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First Step Hockey, led by Head Coaches Paul Melanson and Pete Burke, is a beginner program available to all players ages 4 and older to introduce them to ice skating in preparation for their journey to hockey!  Players will work on their skating skills while developing their interest in hockey through fun and games.  The purpose of this program is to develop on-ice familiarity, coordination, and strength.  No skating experience necessary (skating aids will be allowed).  This program is open to boys and girls from any local area town.

The program will run simultaneously with our Hockey Stars program.  Players will advance to Hockey Stars when they have demonstrated basic skating ability (timing will vary by player and will be at the full discretion of the First Step Hockey and Hockey Stars coaches).

Required equipment – Hockey Skates, Helmet (with face mask highly recommended), Gloves.  Hockey stick and full equipment (elbow pads, shin/knee guards, pants) recommended.

Equipment starter packages and equipment discounts available at Vincent Sports Shop

All sessions are held on Saturday mornings from 8:00AM - 8:50AM at International Skating Center of CT

2020-21 Schedule

Session 1 September 12th - October 3rd $75
Session 2*** October 17th - December 19th $145
Session 3 - NEW! February 13th - March 20th $100


*** Participants registered in session 2 will continue through Saturday, February 6th to make up for missed sessions during the state mandated shut down of youth sports

For more information on the First Step Hockey program, contact Doug Winkler Mite Development Director

All players must be registered with USA Hockey for the 2019-20 season in order to participate (no fee for players age 6 and younger).  

Click HERE to register today!