Esso Fun Days are introduction to hockey sessions designed for girls and women of any age who are new to hockey. Including both on- and off-ice instruction, the program aims to create a free, safe and fun environment for new players to learn the basic skills and rules of the game. The goal of the Esso Fun Day program is for girls and women to gain the skills and confidence to register in a hockey program.
Associations around Canada apply to host either a one-day or six-week program .
The Esso Fun Day program has been operational for over 20 years and continues to grow. The 2018-19 season saw over 80 events with more than 2,000 participants nationwide. Esso Fun Days continue to grow in exposure and receive positive feedback from hosts and participants.
Season to season, Hockey Canada supports a limited number of Esso Fun Day programs
SOLD OUT - Due to the overwhelming response to this program, we have surpassed the maximum number of events Hockey Canada can support this season and are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-20 season.
Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.
Hockey Canada and Esso continue to promote women’s hockey recruitment through the Esso Fun Day program.
Esso Fun Day programs are designed to familiarize beginners to hockey with basic skills at no cost to the first-time participant. The focus of the program is to introduce hockey in a fun, positive and welcoming environment.
There are two program options available:
This program consists of:
Funding for the Esso Fun Days is a Hockey Canada subsidy program. The funds are provided back to the minor hockey association following the completion of all six sessions, and the submission of follow-up documents, including the registration and invoices.
Reimbursement amounts (maximum $800):
* For insurance purposes and jersey inventory, all players must be registered on the Hockey Canada online registry, which will be sent to the Esso Fun Day host once the event has been approved by their member branch.
Hosts must be affiliated with a local hockey association in good standing with their Hockey Canada member. Hosts should fill out the online application at least four weeks prior to their proposed event date.
All applications are reviewed and approved by Hockey Canada and the respective member . Please allow for 10 business days for notification of approval.
Hosts are responsible for securing ice time, off-ice venues, on-ice instructors and planning the activities for their program. Hosts may apply for a subsidy to fund their Esso Fun Day program upon completion of the event and submission of follow-up information, including player registrations and invoices.
For a one-day program the reimbursement amounts to a maximum of $400 and covers the following items:
For a six-week program the reimbursement amounts to a maximum of $800 and covers the following items:
Any costs above these items will be the responsibility of the host organization.
Following approval, Hockey Canada will send the host an email outlining the next steps, a program manual and the objectives and expectations of the program.
The host will also receive an online registration link to register all new-to-hockey participants. For insurance purposes, every participant, on-ice volunteer and coach must be entered into the registration system at least ten days before the players get on the ice.
NOTE: The registration link is not for the host to distribute; every participant must be manually entered to keep track of numbers and ensure players are new-to-hockey participants.
The week prior to the event, upon completion of the player registration, the host will be sent an Esso Fun Day host package which includes:
To ensure all programs across the nation have access to jerseys over the season, there is a maximum of 40 jerseys allowed per event. Jerseys are limited to new-to-hockey players only, not currently registered players, on-ice instructors and coaches.
Ten business days prior to the event, the host community must request approximate sizes and number of jerseys by emailing [email protected]. Please provide the best shipping address (no P.O. boxes), phone number and approximate number of jerseys needed.
The host community is responsible to send in the program wrap-up form, along with receipts within 30 days of the first on-ice session. Wrap-up forms can be sent by email to [email protected]
or by mail:
Attn: Grow the Game - Female
201-151 Canada Olympic Road SW
If the host community intends to use photos for web, social media or to send back to Hockey Canada, all parents/guardians must fill out the provided video/photo release form. Photos are not a mandatory requirement of a host. Photos and release forms can be emailed to [email protected].
Identify and recruit volunteers (lead on-ice/off-ice instructors, safety person, registration, etc.). Hockey Canada recommends a coach ratio of 1:5. Refer to the program manual for more details.
What do you need to do?
Program planning: Hosts can access drills and games by utilizing the Hockey Canada Network app or the Drill Hub section of the website. Download the app by searching Hockey Canada Network in the App Store or Google Play Store. Create an account on the app, then head to the Female Hockey section found within Programs for Esso Fun Day essentials.
Hosts can also visit the Timbits U7 Porgram section in the app or at the Drill Hub section of the website at to find more drills for new-to-hockey players in the Timbits U7 section.
Promotional resources: Hosts can print the event poster to promote their Esso Fun Days.