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Participant Registration Open for 2022-23 First Shift Program

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 06/01/22, 1:45PM 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.

Belle River October 25, 2022 CLICK HERE
Belleville October 19, 2022 CLICK HERE
Bradford November 10, 2022 CLICK HERE
Brampton October 30, 2022 CLICK HERE
Church Athletic League of Kingston October 22, 2022 CLICK HERE
Coldwater February 7, 2023 CLICK HERE
Essex October 21, 2022 CLICK HERE
Guelph January 26, 2023 CLICK HERE
Halton Hills January 29, 2023 CLICK HERE
Ingersoll October 19, 2022 CLICK HERE
Kingston February 6, 2023 CLICK HERE
Manvers November 8, 2022 CLICK HERE
Milton October 18, 2022 CLICK HERE
North Durham February 14, 2023 CLICK HERE
Northumberland October 15, 2022 CLICK HERE
Oshawa Church Hockey League November 6, 2022 CLICK HERE
Oshawa NASC October 13, 2022 CLICK HERE
Quinte West October 16, 2022 CLICK HERE
South Grey January 30, 2023 CLICK HERE
South Muskoka January 12, 2023 CLICK HERE
St. Catharines CYO October 28, 2022, January 9, 2023 CLICK HERE
Tavistock October 12, 2022 CLICK HERE
TNT February 1, 2023 CLICK HERE
Welland November 14, 2022 CLICK HERE
Whitby February 12, 2023 CLICK HERE
Windsor October 23, 2022 CLICK HERE
Woolwich January 25, 2023 CLICK HERE


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