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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 2017-18 season and a Spring 2018 session:

Session 1 – runs September 23rd through December 17th

Session 2 – runs January 6th through March 18th

Spring – runs in April 8th through May 20th 


St. Jude will be holding Little Knights/ADM Assessments for Session 2. They will take place on December 16th.  Players interested in joining St. Jude's Little Knights program  are required to participate in the assessments corresponding to each session.  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. 

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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Spring 2018 Little Knights Schedule

DoW Date Start End Rink
Wednesday April 4 5:30 PM 6:40 PM SIA
Sunday April 8 8:10 AM 9:20 AM SIA
Wednesday April 11 5:30 PM 6:40 PM SIA
Sunday April 15 8:10 AM 9:20 AM SIA
Wednesday April 18 5:30 PM 6:40 PM SIA
Sunday April 22 11:00 AM 12:10 PM SIA
Wednesday April 25 5:30 PM 6:40 PM SIA
Sunday April 29 8:10 AM 9:20 AM SIA
Wednesday May 2 5:30 PM 6:40 PM SIA
Sunday May 6 3:30 PM 4:40 PM SIA
Wednesday May 9 5:30 PM 6:40 PM SIA
Sunday May 13 8:10 AM 9:20 AM SIA
Wednesday May 16 5:30 PM 6:40 PM SIA
Sunday May 20 8:10 AM 9:20 AM SIA

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 Michele Boyce at the link below.  Please note your child must have 2017-2018 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 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 2017-18 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 2012 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

Hockey Director

Phone: 708-990-9073

Nicole Hauser

Little Knights Coordinator