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Registration open for Red Wings "Little Wings" Learn to Play Hockey

Youth hockey initiative returns for sixth season; designed to provide children ages 5-8 in State of Michigan a way to learn the game of hockey

by Alex DiFilippo /

DETROIT - Start your child's hockey journey by registering for "Little Wings!" The learn-to-play hockey program for children ages 5-8 teaches the basics of hockey and develops a lifelong passion for the game!

For $150, participants will receive six, one-hour sessions of on-ice instruction at participating rinks across the great state of Michigan and a full set of hockey equipment, courtesy of the Red Wings, NHL and NHLPA! Since its establishment in 2014-15, the Little Wings program has graduated nearly 2,000 participants across the state of Michigan and grown from four to 14 participating rinks.

Participants will receive and keep all equipment, including 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! 

All participants will have the opportunity to be properly fitted for equipment prior to the on-ice sessions during a fitting event at Pure Hockey in Troy, Mich., on Jan. 4 and Jan. 5. The 2020 on-ice sessions will start on Saturday, Jan. 25 at participating rink locations. 

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

  • 140 Ice Den (Howell)
  • Mount Clemens Ice Arena
  • Clark Park (Detroit)
  • Novi Ice Arena
  • Dearborn Ice Skating Center (Dearborn)
  • Petoskey Ice Arena
  • East Side Hockey Foundation Ice Arena (Grosse Pointe)
  • Farmington Hills Ice Arena 
  • Jack Adams Memorial Arena (Detroit)
  • LC Walker Arena (Muskegon)
  • Southfield Ice Arena
  • St. Clair Shores Civic Arena
  • Troy Sports Centre
  • Mike Modano Ice Arena (Westland)


Each rink location is co-ed while Mount Clemens Ice Arena will provide an all-girls session along with a co-ed session.

Little Wings is available to first-time participants only. All participants must be able to ice skate unassisted prior to enrolling. For children learning to skate or try hockey for the first time, the Detroit Red Wings and the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association support numerous "Try Hockey for Free" clinics throughout the state of Michigan. USA Hockey's "Try Hockey for Free" Day across the United States is scheduled for November 9, 2019 and February 22, 2020. For more information on "Try Hockey for Free" clinics, click here.

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