SUN OCT 16 at 9:10PM
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VIPERS
3
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ICE SHARKS
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WHALERS
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2
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8
MON OCT 17 at 10:00PM
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KILLER BEES
4
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BLIZZARD
3
YETIS
11
TUE OCT 18 at 10:00PM
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CARDINALS
1
MOOSE
4
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PIRANHAS
8
ROLL-THNDR
5
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DUCKS
4
THUNDER
5
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VIPERS
0
DEVILS
2
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MOOSE
ICE SHARKS
MAP
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SHOOTERS
3
WOLVES
4
SUN OCT 23 at 10:00PM
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KILLER BEES
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BLACKHAWKS
2
MON OCT 24 at 10:00PM
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ROLL-THNDR
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MON OCT 24 at 10:00PM
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YETIS
4
BLIZZARD
0
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THUNDER
4
ROYALS
7
WED OCT 26 at 10:00PM
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WHALERS
3
CARDINALS
10
THU OCT 27 at 10:00PM
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DEVILS
7
PUNISHERS
3
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BLACKHAWKS
5
PIRANHAS
7
SUN OCT 30 at 9:10PM
MOOSE Division.
4
YETIS Division.
1
SUN OCT 30 at 9:20PM
BLIZZARD Division.
1
WHALERS Division.
5
SUN OCT 30 at 10:00PM
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CARDINALS
11
ICE SHARKS
3
TUE NOV 1 at 10:00PM
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ROYALS
8
DUCKS
4
WED NOV 2 at 10:00PM
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PUNISHERS
2
VIPERS
3
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WOLVES
1
DEVILS
5
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3
GATORS
5
SUN NOV 6 at 9:10PM
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ROLL-THNDR
0
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12
SUN NOV 6 at 9:20PM
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VIPERS
2
SHOOTERS
4
SUN NOV 6 at 10:00PM
YETIS Division.
4
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9
MON NOV 7 at 10:00PM
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GATORS
4
BLACKHAWKS
5
MON NOV 7 at 10:00PM
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THUNDER
7
DUCKS
8
TUE NOV 8 at 10:00PM
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WHALERS
3
MOOSE
5
WED NOV 9 at 10:00PM
ICE SHARKS Division.
5
BLIZZARD Division.
0
THU NOV 10 at 10:00PM
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PUNISHERS
0
WOLVES
1
THU NOV 10 at 10:00PM
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ROYALS
3
THUNDER
5
SUN NOV 13 at 9:10PM
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WHALERS
6
ICE SHARKS
9
SUN NOV 13 at 9:20PM
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KILLER BEES
5
PIRANHAS
4
SUN NOV 13 at 10:00PM
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SHOOTERS
2
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5
MON NOV 14 at 10:00PM
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4
ROLL-THNDR
3
MON NOV 14 at 10:00PM
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BLIZZARD
0
YETIS
3
TUE NOV 15 at 10:00PM
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DUCKS
5
ROYALS
11
WED NOV 16 at 10:00PM
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MOOSE
2
CARDINALS
2
THU NOV 17 at 10:00PM
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SHOOTERS
4
PUNISHERS
4
THU NOV 17 at 10:00PM
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VIPERS
6
WOLVES
2
SUN NOV 20 at 9:10PM
DUCKS Division.
7
BLACKHAWKS Division.
2
SUN NOV 20 at 10:00PM
KILLER BEES Division.
7
THUNDER Division.
6
MON NOV 21 at 10:00PM
Division.
ROLL-THNDR
2
PIRANHAS
5
MON NOV 21 at 10:00PM
GATORS Division.
5
ROYALS Division.
8
TUE NOV 22 at 10:00PM
Division.
DEVILS
2
VIPERS
3
MON NOV 28 at 10:00PM
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WOLVES
3
SHOOTERS
10
MON NOV 28 at 10:00PM
Division.
YETIS
4
BLIZZARD
2
TUE NOV 29 at 10:00PM
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CARDINALS
7
WHALERS
0
WED NOV 30 at 10:00PM
Division.
ICE SHARKS
1
MOOSE
4
THU DEC 1 at 10:00PM
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PUNISHERS
4
DEVILS
3
THU DEC 1 at 10:00PM
Division.
KILLER BEES
3
GATORS
3
SUN DEC 4 at 9:10PM
BLIZZARD Division.
0
MOOSE Division.
3
SUN DEC 4 at 9:40PM
WHALERS Division.
10
YETIS Division.
4
SUN DEC 4 at 10:00PM
Division.
ICE SHARKS
0
CARDINALS
6
MON DEC 5 at 10:00PM
BLACKHAWKS Division.
6
THUNDER Division.
7
MON DEC 5 at 10:00PM
Division.
VIPERS
5
PUNISHERS
6
TUE DEC 6 at 10:00PM
PIRANHAS Division.
12
DUCKS Division.
5
WED DEC 7 at 10:00PM
ROLL-THNDR Division.
3
ROYALS Division.
10
THU DEC 8 at 10:00PM
Division.
DEVILS
3
WOLVES
3
THU DEC 8 at 10:00PM
YETIS Division.
5
ICE SHARKS Division.
6
SUN DEC 11 at 9:10PM
Division.
PUNISHERS
4
WOLVES
7
SUN DEC 11 at 9:40PM
CARDINALS Division.
3
BLIZZARD Division.
1
SUN DEC 11 at 10:00PM
Division.
MOOSE
3
WHALERS
1
MON DEC 12 at 10:00PM
Division.
VIPERS
2
SHOOTERS
5
MON DEC 12 at 10:00PM
Division.
BLACKHAWKS
4
KILLER BEES
1
TUE DEC 13 at 10:00PM
GATORS Division.
2
DUCKS Division.
10
WED DEC 14 at 10:00PM
Division.
DEVILS
3
SHOOTERS
4
THU DEC 15 at 10:00PM
THUNDER Division.
10
ROLL-THNDR Division.
5
THU DEC 15 at 10:00PM
ROYALS Division.
9
PIRANHAS Division.
1
SUN DEC 18 at 9:10PM
Division.
WOLVES
4
VIPERS
3
SUN DEC 18 at 9:40PM
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ICE SHARKS
6
WHALERS
5
SUN DEC 18 at 10:00PM
Division.
CARDINALS
4
MOOSE
1
MON DEC 19 at 10:00PM
DUCKS Division.
8
KILLER BEES Division.
1
MON DEC 19 at 10:00PM
Division.
BLIZZARD
0
YETIS
5
TUE DEC 20 at 10:00PM
Division.
PUNISHERS
3
SHOOTERS
6
WED DEC 21 at 10:00PM
Division.
GATORS
6
ROLL-THNDR
6
THU DEC 22 at 10:00PM
ROYALS Division.
8
BLACKHAWKS Division.
4
THU DEC 22 at 10:00PM
PIRANHAS Division.
4
THUNDER Division.
3
MON JAN 2 at 10:00PM
THUNDER Division.
5
GATORS Division.
0
MON JAN 2 at 10:00PM  
KILLER BEES Division.
ROYALS Division.
MAP
TUE JAN 3 at 9:40PM
Division.
PIRANHAS
9
BLACKHAWKS
2
TUE JAN 3 at 10:00PM
ROLL-THNDR Division.
4
DUCKS Division.
9
WED JAN 4 at 10:00PM
Division.
SHOOTERS
3
WOLVES
1
THU JAN 5 at 10:00PM
Division.
VIPERS
5
DEVILS
3
THU JAN 5 at 10:00PM
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YETIS
4
BLIZZARD
2
SUN JAN 8 at 9:10PM
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PUNISHERS
0
DEVILS
2
SUN JAN 8 at 9:40PM
Division.
CARDINALS
8
ICE SHARKS
1
SUN JAN 8 at 10:00PM
Division.
WHALERS
0
MOOSE
7
MON JAN 9 at 10:00PM
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DUCKS
6
THUNDER
5
MON JAN 9 at 10:00PM
Division.
GATORS
3
PIRANHAS
9
TUE JAN 10 at 9:40PM
Division.
KILLER BEES
5
ROLL-THNDR
5
TUE JAN 10 at 10:00PM
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VIPERS
1
SHOOTERS
4
WED JAN 11 at 10:00PM
Division.
WOLVES
7
DEVILS
5
THU JAN 12 at 10:00PM
Division.
ROYALS
5
DUCKS
0
THU JAN 12 at 10:00PM
Division.
BLACKHAWKS
4
GATORS
6
SUN JAN 15 at 9:40PM
Division.
PUNISHERS
0
VIPERS
1
SUN JAN 15 at 10:00PM
Division.
WHALERS
2
CARDINALS
7
MON JAN 16 at 10:00PM
Division.
BLIZZARD
0
YETIS
3
MON JAN 16 at 10:00PM
Division.
ROYALS
2
THUNDER
3
TUE JAN 17 at 9:40PM
Division.
PIRANHAS
3
KILLER BEES
4
TUE JAN 17 at 10:00PM
Division.
MOOSE
10
ICE SHARKS
1
WED JAN 18 at 10:00PM
Division.
ROLL-THNDR
3
BLACKHAWKS
9
THU JAN 19 at 10:00PM
Division.
PUNISHERS
6
WOLVES
3
THU JAN 19 at 10:00PM
Division.
SHOOTERS
6
DEVILS
3
SUN JAN 22 at 9:40PM
BLIZZARD Division.
0
ICE SHARKS Division.
1
SUN JAN 22 at 10:00PM
Division.
MOOSE
2
CARDINALS
6
MON JAN 23 at 10:00PM
YETIS Division.
6
WHALERS Division.
4
MON JAN 23 at 10:00PM
THUNDER Division.
8
KILLER BEES Division.
5
TUE JAN 24 at 9:40PM
ROYALS Division.
10
GATORS Division.
3
TUE JAN 24 at 10:00PM
BLACKHAWKS Division.
1
DUCKS Division.
4
WED JAN 25 at 10:00PM
Division.
VIPERS
2
WOLVES
4
THU JAN 26 at 10:00PM
Division.
PIRANHAS
5
ROLL-THNDR
2
THU JAN 26 at 10:00PM
Division.
SHOOTERS
3
PUNISHERS
2
SUN JAN 29 at 9:40PM
YETIS Division.
3
MOOSE Division.
7
SUN JAN 29 at 10:00PM  
Division.
DEVILS
VIPERS
Waltham Veterans (-)
MON JAN 30 at 10:00PM
Division.
GATORS
3
KILLER BEES
2
MON JAN 30 at 10:00PM
WHALERS Division.
7
BLIZZARD Division.
1
TUE JAN 31 at 9:40PM
Division.
ICE SHARKS
1
CARDINALS
5
TUE JAN 31 at 10:00PM
Division.
BLACKHAWKS
4
PIRANHAS
10
WED FEB 1 at 10:00PM
Division.
DUCKS
0
THUNDER
3
THU FEB 2 at 10:00PM
Division.
SHOOTERS
3
WOLVES
5
THU FEB 2 at 10:00PM
ROLL-THNDR Division.
1
ROYALS Division.
4
SUN FEB 5 at 9:10PM  
KILLER BEES Division.
0
ROYALS Division.
5
SUN FEB 5 at 9:50PM
Division.
WHALERS
0
CARDINALS
9
SUN FEB 5 at 10:00PM
Division.
PUNISHERS
5
DEVILS
7
MON FEB 6 at 10:00PM
Division.
SHOOTERS
VIPERS
Waltham Veterans
MON FEB 6 at 10:00PM
Division.
BLIZZARD
YETIS
MAP
TUE FEB 7 at 9:40PM
BLACKHAWKS Division.
THUNDER Division.
Essex Sports Center
TUE FEB 7 at 10:00PM
Division.
MOOSE
ICE SHARKS
MAP
WED FEB 8 at 10:00PM
Division.
GATORS
ROLL-THNDR
Waltham Veterans
THU FEB 9 at 10:00PM
Division.
PIRANHAS
KILLER BEES
Waltham Veterans
THU FEB 9 at 10:00PM  
Division.
DEVILS
VIPERS
MAP
MON FEB 13 at 10:00PM
Division.
WOLVES
DEVILS
Waltham Veterans
MON FEB 13 at 10:00PM
Division.
YETIS
BLIZZARD
MAP
TUE FEB 14 at 10:00PM
Division.
ROYALS
THUNDER
MAP
WED FEB 15 at 10:00PM
Division.
PUNISHERS
VIPERS
Waltham Veterans
THU FEB 16 at 10:00PM
Division.
MOOSE
CARDINALS
Waltham Veterans
THU FEB 16 at 10:00PM
Division.
ICE SHARKS
WHALERS
MAP
SUN FEB 19 at 9:10PM
Beginner.
BEG SCHOOL
SESSION #1
MAP
SUN FEB 19 at 9:40PM
PIRANHAS Division.
DUCKS Division.
Essex Sports Center
SUN FEB 19 at 10:00PM
Division.
PUNISHERS
WOLVES
Waltham Veterans
MON FEB 20 at 10:00PM
Division.
BLACKHAWKS
GATORS
Waltham Veterans
TUE FEB 21 at 9:40PM
Division.
KILLER BEES
ROLL-THNDR
Essex Sports Center
TUE FEB 21 at 10:00PM
Division.
SHOOTERS
DEVILS
MAP
WED FEB 22 at 10:00PM
ICE SHARKS Division.
YETIS Division.
Waltham Veterans
THU FEB 23 at 10:00PM
CARDINALS Division.
BLIZZARD Division.
Waltham Veterans
THU FEB 23 at 10:00PM
Division.
MOOSE
WHALERS
MAP
SUN FEB 26 at 9:10PM
Beginner.
BEG SCHOOL
SESSION #2
MAP
SUN FEB 26 at 9:40PM
Division.
VIPERS
WOLVES
Essex Sports Center
SUN FEB 26 at 10:00PM
Division.
SHOOTERS
PUNISHERS
Waltham Veterans
MON FEB 27 at 10:00PM
GATORS Division.
DUCKS Division.
Waltham Veterans
MON FEB 27 at 10:00PM
KILLER BEES Division.
ROYALS Division.
MAP
TUE FEB 28 at 9:40PM
PIRANHAS Division.
THUNDER Division.
Essex Sports Center
TUE FEB 28 at 10:00PM
Division.
YETIS
BLIZZARD
MAP
WED MAR 1 at 10:00PM
Division.
BLACKHAWKS
ROLL-THNDR
Waltham Veterans
THU MAR 2 at 10:00PM
Division.
DEVILS
VIPERS
Waltham Veterans
THU MAR 2 at 10:00PM
Division.
ICE SHARKS
CARDINALS
MAP
SUN MAR 5 at 9:10PM
Beginner.
BEG SCHOOL
SESSION #3
MAP
SUN MAR 5 at 9:40PM
Division.
MOOSE
WHALERS
Essex Sports Center
SUN MAR 5 at 10:00PM
Division.
GATORS
PIRANHAS
Waltham Veterans
MON MAR 6 at 10:00PM
THUNDER Division.
ROLL-THNDR Division.
Waltham Veterans
MON MAR 6 at 10:00PM
Division.
DUCKS
ROYALS
MAP
TUE MAR 7 at 9:40PM
Division.
WOLVES
SHOOTERS
Essex Sports Center
TUE MAR 7 at 10:00PM
Division.
BLACKHAWKS
KILLER BEES
MAP
WED MAR 8 at 10:00PM
YETIS Division.
CARDINALS Division.
Waltham Veterans
THU MAR 9 at 10:00PM
Division.
DEVILS
PUNISHERS
Waltham Veterans
THU MAR 9 at 10:00PM
BLIZZARD Division.
MOOSE Division.
MAP
SUN MAR 12 at 9:10PM
Beginner.
BEG SCHOOL
SESSION #4
MAP
SUN MAR 12 at 9:40PM
Division.
SHOOTERS
VIPERS
Essex Sports Center
SUN MAR 12 at 10:00PM
Division.
WHALERS
ICE SHARKS
Waltham Veterans
MON MAR 13 at 10:00PM
Division.
GATORS
KILLER BEES
Waltham Veterans
MON MAR 13 at 10:00PM
ROYALS Division.
BLACKHAWKS Division.
MAP
TUE MAR 14 at 9:40PM
Division.
WOLVES
DEVILS
Essex Sports Center
TUE MAR 14 at 10:00PM
Division.
PIRANHAS
ROLL-THNDR
MAP
WED MAR 15 at 10:00PM
Division.
CARDINALS
WHALERS
Waltham Veterans
THU MAR 16 at 10:00PM
Division.
DUCKS
THUNDER
Waltham Veterans
THU MAR 16 at 10:00PM
Division.
ICE SHARKS
MOOSE
MAP
SUN MAR 19 at 9:10PM
Beginner.
BEG SCHOOL
SESSION #5
MAP
SUN MAR 19 at 9:40PM
Division.
DEVILS
SHOOTERS
Essex Sports Center
SUN MAR 19 at 10:00PM
Division.
VIPERS
PUNISHERS
Waltham Veterans
MON MAR 20 at 10:00PM
DUCKS Division.
KILLER BEES Division.
Waltham Veterans
MON MAR 20 at 10:00PM
Division.
YETIS
BLIZZARD
MAP
TUE MAR 21 at 9:40PM
ROYALS Division.
PIRANHAS Division.
Essex Sports Center
TUE MAR 21 at 10:00PM
THUNDER Division.
GATORS Division.
MAP
WED MAR 22 at 10:00PM
Division.
BLACKHAWKS
ROLL-THNDR
Waltham Veterans
THU MAR 23 at 10:00PM
Division.
WOLVES
PUNISHERS
Waltham Veterans
THU MAR 23 at 10:00PM
Division.
CARDINALS
MOOSE
MAP
SUN MAR 26 at 9:10PM
Beginner.
BEG SCHOOL
SESSION #6
MAP
SUN MAR 26 at 9:40PM
Division.
WHALERS
ICE SHARKS
Essex Sports Center
SUN MAR 26 at 10:00PM
C3 2 SEED
C3 3 SEED
Waltham Veterans
MON MAR 27 at 10:00PM
ROLL-THNDR Division.
DUCKS Division.
Waltham Veterans
MON MAR 27 at 10:00PM
Division.
BLIZZARD
YETIS
MAP
TUE MAR 28 at 9:40PM
Division.
GATORS
BLACKHAWKS
Essex Sports Center
TUE MAR 28 at 10:00PM
Division.
THUNDER
ROYALS
MAP
WED MAR 29 at 10:00PM
Division.
KILLER BEES
PIRANHAS
Waltham Veterans
THU MAR 30 at 10:00PM
C3 1 SEED
WP1
Waltham Veterans
THU MAR 30 at 10:00PM
TBA
TBA
MAP
Boston
2022-23 Boston Beginner Program

The Original “Adult Beginner Hockey School”

For Winter 22-23, the Beginner / Instructional program will begin February 19th, 2023. The program consists of 8 90 minute instructional sessions, and then 8 games. Have any questions? Feel Free to Contact Program Manager Alan Rakvin at alanrakvin@comcast.net
 
The on-ice program will take place on Sundays @ 9:10 PM at the Wilmington Arena. 

The initial (off-ice) meeting will take place on February 7th, 7:30 PM at the Wilmington Arena.


1980 Team USA Hero Mike Eruzione Leads a Detroit Class in 2000.


~ One of the things we always hear from the School participants is... "I've thought about this for years and finally decided to do it. Now that I've done it, I love it. I wish I hadn't waited." ~
 
Mobile Phone Number
Names of Any Friends Joining
 Ready to Join? Make your $25 deposit using the button above
Winter 22-23 Instructional Program Fees are as follows:
$25 Deposit - reserves a place for you on a team roster. Be sure to let us know of any friends that want to play.

Payment 2 - $205.00. This will be due at the initial beginner meeting, which is an off-ice meeting where you hear about the program, meet your teammates & meet members of the League staff.

Payment 3 - $205.00. Paid 30 days later, for a total of $435.00. The playing fee includes 16 ice sessions, instructor(s), referees, scorekeepers, and ice times.

Organizational meeting:
February 7th, 7:30 PM at the Wilmington Arena

On Ice Program will begin February 19th
Skating Sundays 9:10 PM at Wilmington Arena
What's not included - protective equipment, school jersey & your formal team jersey. At the organizational meeting we will let you know the team name, uniform, and colors. You'll also order your jersey & pick a jersey number at the meeting. You'll love it! The jerseys are very nice and you'll love wearing the pro-calibre jersey with pride.

Started back in 1980, the then "National Novice Hockey League," or NNHL, took a group of adults who had never really skated before, and started the very first school for the adult beginner.
 
Fast forward 43 years, and you’ve got Hockey North America– the hockey league that has taught tens of thousands of people to play hockey and to this day, continues to innovate with features and service in the adult hockey market that are now the most widely copied concepts in arena & league management today.

But back then, ice hockey was far from popular. Fighting was commonplace, as was brutal body checking. And Heaven help you if you were an adult that wanted to learn to play.

 In a way, taking the ice for the first time against accomplished adults redefined the “school of hard knocks.”  Forget that.


What we found as the keys to success were:

1.     Provide a learning environment for the adult player and never criticize the student that mustered the courage to finally come out and play. In HNA you can never be too inexperienced.

2.     Keep the playing environment a safe one, understanding that there’s a huge difference in paying to play– and being paid to play.

We might be crushing a few dreams, but to date no one in 43 years of HNA hockey has ever “turned pro” at any level of competitive hockey. So we’ll take away the mystery now. Don’t make any plans on quitting your job to go play hockey for a living.

3.     Make it fun and make it interesting. Otherwise, what’s the point? This is your hobby, your recreation and your distraction from everyday life. It’s our job to have you thinking about the game, tempting you with cool hockey vacations, dressing you up in pro style uniforms, and dangling in front of you the ultimate carrot – a Championship weekend against the other HNA cities.

4.
     And finally, manage the program professionally. We’ve played in way too many leagues where the guy running the program skated all the best times, had all the best players, and won the league every year (we LOVE people like that, makes our job so much easier).

Instead, our focus isn’t winning a hockey game, it’s more about creating an environment where no one knows ahead of time who’s going to win. To us, the program operators, not knowing who's going to win and watching as the season plays itself out is what makes the league so much fun, but also interesting and challenging to continue to provide that type of playing environment season after season to the League's members.
 

Signing Up for The HNA Beginner Program

So you’re ready to sign up and learn to play the great sport of ice hockey.
 Now What?
 
  The first thing is to understand is that hockey is not an inexpensive sport, and getting less so every year. Especially your very first year, since you’re buying all new gear and learning to skate, you need to know that you’ll be spending some money (don’t worry, the stuff you’re getting will last a very long time, as long as you take care of it). Once you get started and stay on the same team, it’s just league fees.

Second, is to give the HNA League Office a call at 800-4-HOCKEY (800-446-2539) and sign up to play. A small $25 deposit holds a roster spot for you for the next school session.

 Third, start looking around for equipment to buy. Hockey equipment is just like anything else. You can spend a lot of money if you want to, but you can also get nice gear without paying top dollar if you know where to look and that you understand what actually constitutes nice gear.

Fourth, start watching hockey from a completely new perspective – you’re a player now. When you watch a game, now you’re looking at exactly where people are positioned, when they shoot and when they pass, understanding the rules, watching what officials call – or don’t call.


The Equipment Checklist is available in the downloads area


   Believe it or not, video hockey games are excellent for learning the basics – position, passing, playmaking, rules. You’ll have enough of a challenge learning to skate, so the more you know going into your first session, the easier school will be.

 Fifth, watch the HNA web site for information on your program and other interesting information about the League and items specific to beginner hockey.

 Sixth, when you get your email notice, be sure you attend the organizational meeting for the beginner program. This meeting is important to attend. You’ll meet your teammates, get your school schedule, find out your team name and colors, meet members of local administration, and have all your questions about hockey and the League answered. We’ll also have you fill out some forms and pay some money as well – it’s all part of becoming a hockey player.

 Seventh, take what you learn in the school and practice. Either use inline skates or head out to a public skating session to start building those leg muscles and gaining your balance. Think just standing up on skates is tricky? Soon you’ll be doing full-fledged hockey stops, skating backwards and actually doing more with your stick than just holding yourself up. Part of the process of getting to that point, however, is practicing outside of the hockey school. Ice hockey is a true skill sport, and the more you practice the faster you'll get the hang of it.

 And finally, when the times comes, elect a captain that does more than put the puck in the net. Recreational hockey really isn’t about the bravado of who can score more goals. It’s getting a group of people together as a team, and having them understand each other and stay organized enough to get things done both on, and off, the ice. A good recreational captain is one that is available by phone during the day, has an email address that is checked fairly regularly, and understands the role the captain plays is as a conduit for information between the team and the League.  No question a captain needs to be a leader on the ice, but the team is made or broken, off the ice.

       

 

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