The Minnesota Wild and partners Minnesota Hockey, CCM and Total Hockey announced today that registration for the 2016 Little Wild Learn-to-Play program, presented by Hy-Vee, will open at 10 a.m. (CT) on Tuesday, May 10 at www.wild.com/littlewild. Six new locations have been added for 2016 bringing the total this year to 16 participating communities across the State of Hockey.
The initiative is designed to introduce the game of ice hockey at the beginner level by offering a low-cost, low-commitment opportunity in an effort to increase participation in youth hockey and grow the game.
“This past season, we saw a massive spike in our 8 & Under registration numbers, with more than 17,600 players in that age group joining teams across Minnesota,” said Minnesota Hockey Executive Director Glen Andresen. “There is no doubt that this record-setting number is due in large part to the Little Wild Learn-to-Play program. We are so excited to see this program come back for a third year thanks to all of the partners involved, and we can’t wait to see just how big the impact will be.”
The Little Wild program will begin in September, when up to 960 youth will have the opportunity to take part. Each participant will be outfitted with gear from head-to-toe and receive four hours of professional on-ice instruction for $100. The program will also promote the importance of regular exercise, team work, and developing leadership skills while having fun experiencing the game of hockey.
“We are thrilled the Little Wild Learn-to-Play Program has been so well received,” said Minnesota Wild Chief Operating Officer Matt Majka. “It’s our mission to create a greater State of Hockey, and together with our valued partners, we are excited to be able to share the game we love with even more children and families across Minnesota.”
Registration for Little Wild Learn-to-Play will begin at 10 a.m. (CT) on Tuesday, May 10 on www.wild.com/littlewild
on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible for Little Wild 2016, children must be born between December 31, 2006 and September 1, 2011. The program is open only to those who have not already participated in an organized youth hockey team or association. Completion of a learn-to-skate program is suggested in advance of Little Wild participation. Children with any previous hockey league or program experience (including previous Little Wild enrollment) are not eligible to participate in the program.
The program at each location will be led by licensed USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey instructors. Each participant will receive co-branded Little Wild and CCM equipment including skates, a hockey bag, jersey, helmet, gloves, pants, protective pads, hockey socks and a stick. The cost of the program includes all equipment and four hours of on-ice instruction. If not enrolled in the program,
Little Wild equipment will still be available for purchase (youth sizes only) through CCM at local Total Hockey locations while supplies last.
2016 Little Wild Learn to Play Locations and Times
*New 2016 Location
|Location (Rink) ||Day ||Dates ||Time |
|Bemidji (Bemidji Community Arena) ||Sun ||9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2 ||1:15-2:15 p.m. |
|Bloomington (Bloomington Ice Garden) ||Wed ||9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 ||6:15-7:15 p.m. |
|Coon Rapids (Coon Rapids Ice Center) ||Wed ||9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 ||5:30-6:30 p.m. |
|Duluth (Heritage Sports Center) ||Sun ||9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2 ||3:00-4:00 p.m. |
|Eden Prairie (Eden Prairie Community Center)* ||Wed ||9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 ||6:15-7:15 p.m. |
|Forest Lake (Forest Lake Sports Center)* ||Mon ||9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3 ||5:30-6:30 p.m. |
|Lakeville (Ames Arena) ||Tue ||9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 ||5:30-6:30 p.m. |
|Minneapolis (Parade Ice Garden)* ||Sun ||9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2 ||1:00-2:00 p.m. |
|Moorhead (Moorhead Ice Arena)* ||Tue ||9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 ||5:30-6:30 p.m. |
|Plymouth (Plymouth Ice Center) ||Wed ||9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 ||6:00-7:00 p.m. |
|Rochester (Graham Arena) ||Thu ||9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29 ||6:30-7:30 p.m. |
|Rosemount (Rosemount Community Center)* ||Tue ||9/6, 9/13, 9/20, 9/27 ||6:15-7:15 p.m. |
|St. Cloud (Municipal Athletic Complex) ||Thu ||9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29 ||5:45-6:45 p.m. |
|White Bear Lake (Vadnais Sports Center)* ||Thu ||9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29 ||5:30-6:30 p.m. |
|Woodbury (Bielenberg Sports Center) ||Wed ||9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28 ||6:00-7:00 p.m. |