Opportunities are now available for OMHA Centres to apply to host the First Shift program during the 2022-23 season. A unique introductory program created by Hockey Canada to get more families introduced to hockey, the NHL/NHLPA First Shift provides boys and girls ages 6-10 an opportunity to easily try hockey for $229, which includes a six-week on-ice trial, expertly fitted head-to-toe equipment, and in-depth parent education.
Following the six-week on-ice sessions, participants have the option of improving their skills via the local hockey association-managed Transition Program or in some communities, the local hockey association can place NHL/NHLPA First Shift graduates on to a minor hockey team.
The 2022-23 season will mark the ninth year of the program, which has seen more than 1,100 programs executed, resulting in more than 37,500 girls and boys across the country trying hockey for the first time. Local hockey associations are encouraged to review the application criteria and submit an online application if they wish to be selected as a host community.
The registration fee for each participant includes:
Hockey Canada support:
The First Shift is a flexible program offering to suit your Association's and community needs:
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