Registration for the Little Wild Learn to Play program, a new initiative designed to introduce the game of hockey, will open at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 27. The program is open to those who have not already participated in Mite Level hockey programs. Children with any previous hockey league or program experience are not eligible to participate in the program.
The initiative in its first season is a joint effort from the Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Hockey, CCM, Total Hockey along with Wild forward Charlie Coyle, and is designed to introduce the game of ice hockey by overcoming affordability barriers that typically limit involvement at the beginner level in an effort to increase participation in youth hockey and grow the game.
Registration for Little Wild Learn to Play will open May 27 on Wild.com/littlewild on a first-come, first-served basis and is open for children aged five to eight.
The inaugural program will kick off in September. Youth will have the opportunity to participate at one of eight arenas across the State of Hockey, with plans to grow and expand it each year. 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 all while having fun experiencing the game of hockey.
The program will include professional instruction by licensed USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey instructors. Wild forward Charlie Coyle will participate as a guest instructor at select sessions. Each participant will receive co-branded Little Wild and CCM equipment including skates, hockey bags, jerseys, helmets, gloves, pants, pads, socks and sticks. The cost of the program includes all equipment and four hours of on-ice instruction. If not enrolled in the program, the Little Wild equipment will still be available through CCM at Total Hockey locations.