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Learn to Skate & Learn to Play

The Registration "Learn to Skate & Learn to Play" is not currently available.

Please note, you'll need to complete both registrations above if you'd like your child to attend both sessions 2 and 3.  Information for the 2023/2024 schedule are available in this flyer.

The Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs consist of three-nine week sessions from early September through the end of March. They are hosted at Hetland Arena in New Bedford on Sunday mornings.

Learn to Skate

Required equipment for those participating in Learn to Skate includes:

  • Hockey skates
  • Helmet with cage
  • Hockey gloves
children in hockey equipment lined up on the ice

Learn to Play

Children participating in Learn to Play are required to be in full gear.  This includes:

  •  Hockey skates
  • Helmet with cage
  • Chest protector
  • Elbow pads
  • Shin guards
  • Hockey pants
  • Hockey gloves
  • Hockey stick

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age requirement?

Our Learn to Skate and Learn to Play programs are open to children who are aged 3 to 12 at the start of the session.

When is the sign-up cut off?

Program registration is closed when the individual session is full - so sign up early!

Is this geared towards hockey or figure skating?

These programs are meant to get children ready for the Panthers youth hockey program, so they are geared towards hockey skaters.

My child has some skating experience. Which one should I sign them up for?

We recommend signing them up for Learn to Skate.  If they're too experienced for Learn to Skate, we can have them moved up to Learn to Play.

Hockey is expensive. How can I off set the cost?

Good question.  While we don't offer rentals (skates or otherwise) we do recommend that you check out sporting goods stores that offer consignment gear.

New to Hockey?

Are you and your family new to hockey?  A local sporting goods store can  ensure your child's equipment properly fits them, and may offer consignment items.  Local stores that can help you are: