If you have an aspiring Martin Brodeur at home, he can soon have his chance to rub elbows with the pros this winter. The NHL’s Learn to Play Program is coming to NJ this winter, offering lessons from national coaches and New Jersey Devils vets to first-time youth players.
Starting January 10, girls and boys ages 5-9 can hit the rink and get one-on-one help from USA Hockey coaches and NJD alum alike, including Bruce Driver, Colin White and Grant Marshall. Kids will learn passing, stick handling, teamwork and other skills that’ll help them in the game and beyond.
The program started four years ago and has skated its way through a handful of NJ towns. This year, you can register for lessons at the following locations:
- Van Saun Park, Paramus (waitlist): January 10, 17, 24 and 31; February 7, 14 and 21
- Aspen Ice, Randolph: January 11, 18 and 25; February 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29
- Warinanco Ice Skating Center, Roselle: January 26; February 2, 9, 16 and 23; March 1, 8 and 15
- Clary Anderson Arena, Montclair: March 21 and 28; April 4, 11, 18 and 25; May 2 and 9
- RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House, Newark: April 5, 7, 19 and 26; May 3, 10, 17 and 19
- All Girls Learn to Play @ RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House, Newark (girls only): April 5, 7, 19 and 26, May 3, 10, 17 and 19
The program is especially for first-timers, but participants should at least have a skating lesson under their belts before attending (basically, they should know how to ice skate). Lessons are from 7-7:50 pm and cost $200. The fee includes a helmet, shoulder and elbow pads, gloves, pants, shin guards, skates, socks, a jersey, hockey stick and gear bag. Advance online registration is required.