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Participant Registration for The First Shift Program now Open

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 07/08/19, 12:00PM EDT


Introducing New Faces to Hockey

Thousands of children across Ontario will have the chance to fall in love with hockey this season thanks to the First Shift program. A number of programs will be held across OMHA centres over the fall and winter in the upcoming season.

First introduced in 2014 as a pilot project, the First Shift program is a learn-to-play hockey program designed for kids aged 6-10 who are new to the game. To-date, more than 15,500 Canadian boys and girls have been introduced to Canada’s game through the First Shift, with many programs filling up on the first day of registration.

With an emphasis on fun, the First Shift allows participants to easily try hockey for $199, which includes enrollment for a six-week, on-ice curriculum and head-to-toe Bauer Hockey equipment that each child can keep.

Playing hockey allows kids to learn teamwork and leadership skills, inspire hard work and dedication and the experience of being involved in a community. The core values and lessons taught help to develop good citizens and healthy athletes.

The First Shift covers a vast area of routines, games and activities that will be beneficial to the participant’s enjoyment of the program and experience as a hockey player. All drills are run in small groups and focus on a variety of skills throughout each session.

A number of OMHA Centres, from St. Catharines to Belle River to Owen Sound to Loyalist, are hosting programs this season. The complete list of host OMHA Centres is included below.

Fall Programs

Location Date
Milton September 18th
Oshawa NASC September 19th
St. Catharines CYO September 21st
Port Colborne September 22nd
Belle River September 24th
Owen Sound September 25th
Kincardine September 26th
Essex September 27th
Georgina September 28th
Newmarket September 29th
Halton Hills October 2nd
Brantford October 3rd
Port Credit October 5th
Guelph October 9th
Manvers October 9th
Whitby October 10th
Tavistock October 15th
Northumberland October 16th
Brampton October 17th
Quinte West October 18th
Loyalist October 19th
Belleville October 20th
Gananoque October 25th
Whitchurch-Stouffville October 25th
Delhi October 27th
Bradford West Gwillimbury October 29th

Winter Programs

Location Date
Simcoe January 13th
Brantford January 14th
St. Catharines CYO January 16th
Guelph January 17th
Woolwich January 20th
Brampton January 25th
Halton Hills January 28th
Milton January 29th
Whitby February 1st
North Durham February 12th

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