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With the eighth season kicking off in St. Catharines, Ont., here’s a fact-and-figures look at the NHL/NHLPA First Shift program since it began in 2014.
Mark Messier joined new players and their parents on the ice in Quebec City as part of The First Shift, a Hockey Canada and Bauer Hockey ini...
Hockey Canada’s CEO stopped into the Southland Leisure Centre to visit with parents and players taking part in the First Shift program.
Hockey Canada is helping break down the barriers to hockey across Canada, introducing the First Shift program to get new players on the ice ...

Learn more about the NHL/NHLPA First Shift Program

The NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families. We want families to experience the game at its best — to understand why so many Canadians feel an inherent love for the sport, and to stimulate a desire for continued participation. We want to take away any intimidation as it relates to equipment requirements, and/or rules of the game, remove potential safety concerns, and most importantly, provide an experience that is memorable and fun.

Goal of the First Shift Program

Hockey Canada believes in all hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities. We designed the NHL/NHLPA FIRST SHIFT program to facilitate entry into hockey by offering a program that is ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, SAFE, and most importantly, FUN! We cannot wait to help your kids fall in love with hockey.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the NHL/NHLPA First Shift Program

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