The Columbus Blue Jackets Learn to Play program returns for 2019! Part of a National Hockey League-wide initiative in partnership with the National Hockey League Players' Association, Blue Jackets Learn to Play program will provide first time participants*, between 5-8 years of age, free head-to-toe equipment, age appropriate instruction and certified coaching, led by Blue Jackets Alum Andrew Cassels, in a fun and safe atmosphere. The program will consist of weekly, 50-minute-long on-ice sessions over consecutive weeks.
*This introductory program is designed as a next step for kids that can already skate on their own, but have not yet participated in any learn to play hockey or organized hockey programs.
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. Developed with the help of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, the Blue Jackets 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.