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Sign up for Little Wings youth program

by Alex DiFilippo / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced that registration is now open for the ‘Little Wings’ youth hockey initiative designed to create an affordable way for children between the ages of five and eight to learn how to play hockey and develop a life-long passion for the game. After selling out in its first season, ‘Little Wings’ returns for a second year effectively doubling its size from four to eight rinks in Metro Detroit to match the increased demand for the program.

Every participant will receive four, one-hour sessions of introductory practices at one of eight rinks across the Metro Detroit area in October and a full set of ‘Little Wings’ branded hockey equipment, courtesy of the Red Wings and Perani’s Hockey World.

For the low registration cost of $100, participants will receive and keep all CCM equipment that includes ice skates, a helmet, shoulder pads, gloves, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin guards, hockey socks, a hockey stick, an equipment bag and a ‘Little Wings’ jersey. Four hours of ice time is also included in the registration cost.

Rinks in the below cities will each host ‘Little Wings’ programs this year:

• Dearborn Ice Skating Center (Dearborn) • Plymouth Cultural Center & Ice (Plymouth)
• Farmington Hills Ice Arena (Farmington Hills) • St. Clair Shores Civic Arena (St. Clair Shores)
• Mt. Clemens Ice Arena (Mt. Clemens) • Kennedy Recreation Center (Trenton)
• Novi Ice Arena (Novi) • Troy Sports Center (Troy)


Each session holds up to 50 children, for a total of 400 participants introduced to hockey through the program. In its first season, ‘Little Wings’ introduced more than 200 children to the game of hockey.

‘Little Wings’ is intended for children who have not participated in an organized hockey program. While skating experience is encouraged, it is not required. To participate, children must be between five and eight years old on Oct. 1, 2015.

All participants will be properly fitted for equipment prior to the on-ice sessions during a fitting event at the Perani’s Hockey World in Livonia, Mich., and the equipment will be ready for pick-up at the Perani’s location of your choice before the first practice.

For a video recap of last year’s ‘Little Wings’ initiative, click here. To register or find out more information on the ‘Little Wings’ program, visit DetroitRedWings.com/LittleWings.

About Perani’s Hockey World
Bob Perani’s Hockey World was established in 1976 and is headquartered in Flint, Michigan. Perani’s Hockey World is a specialty sporting goods retailer focused on hockey and lacrosse with 21 locations across the country and three locations in Canada. With strong growth and expansion plans, Perani’s Hockey World looks to bring their family run business to emerging and existing hockey markets and provide a first rate shopping experience that has made them an industry leader. For more information, please visit www.hockeyworld.com.

About The Detroit Red Wings
The Detroit Red Wings hockey club, an Original Six member of the National Hockey League and 11-time Stanley Cup Champion, was purchased by Michael and Marian Ilitch in 1982. Other Ilitch companies in the food, sports and entertainment industries include: Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development of Michigan, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Champion Foods and Uptown Entertainment. Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers. Marian Ilitch owns the MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information, visit www.DetroitRedWings.com.
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