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Participant Registration Open for 2023-24 First Shift Program

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 06/01/23, 1:30PM 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 $299, 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.

Markham Waxers September 8, 2023 CLICK HERE
St. Catharines CYO (Fall) September 10, 2023 CLICK HERE
St. Catharines CYO (Winter) September 10, 2023 CLICK HERE
Milton October 11, 2023 CLICK HERE
Oshawa NASC October 12, 2023 CLICK HERE
Brampton October 15, 2023 CLICK HERE
Northumberland October 21, 2023 CLICK HERE
Quinte West October 22, 2023 CLICK HERE
Halton Hills October 25, 2023 CLICK HERE
Kingston Area October 25, 2023 CLICK HERE
Church Athletic League of Kingston October 26, 2023 CLICK HERE
Tavistock October 28, 2023 CLICK HERE
Belle River November 3, 2023 CLICK HERE
Essex November 4, 2023 CLICK HERE
Wainfleet November 9, 2023 CLICK HERE
Central Perth (Girls only) November 15, 2023 CLICK HERE
Listowel November 16, 2023 CLICK HERE
Grand Valley November 18, 2023 CLICK HERE
Orangeville November 19, 2023 CLICK HERE
Bradford November 24, 2023 CLICK HERE
Guelph January 5, 2024 CLICK HERE
Oshawa Community Hockey League January 6, 2024 CLICK HERE
Markham Waxers January 12, 2024 CLICK HERE
TNT (Alliston) January 14, 2024 CLICK HERE
Coldwater January 18, 2024 CLICK HERE
South Muskoka January 20, 2024 CLICK HERE
Glanbrook January 27, 2024 CLICK HERE
Newmarket February 3, 2024 CLICK HERE
Thorold February 4, 2024 CLICK HERE
Port Dover February 6, 2024 CLICK HERE
Whitby February 6, 2024 CLICK HERE
St. Thomas February 7, 2024 CLICK HERE
North Durham February 8, 2024 CLICK HERE
Erie North Shore February 9, 2024 CLICK HERE
Windsor February 10, 2024 CLICK HERE
Belleville February 12, 2024 CLICK HERE
Woolwich February 12, 2024 CLICK HERE
Lindsay February 17, 2024 CLICK HERE
Ayr March 27, 2024 CLICK HERE


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