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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 60 plus year tradition of developing young players by offering 2 convenient sessions during the 2022-2023 hockey sessions, along with a spring and summer session.


This season we will offer 2 regular season sessions as well as a Spring and Summer session to keep our young players skating. 

The session costs are shown on the full schedule below. 

Session 1 -  9/11 - 12/18

Session 2 - 1/6 - 3/26 

Spring Session - 3/31 - 5/21

Summer Session - June: 11th, 18th & 25th & July: 9th, 16th & 23rd


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.

At the conclusion of the Spring session 3, St. Jude will be offering a 4th session for the summer with 6 skates for the Little Knights starting n mid-June and concluding in late July.

Summer (session 4)

  • 6 Engaging Session
  • Little Knights: Designed for players in 2013 or younger who have basic skating experience.  ADM (American Development Model) skill and techniques integrated into the program.  All players must have full hockey gear.
  • All skating sessions will be held at Southwest Ice Arena

Summer 2023 Little Knights (ADM) - $180

Date Time Event Rink
Sunday, June 11, 2023 9:20-10:20am ADM SIA
Sunday, June 18, 2023 9:20-10:20am ADM SIA
Sunday, June 25, 2023 9:20-10:20am ADM SIA
Sunday, July 9, 2023 9:20-10:20am ADM SIA
Sunday, July 16, 2023 9:20-10:20am ADM SIA
Sunday, July 23, 2023 9:20-10:20am ADM SIA

Try Hockey for Free - Sunday, June 25th


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


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 Darcy Folliard.  Please note your child must have 2022-2023 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 all sessions 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 Darcy Folliard and he 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 Tony Dinnocenzo for more information on rentals.  All players will be required to purchase a reversible St. Jude jersey for $50.  One jersey will last each player all the 2022 - 2023 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 2018 through 2011 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 Tony Dinnocenzo or Darcy Folliard.

Tony Dinnocenzo

Pre-Hockey Director

Darcy Folliard

Pre-Hockey Coordinator

Chris Cimoch Sr.

Pre-Hockey Instructor