2022-2023 Learn to Play Hockey

Learn to Play teaches kids (ages 4 and older) basic hockey skills in a fun, safe environment. Players are introduced to the fundamentals of hockey skating before progressing to stick handling, passing and shooting. Participants learn these skills through fun drills and games taught by certified USA Hockey coaches.

Each session is 45 minutes once a week for four weeks. We encourage players to participate in multiple sessions before joining our In-House program that starts in November or January.

No skating experience is necessary. It is common for players who are 4-6 years old to do multiple sessions of Learn to Play before they are ready to enter house league. Players who are ready for house league will be able to perform most of Hockey 1 and 2 skills. If you have questions about which program your player should register for or if your player is ready for house league, please reach out to Grace. Learn to Play coaches will also be available during the weekly practices to answer questions and make recommendations.


Session 1: Tuesdays, September 6-27, 5:45 pm

Session 2: Tuesdays, October 4-25, 5:45 pm

Session 3: Saturdays, November 5, 12, 19, and December 3 (no class Thanksgiving weekend), 8:30 or 9:30 am

Session 4: Saturdays, January 7, 21, 28, and February 4, 8:30 or 9:30 am (FULL)

Session 5: Saturdays, February 11, 18, 25, and March 4, 9:30 am – EQUIPMENT INVENTORY LOW. New registrants – please be prepared to acquire or purchase some of your own equipment. 

Session 6: Monday-Thursday, Spring Break, March 20-23, 5:45 pm

Session 7: Tuesdays, April 4-25, 5:45 pm

Session 8: Tuesdays,  May 2-23, 5:45 pm

Cost and Registration

Cost for each session is $60 per player. The registration fee includes:

  • Three hours of on-ice instruction
  • Hockey jersey for the player to keep (one per person)
  • Rental equipment

A $5 capital improvement fund fee is added to every registration. This fee funds future rink capital projects.

See our Financial Policies for information on registration refunds.

Register online through our DaySmart Recreation System using the button below. You will need to create an account for you and your child and agree to the waiver. Registrations for all Glacier Ice Rink programs are handled through this site.


Rental equipment provided for the session includes a helmet, protective gear (elbow pads, shin guards, shoulder pads and gloves), hockey pants, skates and a stick.

Gear fittings will be scheduled by appointment only! Use this link to schedule your time:

Online Equipment Rental Scheduling

Fittings will take approximately 30 minutes. FAMILIES THAT HAVE MULTIPLE PLAYERS IN THE PROGRAM SHOULD MAKE ONE APPOINTMENT PER PLAYER. If you have multiple children in the program, please make at least TWO appointments to allow adequate time for the gear fittings.

You will need to provide undergarments (socks, underwear, cup and t-shirt), plus sweatpants. Check out this video for information on how to dress your player.


Thank you to our Learn to Play sponsors:

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