If you have kids ages 4-8 that are interested in playing ice hockey, registration is now open for the Lightning Made Learn to Play Program. The program is supported by the Lightning, NHL, and NHLPA in an effort to introduce the game of hockey to new, young players. Check out the press release from the Lightning below for all of the deails.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR NHL/NHLPA LIGHTNING MADE LEARN TO PLAY PROGRAM FOR KIDS AGES 4-8

TAMPA BAY – Registration for the NHL/NHLPA Lightning Made Learn to Play program is now open, the team announced today. The eight-week program will be held at three local rinks from September 24 through November 19 and will be taught by Lightning alumni, staff and local coaches.

The Learn to Play program is for kids ages 4-8. Parents looking to register their children should log on to https://learntoplay.nhl.com/lightning. Registration is $80 and includes a full set of hockey gear for each participant to keep, including protective equipment, skates, sticks and jerseys at no additional cost. Each participating rink will also provide affordable next-level programs.

Below is the schedule for each location:

· Brandon Ice Sports Forum (10222 Elizabeth Pl, Tampa, FL 33619): 8-9 a.m., October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12 and 19

· Clearwater Ice Arena (13940 Icot Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33760): 9-10 a.m., September 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12 and 19

· Ellenton Ice & Sportsplex (5309 29th St E, Ellenton, FL 34222): 10:15-11:15 a.m., September 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12 and 19

All lesson plans will be designed and certified by the NHL and the NHLPA, while following USA Hockey’s American Development Model that consists of cross-ice skating and skill development. All participants will be automatically registered with USA Hockey for the remainder of the 2016-17 season at no charge. Being registered with USA Hockey will allow children to move on to next-level programs.

The Learn to Play program is designed to increase the number of kids playing hockey and creates a fun and effective learning environment by delivering a positive experience to ensure players remain engaged throughout their lives. The program reduces cost barriers with free registration and providing free equipment. Players and parents will be educated by former NHL players and will receive the opportunity to become more than just a better hockey player.

~BE THE THUNDER~

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