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Participant Registration Open for 2021-22 First Shift Program

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 06/15/21, 6:45PM EDT


Introducing new faces to hockey across the province

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 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 $229, which includes enrollment for a six-week, on-ice curriculum and head-to-toe equipment that each child can keep.

The NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families. Families can experience the game at its best — to understand why so many Canadians feel an inherent love for the sport, and to stimulate a desire for continued participation. Any concerns are removed as it relates to equipment requirements, and/or rules of the game, remove potential safety concerns, and most importantly, provide an experience that is memorable and fun.

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.

The complete list of host OMHA Centres is included below. If you are interested in registering, please contact the host Association.

Tavistock September 20, 2021
St. Catharines CYO September 29, 2021
Oshawa NASC September 30, 2021
Oshawa Church Hockey League October 7, 2021
Quinte West October 9, 2021
Prince Edward Country October 13, 2021
Napanee October 15, 2021
Loyalist October 16, 2021
Church Athletic League Of Kingston October 17, 2021
Kingston October 17, 2021
Newmarket October 24, 2021
Bradford West Gwillimbury October 26, 2021
Coldwater October 28, 2021
Erin Hillsburgh November 4, 2021
Ingersoll November 10, 2021
Listowel November 12, 2021
Brampton January 13, 2022
Halton Hills January 15, 2022
Guelph January 13, 2022
Woolwich January 22, 2022
Gananoque January 23, 2022
St. Catharines CYO January 23, 2022
Port Dover January 25, 2022
Erie North Shore January 27, 2022
Belle River January 28, 2022
North Durham January 30, 2022
Essex January 30, 2022
Peterborough March 20, 2022
Whitby March 23, 2022
Simcoe April 3, 2022
South Grey April 3, 2022
Windsor April 9, 2022


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