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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 59 plus year tradition of developing young players by offering 3 convenient sessions during the 2019-2020 hockey sessions.


Sessions:

There will be 3 sessions offered for the 2019-2020 hockey season. 

Session 1 - September 20th - November 24th

Session 2 - November 29th - January 26th

Session 3 - January 31st - March 29th

 

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.

2019 Little Knights Schedule

Little Knights Session 1 Schedule (COST $515)

DoW Date Start Time End Time Rink
Fri 9/20/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 9/21/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 9/22/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 9/27/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 9/28/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 9/29/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 10/4/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 10/5/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 10/6/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 10/11/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 10/12/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 10/13/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 10/18/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 10/19/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 10/20/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 10/25/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 10/26/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 10/27/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 11/8/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 11/9/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Fri 11/15/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 11/16/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 11/18/2019 9:20 AM 10:30 AM SIA
Fri 11/22/2019 6:00 PM 7:10 PM SIA
Sat 11/23/2019 9:10 AM 10:20 AM SIA
Sun 11/24/2019 9:20 AM 10;30 AM SIA

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

FAQ's

How do I register my player for a session? Registration is done via our website at www.stjudehockey.org.  If you have any questions about the program or need help registering, please contact Shannon Gutkowski.  Please note your child must have 2019-2020 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 session 1 is listed 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, hockey 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 Shannon Gutkowski and she will help direct you to a good source for it.  Equipment (excluding skates and neck guard) is available to rent, but limited to very small sizes.  Please contact Shannon Gutkowski for more information on rentals.  All players will be required to purchase a reversible St. Jude jersey for $35.  One jersey will last each player all the winter 2019-2020 sessions.  If your player has a  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 2016 through 2009 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 www.ADMKids.com .  The St. Jude organization won 2011 Program of the Year from the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois (AHAI).

 

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Need More Info?

For more information on the Little Knights Learn to Play program, please contact Brit Volini or Shannon Gutkowski.

Brit Volini

ADM Director

Phone: 612-867-9781

Shannon Gutkowski

Little Knights Coordinator