Learn-to-Play Hockey Program

Program Overview

TOP Sports is excited to bring back our Learn-to-Play hockey program for the Fall hockey season. This program is designed for beginner players who want to improve in a fun, engaging environment. Our team of coaches aim to inspire the next generation of hockey players through passion, skill development, and a tremendous experience that leaves every player with a smile on their face.

During each weekly practice session, participants will rotate through a series of zones on the ice, which will be split between “teaching” zones and “mini-game” zones. We believe that maintaining a balance between technical teaching time and less structured game play time will accomplish the two primary goals for participants in the program – to learn the basic skills of hockey and to grow passion for the sport. 

Note: Participants MUST be able to skate around the ice on their own without help to stand up from coaches. 


Saturday September 12 @ 3:30pm-4:30pm 

Saturday September 19 @ 3:30pm-4:30pm

Saturday September 26 **NO PRACTICE**

Saturday October 3 @ 3:30pm-4:30pm

Saturday October 10 @ 3:30pm-4:30pm

Saturday October 17 @ 3:30pm-4:30pm

Saturday October 24 @ 3:30pm-4:30pm

Saturday October 31 @ 3:30pm-4:30pm 

Saturday November 7 @ 1:30pm-2:30pm **time change**

Saturday November 14 @ 3:30pm-4:30pm

Saturday November 21 @ 3:30pm-4:30pm

Elements of the Learn-to-Play Program

  • Skating basics (balance, turns, strides, stops, posture, backwards skating).
  • Puck handling & Shooting (wrist rolling, weight transfer, coordination).
  • Gameplay and "Mini-Game" stations (freeze tag, puck races, tug-a-war).
  • Advanced skills (crossovers, dekes, passing, body positioning).

Equipment Requirements

  • hockey skates (please ensure they are sharpened after buying)
  • shin pads & hockey socks
  • garter or velcro shorts w/ protective cup
  • hockey pants 
  • shoulder pads & elbow pads
  • hockey sweater (one will be provided)
  • hockey gloves
  • helmet with full cage (Must be CSA approved)
  • neck guard (Must be BNQ certified)
  • Hockey stick, cut down to chin height while standing in skates.

If you would like to sign up your child, please click on the link above for the appropriate session and fill out the registration form. The link will take you to the TeamSnap app. If you are already signed up for the app, you should be able to use your existing login information. If not, you will need to create a new account. If you have any difficulties with the app, please let us know and we’re happy to help.

TOP Sports Refund Policy


Location: UCC Arena (Mara Rink)

Time: Saturdays 3:30pm-4:30pm

Dates: Sept. 12th - Nov. 21st (10 practices)

  • Exclusion Dates: Sept. 26th

Ages: 5-10 (Players will be grouped by ability)

Level: All levels are welcome

Cost: $399 + HST

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