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Participant Registration Open for 2024-25 First Shift Program

By Ontario Minor Hockey Association, 06/03/24, 1:00PM 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.

St. Catharines Winter 2025 CLICK HERE
Markham September 6, 2024 CLICK HERE
St. Catharines September 14, 2024 CLICK HERE
Milton October 16, 2024 CLICK HERE
Brampton October 17, 2024 CLICK HERE
Oshawa October 23, 2024 CLICK HERE
Halton Hills October 24, 2024 CLICK HERE
Tavistock October 25, 2024 CLICK HERE
Bradford October 29, 2024 CLICK HERE
Northumberland October 30, 2024 CLICK HERE
Belleville November 2, 2024 CLICK HERE
Coldwater November 2, 2024 CLICK HERE
Quinte West November 3, 2024 CLICK HERE
Prince Edward County November 4, 2024 CLICK HERE
Church Athletic League of Kingston November 6, 2024 CLICK HERE
Kingston Area November 6, 2024 CLICK HERE
East Gwillimbury November 9, 2024 CLICK HERE
New Tecumseth November 10, 2024 CLICK HERE
Essex November 18, 2024 CLICK HERE
Wainfleet November 18, 2024 CLICK HERE
Windsor November 21, 2024 CLICK HERE
Erie North Shore November 22, 2024 CLICK HERE
Grand Valley November 23, 2024 CLICK HERE
Markham January 10, 2025 CLICK HERE
Richmond Hill January 13, 2025 CLICK HERE
South Muskoka January 15, 2025 CLICK HERE
Brampton January 17, 2025 CLICK HERE
Dundas January 24, 2025 CLICK HERE
Glanbrook January 27, 2025 CLICK HERE
Thorold January 31, 2025 CLICK HERE
Guelph February 2, 2025 CLICK HERE
Frontenac February 2, 2025 CLICK HERE
Woolwich February 3, 2025 CLICK HERE
Ayr February 5, 2025 CLICK HERE
Belle River February 8, 2025 CLICK HERE
Whitby February 11, 2025 CLICK HERE
Newmarket March 5, 2025 CLICK HERE


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