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The Hurricanes First Goal program is a joint initiative funded by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association in conjunction with the league-wide Learn To Play program. The initiative provides first-time participants* (boys and girls) aged 5-9 with hockey equipment as well as the opportunity to enjoy instructional hockey sessions.

Participants are introduced to the game of hockey by Hurricanes alumni and receive brand-new, Hurricanes-branded equipment, including: 

  • helmet
  • shoulder, elbow and shin pads
  • gloves
  • pants
  • socks
  • skates
  • jersey
  • equipment bag
  • stick

For more information, contact Shane Willis, Youth and Amateur Hockey Coordinator, at shanew@carolinahurricanes.com.

The Learn To Play: First Goal program was created to accomplish several things:

  • Increase the number of kids playing hockey
  • Create the "Gold Standard" hockey program
  • Create a fun and EFFECTIVE program
  • Deliver the game in an age-appropriate manner, consistent with ADM/LTAD models
  • Utilize former NHL players to teach the game and educate parents and coaches
  • Provide more than just the opportunity to become a better hockey player
  • Deliver a positive experience to ensure participants remain engaged in the game throughout their lives
  • Reduce cost barriers for first-time participants by providing free equipment

*Please Note: The Learn to Play initiative is geared towards kids who have not already played in a house league or higher, or previously been registered to a USA Hockey or Hockey Canada sanctioned minor hockey program. This is an introduction to the great game of hockey for first-time players and a transition program to those leagues.