The Minnesota Wild, Minnesota Hockey, CCM, Total Hockey along with Wild forward Charlie Coyle announce the Little Wild Learn to Play program, a new initiative aimed as a low-cost introduction to hockey for youth between the ages of five to eight years old, who have not already participated in Mite Level hockey programs. Registration for Little Wild Learn to Play begins on a first-come, first-served basis on May 27 on Wild.com.
The goals of Little Wild Learn to Play include helping to overcome a key barrier to participation – cost of equipment, as well as growing registration for the Mite/8 and Under age group within Minnesota Hockey. In its first year, Little Wild will serve 500 youth in eight arenas throughout the State of Hockey – five in the metro, as well as one each in Duluth, Mankato and St. Cloud.
“The Wild is thrilled to partner with Minnesota Hockey, CCM and Total Hockey for the Little Wild Learn to Play program,” Minnesota Wild COO Matt Majka said. “Having more kids introduced to hockey at a young age will go a long way into our goal of creating a greater State of Hockey.”
The program will include professional instruction, including licensed USA Hockey and Minnesota Hockey instructors, and the Wild’s Charlie Coyle. There will also be co-branded Wild and CCM equipment including skates, hockey bags, jerseys, helmets, gloves, pants, pads, socks and sticks. The cost of the program is $100 and includes all equipment and four hours of on-ice instruction. If not enrolled in the program, the Little Wild equipment will still be available through CCM and Total Hockey for $200. Children with any previous hockey league/program experience are not eligible to participate in the program.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Learn to Play program,” Coyle said. “This is an age group that is essential to growing the game of hockey at the grassroots level. This program will help kids start – and continue – to play hockey.”
“Minnesota Hockey is very much looking forward to the first-ever Little Wild Learn to Play program,” said Glen Andresen, Executive Director of Minnesota Hockey. “This program m will go a long way in our efforts to attract more families around the state, who want to give the great game of hockey a try at an extremely low cost. This will have a huge impact on growing the game and supporting our local community-based associations. We are so thankful for the support of the Minnesota Wild, CCM, Total Hockey and Charlie Coyle.”
“We're excited to partner with the Wild, Minnesota Hockey and Total Hockey on this outstanding program,” said Reebok-CCM Hockey trade marketing executive Bob Fallen. "We're involved in ‘Little NHL’ programs in other U.S. cities which have enjoyed great success in welcoming families to the sport of ice hockey. Seeing these young players take to the ice for the first time in our gear is a real thrill.”
“No sport can match the benefits that hockey provides our youth in terms of fitness, character, discipline and teamwork. We appreciate the opportunity to give back to our local Minnesota communities by providing wider access to this great game,” said Michael Benoit, President and CEO of Total Hockey.
Little Wild Learn to Play Locations and Times
|Duluth||heritage center||Sunday||9/7, 9/14, 9/21, 9/28||4:30 pm|
|eagan||eagan civic center||Monday||9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29||6:45 pm|
|mankato||all seasons center||wednesday||9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1||5:30 pm|
|plymouth||plymouth ice center||wednesday||9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1||6:00 pm|
|prior lake||dakotah arena||wednesday||9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1||6:20 pm|
|st. cloud||mac||thursday||9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/2||5:45 pm|
|st. paul||highland arena||wednesday||9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1||5:40 pm|
|woodbury||bielenberg sports center||wednesday||9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1||5:55 pm|
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