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The Columbus Blue Jackets are excited to continue the Blue Jackets Learn to Play program this summer! 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 4-8 years of age, free head-to-toe equipment, age appropriate instruction and certified coaching, led by Blue Jackets Alumni Andrew Cassels, in a fun and safe atmosphere. The program will consist of six (6) 50 minute long on-ice sessions over the course of six (6) consecutive weeks.

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.

Registration for the Summer 2017 program is now open!


To be eligible for the Blue Jackets Learn to Play prorgam children must be between 4-8 years of age and new to hockey.

Children who are currently or previously enrolled in a learn to play program or play/played organized hockey are not eligible to participate in this program.


• Skating lessons are highly recommended and required before children attend their first Blue Jackets Learn to Play class. Participants must be able to skate fluently on their own in hockey skates (no marching). This is typically achieved upon completion of a Basic 2, Hockey Prep and or Stinger 2 class. Learn more about skating classes at

• Participants must register online, no exceptions.

• There are limited spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. If the session you prefer is full, please check another session before signing up for the waitlist.

• Registered participants will be required to attend an equipment fitting at a specified Chiller location 1-2 weeks prior to the first on-ice session.

• Registration is confirmed with an email upon completion of online registration. If you did not receive an email confirmation, please contact

• Upon completion of the Blue Jackets Learn to Play program parents will be provided with 'next step' opportunities for their child's further development.

• All participants will automatically be registered with USA Hockey for the 2017-2018 season allowing for an easier and less expensive transition into future hockey programs.

Host Rink Rink Address Day Time Dates Cost
OhioHealth Chiller Easton 3600 Chiller Lane, Columbus, OH 43219 Mondays 6:30-7:20PM May 15, 22, (no class May 29), June 5, 12, 19, 26 $100
OhioHealth Chiller North 8144 Highfield Drive, Lewis Center, OH 43035 Saturdays 9:00-9:50AM May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 $100
OhioHealth Chiller North 8144 Highfield Drive, Lewis Center, OH 43035 Saturdays 11:00-11:50AM May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 17, 24 $100

*The next sessions are tentatively scheduled for spring and summer 2018.

• Does your child want to play hockey but does not meet the age requirements for the Blue Jackets Learn to Play program? The OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks offer skating and hockey classes for ages 9 and up, and may be able to help you find quality used gear from an equipment bank if needed. Learn more at or

• Cancellations: We understand that situations occur that may prevent you from participating in Blue Jackets Learn to Play program. If you need to cancel your registration, please contact with your request.

• For additional assistance, please email