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Sidney Crosby's Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey

The Pittsburgh Penguins are pleased to announce the return of Sidney Crosby's Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey program for its eleventh season!

The Pittsburgh Penguins youth initiative has become the standard for excellence in learn to play. With the help of USA Hockey, Sidney Crosby, DICK'S Sporting Goods, CCM, the National Hockey League and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, approximately 2,000 children will receive FREE head-to-toe hockey equipment. For the second consecutive season, the Little Penguins program will be offered in a Fall session (September-December), a Winter session (January-April), and a Spring session (April-June).

In pursuit of building a stronger community, the program will utilize more than 25 area locations this calendar year, featuring age appropriate instruction based on USA Hockey's ADM model. 

What's included?

Free head-to-toe CCM equipment bearing the NHL brand. Each participant will receive the following new equipment:

  • Hockey helmet with cage
  • Shoulder pads
  • Elbow pads
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Hockey Pants
  • Shin Guards
  • Skates
  • Little Penguins Jersey
  • Socks
  • Stick
  • Equipment Bag

In addition to the equipment provided, we recommend that you purchase a mouth guard and athletic supporter. 

Registration Information 

Online Registration begins on Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 10:00AM.

Registration MUST be completed online -- telephone and on-site registrations will NOT be accepted.

Following the registration period, equipment pickup will take place in Septemeber 2018 at the participant's pre-selected DICK'S Sporting Goods location.

For questions or concerns, please contact us at:

Please Note:

  • Participants must have had their 4th birthday by April 1st, 2018 to be eligible to register. In addition, participants must not have their 10th birthday before December 31st 2018.
  • Children who previously participated in the Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey program, are not eligible to participate in the program again.
  • Children who are currently playing in a mite program, and are USA Hockey registered, are not eligible to participate in the 2017 program.

Please Review The Following Suggestions Prior To Registration On Wednesday, July 18th 2018:

  • Review the list of participating ice arenas and select your location preference
  • Multiple registrations will not be permitted.
  • If registration is sold out at your preferred location, and you are unable to register, you may then try to register at another location.
  • If all preferred locations are sold out after submitting your registration, you will be automatically added to the waiting list for that selected location. In the event an opening becomes available, waiting list registrants will be notified.
  • If your child does NOT know how to skate, we strongly recommend that your child sign up for a "Learn to Skate" class at your local rink.