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First Step Hockey, led by Head Coaches Paul Melanson and Pete Burke, is a beginner program available to all players ages 4 and older to introduce them to ice skating in preparation for their journey to hockey!  Players will work on their skating skills while developing their interest in hockey through fun and games.  The purpose of this program is to develop on-ice familiarity, coordination, and strength.  No skating experience necessary (skating aids will be allowed).  This program is open to boys and girls from any local area town.

Required equipment – Hockey Skates, Helmet, Gloves.  Hockey stick and full equipment (elbow pads, shin/knee guards, pants) recommended.  All new players receive a SYHA hockey jersey at no additional cost.


Equipment starter packages and equipment discounts available at Vincent Sports Shop and Dick's Sporting Goods.


2022-23 Schedule

All sessions are held on Saturday mornings from 8:00AM - 8:50AM at International Skating Center of CT

Preseason Session September 10th through October 1st $75
Session 1 October 15th through December 17th - No session on 10/8 or 11/26 $145
Session 2 January 7th through March 4th - No session on 2/25 due to event $145

*Schedule subject to change.  Please see Team Page for full schedule


USA Hockey provides resources for coaches and parents to learn about implementation of cross-ice hockey.  To learn more, please click HERE

All players must be registered with USA Hockey for the 2022-23 season in order to participate.  

For more information on First Step Hockey program, please contact Sam Taggard, First Step Hockey Director

Click HERE to register today!