THE NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT HOCKEY PROGRAM
Below you will find details pertaining to the First Shift Program. GMHA looks to run at least 1 session each year. First Shift will launch registration through their website. First Shift handles the registration for the program, while GMHA is the main point of contact and facilitates the on-ice session.
You can view all details here:
FIRST SHIFT PROGRAM
Registration usually opens in June, but keep an eye on the First Shift website to confirm that date.
THE FUN STARTS HERE
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 — 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.
THE NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT MAKES HOCKEY;
Manageable (time commitment)
PARTICIPANT REGISTRATION FEE OF $229 INCLUDES:
BAUER Equipment (Head-to-Toe)
Equipment fitting demonstration
Expert fit session and equipment distribution
A Program Maximum Capacity: 45 participants, 10 on ice instructors
B Program Maximum Capacity: 30 participants, 7 on ice instructors
ON-ICE EXPERIENCE INCLUDING;
6 Weeks, 1 session/week, 1 hour on a consistent day and time
Focus on Fun and Learn to Play
Insurance for participants
HOCKEY CANADA ON-ICE CURRICULUM
Hockey Canada has created a fun curriculum that focuses on:
Small areas games and skills stations active
Wide variety of skating skills, puck handling, passing and shooting exercises
Discovering the sport through variety of basic motor movement patterns
Fun games to ensure participants enjoy a full range of hockey experiences
Praise and encouragement will serve as the foundation of the instructor’s approach to working with all participants.