Learn to Play

Why Hockey?

Because hockey is the greatest sport in the world for making friends and learning how to be a good teammate. Because in this game everybody plays and keeps moving, taking turns on the ice practically every minute. Because hockey builds stronger bodies and team spirit that grows among the players and families alike.  

Participating in hockey programs instills lessons and positive traits to last a lifetime. Hockey builds character. It encourages decision-making skills and quick thinking on your feet, the value of hard work, plus how to handle both wins and losses. Coaches teach a mindset of teamwork that relies on trust, responsibility, fair play and, most of all, joy.  

Steps to Play Hockey

Learning skating fundamentals before starting hockey is key. Coaches will progress kids individually through the levels of Learn to Skate and Learn to Play based on skills demonstrated. Each participant will advance through the various levels at their own pace. All kids should begin in Learn to Skate and will be placed accordingly.

Learn to Play Programs

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Financial Assistance

Financial support for youth hockey programming is available through the One Roof Foundation.

Financial Assistance

Volunteer Coaches

Youth hockey couldn’t happen without the parents and community volunteers that help with all facets of the game. We have opportunities for volunteer coaches, team managers, score keepers, clock managers and penalty box managers. A great way to help out and build friendships and community that will last a lifetime.

Learn more about the volunteer commitments, benefits and training by completing the questionnaire or visiting our Volunteers page.

Coaches Questionnaire


USA Hockey Registration

Prior to participating in any hockey programs through Kraken Community Iceplex, all participants must acquire a USA Hockey Membership.*

*Exception: First-time players enrolling in Learn to Play 1 do not require a USA Hockey number, as they will receive one as part of the NHL program.

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