Learn to Play Hockey Vancouver

Beginner Vancouver Ice Hockey Class

Classes Begin January 15 for Learn to Play
All classes are for adults exceptions may be made for minor players, please email us for details. Classes will be 1.25 hour in length. We will provide two refs for the scrimmages.


WINTER 2023 Learn To Play (DARK Team)
DATE DAY LOCATION TIME SESSION TEAM
January 8, 2023 SUNDAY ONLINE 11:00 AM ORIENTATION BOTH
January 15, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 8:45 PM ICE SESSION 1 DARK
January 22, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 10:15 PM ICE SESSION 3 DARK
January 29, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 8:45 PM ICE SESSION 2 DARK
February 5, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 10:15 PM ICE SESSION 4 DARK
February 12, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 8:45 PM ICE SESSION 5 DARK
February 19, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 10:15 PM ICE SESSION 6 DARK
February 26, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 8:45 PM ICE SESSION 7 DARK
March 5, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 10:15 PM ICE SESSION 8 DARK
TBD TBD TBD TBD GAME #1 BOTH
TBD TBD TBD TBD GAME #2 BOTH
TBD TBD TBD TBD GAME #3 BOTH
TBD TBD TBD TBD GAME #4 BOTH

WINTER 2023 Learn To Play (LIGHT Team)
DATE DAY LOCATION TIME SESSION TEAM
January 8, 2023 SUNDAY ONLINE 11:00 AM ORIENTATION BOTH
January 8, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 10:15 PM ICE SESSION 1 LIGHT
January 15, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 8:45 PM ICE SESSION 2 LIGHT
January 15, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 10:15 PM ICE SESSION 3 LIGHT
January 22, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 8:45 PM ICE SESSION 4 LIGHT
January 22, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 10:15 PM ICE SESSION 5 LIGHT
January 29, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 8:45 PM ICE SESSION 6 LIGHT
January 29, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 10:15 PM ICE SESSION 7 LIGHT
February 5, 2023 SUNDAY WESTEND RINK 8:45 PM ICE SESSION 8 LIGHT
TBD TBD TBD TBD GAME #1 BOTH
TBD TBD TBD TBD GAME #2 BOTH
TBD TBD TBD TBD GAME #3 BOTH
TBD TBD TBD TBD GAME #4 BOTH

Start playing hockey today with little to no experience. This program is designed as a learn-to-play hockey program for beginners or new players. A minimal level of skating is required. We expect that you can glide independently on each foot. If you are not comfortable you must be willing to supplement your hockey training with public skating practice or ice skating lessons. Turning and stopping are not required but are highly desired.

Do you currently play floor hockey or roller hockey? This is a great class to transition to ice hockey.

Maybe you never played growing up? There are an overwhelming number of skills to understand before you truly enjoy playing hockey. We promise when you get there it’s a happy positive place. There is A LOT of falling in the beginning. That’s what the gear is for.

Every individual or group of students will learn differently so we keep a high-level plan but tweak it every session to provide the best training for new players.

Unlike children players new to the adult learning game can be of varying skill levels and athleticism so we do our best to make it useful for everyone.

Join with a co-worker, partner, family member or anyone like you who is new to hockey.

Hockey Class

This course is for beginners, it is not a reason for experienced players to get some extra practice time. Players get the most out of a class when everyone has similar skills. When there is a clear separation of skills the coach may split the group up or tweak the drills so no one is left behind.

Skills covered are:

  • skating forwards and backwards (sculling/c-cuts, stride)
  • turn and stop
  • edge control
  • stopping
  • crossovers
  • shooting (wrist,snap slap)
  • passing
  • stickhandling and shooting
  • puck control
  • tight or quick turns
  • transitions from front skating to back and vice versa
  • positional play (opposing team drills, Neutral zone, blue lines, goal lines, hockey rink setup)

We currently run drop in games, TWO tournaments a year, and a league ARCHL which runs all year.

What you get in our program learn to play in Vancouver?

  • 8 Sessions + 4 games with refs
  • Each Sessions split into hockey skills
  • Starts Sunday, Jan 8,2023
  • Start times are 8:45 PM or 10:15 on SUNDAYS then games are TBD (confirm Nov 30)
  • Sessions out of Vancouver rinks Westend Ice Rink and TBD
  • Each session will include a coach. Full gear is mandatory
  • Players will learn different skating, stickhandling and shooting skills. Taught using drills and scrimmages based on a progressive plan
  • Fully inclusive for Adults, Minors may participate with parental approval.

Hockey Gear

First thing you need is gear. You can check out your nearest vancouver hockey shop like Canadian tire, buy online or buy used. If you are smaller stature novice or intermediate gear is much cheaper. Contact us if you need a guide we are happy to help!

  1. Skates
  2. Shin Guards
  3. Hockey Socks ($20 through hockeytourney )
  4. Hockey Pants
  5. Jock or Jill
  6. Shoulder Pads
  7. Elbow Pads
  8. Gloves
  9. Black and White Jersey
  10. Helmet
  11. Stick