RED DEER - The Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are partnering with Hockey Alberta to bring the NHL/NHLPA First Shift to Red Deer this winter.
Registration is now open for the six-week learn-to-play program, which runs Saturdays from 8:30-9:30 am at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, beginning February 15. The focus of the on-ice sessions is fun-first, while teaching basic skating and fundamental hockey skills through play. Each week’s session also will feature alumni from the Flames and Oilers.
Registration is just $199, which includes full head-to-toe equipment. The First Shift is open to any new-to-hockey athletes aged six to 10 years (born between January 1, 2009 and March 1, 2014).
The NHL/NHLPA First Shift is a truly unique experience for new-to-hockey families, designed to ease kids and their families into the sport of hockey in a fun and friendly environment before you buy the gear. The ultimate goal is to create a path forward which includes follow-up programming that is accessible, affordable and fun.
A welcome event is set for Friday, January 24 for registered participants. That event offers information and activities to help build the athlete’s confidence, and for parents to feel comfortable in a hockey environment. It is also where the participants will get fitted with their equipment.
Aside from the Red Deer program, various other NHL/NHLPA First Shift programs are offered across the province in both the fall and winter, with limited spaces remaining. Alberta First Shift Programs >
For more information on the Calgary Flames/Edmonton Oilers First Shift program in Red Deer, please contact Bryden Burrell at [email protected]