s “Roadmap To Hockey’!

Lil’ Oiler participants must currently be enrolled in the Learn To Skate Program (LTS).
They also MUST have completed Basic Three in the LTS program.

Lil’ Oilers is FREE when your skater is enrolled in Learn To Skate!

Lil’ Oilers sessions are on Thursdays from 5:00-5:30.

Full gear is recommended, but a Helmet, Gloves and Skates are required.

For more information, or questions, please contact:

Step 2: Hockey Academy

Hockey Academy is your Hockey Player’s next step on their “Roadmap To Hockey”!

Hockey Academy participants should currently be enrolled in the Learn To Skate Program and must have completed Basic Three.

Hockey Academy uses ADM Style drills, skill stations and games.

Hockey Academy sessions go month to month, year round, Thursdays at 5:00-5:30pm.

Cost for a four week month is $65.00.
Cost for a five week month is $80.00.
Go to the Hockey Academy page for specific dates for this month. 
All participants must register online via the Sports Engine registration link!

FULL GEAR is REQUIRED, as well as an annual USA Hockey Number.

To register with USA Hockey, go to:
The cost is $48.00

For more information, or questions, please contact:

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