Registration is open now for the winter session of Sidney Crosby's unique Little Penguins "Learn to Play Hockey" program.
Up to 1,500 boys and girls ages 5-9 in Western Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia will receive FREE head-to-toe hockey equipment and learn the fundamentals of the sport at one of 23 participating area rinks. There are three sessions each year - fall, winter and spring.
The program, now in its 12th season, has provided free equipment and lessons to more than 12,000 local youngsters.
"Little Penguins Learn to Play" is presented by the NHL and NHLPA with the support of Crosby, DICK'S Sporting Goods, CCM and USA Hockey.
"This is another tremendous example of Sid's continuing commitment to the kids of our region," said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Penguins. "He is a great leader both on the ice and in the community."
Each participating child will received free CCM hockey equipment, including: skates, hockey helmet (with cage), shoulder pads, elbow pads, hockey gloves, hockey pants, shin guards, socks, Little Penguins jersey, stick and equipment bag. The only fee will be for ice time for 10 "Learn to Play Hockey" sessions.
The Learn to Play program began in Pittsburgh in 2008 and has since become a league-wide initiative for the NHL.
Online registration for Crosby's Little Penguins continues through December 18. More information and registration details are available here.