With a goal of inspiring more Philadelphia-area families to join the hockey community, the Philadelphia Flyers are partnering with 12 hockey rinks across the region to kick off an expanded Flyers Rookie Program this month, a six-week learn-to-play initiative for first-time youth hockey players that features FREE Flyers-branded head-to-toe hockey equipment for participants.
The program, now in its second year and open to boys and girls ages five to nine, 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.
Part of an 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.
Participating rinks and available course dates are as follows:
Flyers Skate Zone at Atlantic City, 501 N. Albany Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08041
Sep. 17-Nov. 5; Nov. 12-Dec. 17; Jan.7-Feb. 18
The Pond Ice Arena, 101 John F. Campbell Rd., Newark, DE 19711
Sep. 23-Oct. 28
Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees, 601 Laurel Oak Rd., Voorhees, NJ 08043
Sep. 30-Nov. 11; Nov. 18-Dec. 23; Jan. 6-Feb. 17; Feb. 24-Mar. 31
Virtua Health Flyers Skate Zone at Pennsauken, 6725 River Rd., Pennsauken, NJ 08110
Sep. 30-Nov. 4; Nov. 11-Dec. 23; Jan. 6-Feb. 17
Aria Health Flyers Skate Zone at Northeast Philadelphia, 10990 Decatur Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19154
Sep. 30-Nov. 4; Nov. 11-Dec. 23
Ice Line, 700 Lawrence Dr., West Chester, PA 19380
Oct. 14-Nov. 18; Dec. 2-Jan. 13; Jan. 27-Mar. 10
Bucks County Ice Sports Center, 1185 York Rd., Warminster, PA 18974
Oct. 27-Dec. 15; Jan. 5-Mar. 2; Mar. 9-Apr. 20
IceWorks Skating Complex, 3100 Dutton Mill Rd., Aston, PA 19014
Nov. 4-Dec. 16; Jan. 6-Feb. 3; Mar. 10-Apr. 7
Oaks Center Ice, 100 Pennco Rd., Oaks, PA 19456
Nov. 4-Dec. 16; Jan. 6-Feb. 24
Grundy Arena, 475 Beaver St., Bristol, PA 19007
Nov. 5-Dec. 17; Jan. 14-Feb. 18; Feb. 25-Apr. 8
Hatfield Ice, 350 County Line Rd., Colmar, PA 18915
Jan. 6-Feb. 17; Apr. 11-May 23
The Skatium, 1002 Darby Rd., Havertown, PA 19083
Mar. 3-Apr. 14
For more information, visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com/RookieProgram.