With a goal of inspiring more Philadelphia-area families to join the hockey community, the Philadelphia Flyers have partnered with nine hockey rinks across the region to launch the Flyers Rookie Program, a six-week learn-to-play initiative for first-time youth hockey players that features FREE head-to-toe equipment for participants. Part of a National Hockey League-wide initiative in partnership with the National Hockey League Players' Association, the Flyers Rookie Program aims to teach first-time players the basic skills of hockey, while focusing on important "off-ice" skills such as teamwork, responsibility, and respect.
The program, open to boys and girls ages four through eight, provides each participant with a full set of Flyers-branded hockey equipment including: helmet with cage, shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, shin guards, skates, jersey, socks, stick, and equipment bag. Upon completion of the program, participants can keep their equipment. The six-week course also includes age-appropriate instruction by a certified coaching staff, including NHL alumni.