OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators (@Senators), in partnership with the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association, announced today the Little Sens Learn to Play program, a new initiative whose goal is to increase participation in ice hockey and create the next generation of hockey fans.This program will be part of the Senators existing Grow the Game efforts in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
As with all of the Senators' Grow the Game initiatives, the aim of Little Sens Learn to Play is to overcome both the real and perceived barriers to entry to the game of hockey and provide the opportunity for children from four-to-eight years old with an affordable, fun and safe way to try hockey, develop new skills and meet new friends. In Ottawa, the goal is offer this program to as many as 800 children this year.
Hosted by the Senators along with the support locally of the Ottawa Senators Foundation, Hockey Eastern Ontario and Hockey Outaouais, Little Sens Learn to Play will offer fall and/or winter sessions across the national capital region at various ice rinks, including the Bell Sensplex and Richcraft Sensplex in Ottawa along with participating minor hockey associations In the region. Additional centres and hockey associations will be added to the program in time for the 2016-17 fall or winter seasons.
Each Little Sens Learn to Play registrant will receive head-to-toe Little Sens branded equipment (including a helmet, skates, stick, back and much more) and 10 weeks of on-ice instruction for $169 or less. For more information or to register, please visit www.ottawasenators.com/littlesens.
In support of the program, members of the Senators alumni, including Chris Phillips, Shaun Van Allen and Todd White will actively participate in the Little Sens Learn to Play program as instructors throughout the year.
The Little Sens Learn to Play fall session kicks off at the Bell Sensplex on Sept. 24, while the first session at the Richcraft Sensplex begins on Oct. 1.
This program will take place in addition to the existing I Love to Skate, I Love to Play Hockey, Equipment for Kids and Sens Rinks initiatives that are currently in place to help grow the game locally.
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