Are you new to hockey, but don’t know where to start? We are here to help!
First let’s start by saying welcome to the greatest sport in the world.
Second, Are you looking to play? Become involved? Just want to learn more, and be a better fan? Whatever you want to do in hockey, we’ve got you covered.
USA Hockey (USAH) is the governing body of hockey in the United States. The have a page dedicated to those new to the sport. You can start your hockey journey here. The pages have information for youth hockey, adult hockey, girls and women’s hockey, coaches, officials (referees), and parent information. It’s a great place to begin gathering information. USAH also hosts Try Hockey for Free days.
Try Hockey for Free: March 3rd, 2018
The next Try Hockey for Free is March 3rd, 2018! You can sign-up here. More than 400 local associations, from coast to coast, have signed-up to participate. Many offer free loaner equipment, usually on a first-come, first-served basis. The Try Hockey for Free page has a zip code hockey finder tool. When you enter your zip code, it will find a participating hockey organization close to you.
The First Shift
For those North of the border, Hockey Canada is the governing body. Hockey Canada hosts The First Shift. The First Shift is a six week (One hour per week) program, introducing young players and their families to the sport. Currently, Hockey Canada is shoring up their programs for next season. They too will have host sites in all Provinces. The site offers a postal code-driven hockey locater. What we particularly like about Hockey Canada’s site are the links to regional pages across the country, at the top of the HC page.
If you are looking to increase your hockey fandom, the National Hockey League (NHL) is the world’s premiere men’s league. They have 31 teams across the United States and Canada. The NHL recently announced a franchise being added in Seattle.
There are also two professional women’s hockey leagues. The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL), and Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) both have teams in the US and Canada. The CWHL has added teams from China, as well.
College & High School Hockey
College Hockey may also be a good option. In addition to typical hockey hotbeds, like Boston and Minnesota, there is increasing interest throughout the South and across the sunbelt. Many non-traditional hockey colleges and universities are offering varsity and club-level hockey.
Links to the three professional leagues, and various college hockey resources can be found on our Resources page. We also offer links to high school hockey pages. High School hockey can be a great take for about $5. If there is high school hockey in your area, check it out, you may be pleasantly surprised.
If you have a question that you just can’t find an answer to, drop us an email, we’ll answer it or find someone who can.