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Learn To Play a/k/a "Little Knights"

Little Knights Learn to Play

Does your son/daughter wants to play ice hockey? Learning the proper way to ice skate is the first step for your beginning player. St. Jude Hockey Club's Little Knights Program embraces the American Development Model (ADM) for teaching boys and girls how to play hockey. We're proud to continue our 55 plus year tradition of developing young players by offering 2 convenient sessions during the fall/winter session and a separate spring session Each session will offer both the Little Squires Learn to Skate and the Little Knights Learn to Play programs tailored to your player's abilities.


St. Jude will offer 2 sessions during the Fall/Winter 2016-17 season and a Spring 2017 session:

Session 1 – runs September 24th through December 18th

Session 2 – runs January 13th through March 26th

Spring – runs in April/May 2017 (exact dates to be announced later)

St. Jude will be holding Little Knights/ADM Assessments on Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th and January 7th/8th .  Players interested in joining St. Jude's Little Knights program  are required to participate in the assessments corresponding to each season.  These assessments will evaluate the players and place them on the appropriate squad with like skill and aged players.  These squads will then participate together in jamborees.  There will be three levels of skills, and a total of 6 squads, 2 per level. 


Day Date Time Rink
Saturday April 8th 9:30 am SIA
Sunday April 9th 9:30 am SIA
Tuesday April 11th 5:30 pm SIA
Monday April 17th 5:30 pm SIA
Tuesday April 18th 5:30 pm SIA
Sunday April 23rd 12:30 pm SIA
Tuesday April 25th 5:30 pm SIA
Saturday April 29th 9:30 am SIA
Sunday April 30th 10:15 am OL
Tuesday May 2nd 5:30 pm SIA
Wednesday May 3rd 5:30 pm SIA
Sunday May 7th 11:50 am SIA
Tuesday May 9th 5:30 pm SIA
Saturday May 13th 9:30 am SIA
Sunday May 14th 9:30 am SIA
Tuesday May 16th 5:30 pm SIA
Saturday May 20th 3:45 pm OL
Sunday May 21st 9:30 am SIA
Tuesday May 23rd 5:30 pm SIA

The Registration "Learn To Play a/k/a "Little Knights"" is not currently available.

The flowchart below shows player progression for learning to skate to playing recreational/competitive hockey as part of a team.

Little Knights Learn to Play Program

This program is designed for boys and girls born in 2011 through 2008 with previous experience in basic ice skating.  In this program we will introduce the basic tenets of the American Development Model (ADM) that stresses small area games for increased player development including puck handling and team concepts.

The session costs are shown on the full schedule below.  Players are welcome to register for each session individually or pre-pay for Session 1 and 2 by October 1st for a 5% discount.  Families who register multiple children will receive a 10% discount - contact Michele Boyce for multi-player family registration.

* Please note, all skating sessions will be 1 hour in length, but the classes may start/end up to 5 minutes late/early due to ice set up.

*** Please note your son/daughter will need to graduate from a learn-to-skate before participating in an ADM program ***

Little Knights Schedule

The Little Knights will skate 3 days per week this season on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Fridays:  600-710p at SIA

Saturdays:  810-920 or 930 - 1040a at SIA (game day - times will be assigned depending on player squad)

Sundays: 930-1040a at SIA


Session 1 will run September 24th through December 18th and includes 34 skates.  Little Knights will NOT skate on October 30th and November 4th and 5th.  Cost for this session is $680.


Session 2 will run January 13th through March 26th and includes 31 skates.  Little Knights will NOT skate on January 27th or March 4th. Cost for this session is $620.



If you pre-pay both  sessions by October 1st, there is a 5% discount and the total is $1,273. 


For those paying by session,  each session will have a split payment option whereby 50% is collected at the time of registration and 50% will be automatically charged to the original form of payment on November 15th and February 15th, respectively. 


How do I register my player for a session? Registration is done via our website at  If you have any questions about the program or need help registering, please contact Michele Boyce at the link below.  Please note your child must have 2016-2017 USA Hockey Insurance to participate, please click here to register with USA Hockey.

Where are the classes and how much ice time is there per session? The schedule for each session is above.  All ice sessions are at Southwest Ice Arena (SIA) in Crestwood, IL.  Session times/dates are subject to change due to ice availability.

What equipment will my player need to participate in the Little Knights Learn to Play program?   All Little Knights players must have full hockey equipment including: helmet, neck guard, shoulder/chest protector, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin guards, sweater socks, gloves and, of course, hocket skates.  Players will not be allowed on the ice if they do not have a neck guard.  Additionally, many players like to have a mouth guard secured to their helmet so it does not fall out on the ice if they spit it out.  If you unfamiliar with any of the equipment, please contact Nicole Hauser and she will help direct you to a good source for it.  Equipment (excluding skates and neckguard) is available to rent, but limited to very small sizes.  Please contact Nicole Hauser or Michele Boyce for more information on rentals.  All players will be required to purchase a reversible St. Jude jersey for $30.  One jersey will last each player all the winter 2016-17 sessions.  If your player has a green/white reversible jersey from last season that still fits, they do not need to purchase another.

Who may participate? The St. Jude Little Knights Learn to Play program is open to boys and girls born in 2011 through 2008 who have successfully completed a Learn to Skate program.

What are you teaching? The Knights Coaching Staff subscribes to the American Development Model of instruction based on the foundation of play, love, and excel. Learn the basics in their simplest form- fun. If they’re having the fun, the excelling part is easy.

I am not familiar with the USA Hockey ADM model.  Where can I learn more?  Additional information on the USA Hockey American Development Model (ADM) can be found at .  The St. Jude organization won 2011 Program of the Year from the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI).




Need More Info?

For more information on the Little Knights Learn to Play program, please contact Nicole Hauser or AJ Hernacki.

AJ Hernacki

Youth Hockey Director

Nicole Hauser

Little Knights Coordinator

Ready to Join St. Jude's Little Knights program?

Click the word 'Register' below to being the registration process...  At the bottom of the first information page, you will be given the opportunity to either login, if you already have an NGIN account, or create a new account.

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