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.
Those families interested in registering their child for the program can visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com/RookieProgram. Standard learn-to-play rink fees apply and vary by location.
Participating rinks and available course dates are as follows:
Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees,601 Laurel Oak Rd. Voorhees, NJ 08043
Oct. 1-Nov. 5;Nov. 12- Dec. 23; Jan. 7-Feb. 25
Ice Line,700 Lawrence Drive West Chester, PA 19380
Oct. 15- Nov. 19
IceWorks Skating Complex, 3100 Dutton Mill Rd. Aston, PA 19014
Nov. 5-Dec. 17; Jan. 7-Feb. 4
Aria Health Flyers Skate Zone at Northeast Philadelphia,10990 Decatur Rd. Philadelphia, PA 19154
Nov. 5-Dec. 17; Jan. 7- Feb. 11
Virtua Health Flyers Skate Zone at Pennsauken, 6725 River Rd. Pennsauken, NJ 08110
Nov. 5-Dec. 17; Jan. 7-Feb. 25
Oaks Center Ice, 100 Pennco Rd. Oaks, PA 19456
Nov. 5- Dec. 17; Jan. 7-Feb. 25
The Pond Ice Arena, 101 John F. Campbell Rd. Newark, DE 19711
Nov. 5-Dec. 17
Grundy Arena,475 Beaver St. Bristol, PA 19007
Nov. 6-Dec. 18; Jan. 15-Feb. 26; May 8-Jun. 19
Flyers Skate Zone at Atlantic City, 501 N. Albany Ave. Atlantic City, NJ 08041
Nov. 12-Dec. 17; Jan. 7-Feb. 18
For more information, visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com/RookieProgram.