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The Program Services site is a resource center for local youth association leadership. Its goal is to provide local associations with the tools necessary to deliver the best youth sports experience in their community. These include growth and retention programs that associations can easily apply in their own structure. 


More than 14,000 Experience Try Hockey For Free Day Presented by Kraft Heinz

First-timers pack rinks nationwide as part of Come Play Hockey Month

Saturday (Nov. 7) was a great day for hockey in America as 14,129 children were introduced to the sport for the first time through USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by Kraft Heinz. The skating scene played out in arenas nationwide as part of the fifth annual Come Play Hockey Month.

In all, nearly 500 sites hosted Try Hockey events across 48 states. Equipment was provided free of charge to every child attending the events, while thousands of USA Hockey-certified coaches provided instruction and encouragement.

"This event is all about making local rinks an inviting place for new families," said Pat Kelleher, USA Hockey's assistant executive director of development. "It's such a thrill to see all the smiling faces and hear parents talk about the memorable experience of watching their child try hockey.

"Volunteers across the country deserve a ton of credit. Their energy and passion made it a great introduction to the sport. We're also grateful for the support from the NHL and its member clubs."

USA Hockey, which conducts two national Try Hockey For Free Days each season, will conduct its second Try Hockey Day of the 2015-16 campaign Feb. 20, 2016, as part of Hockey Weekend Across America.

USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Days are designed to provide a national platform for introducing children to the sport, free of charge. Total Hockey and Liberty Mutual Insurance are official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by Kraft Heinz.

NOTE: Now in their sixth season, USA Hockey's national Try Hockey For Free Days have introduced more than 100,000 children to the sport ... Try Hockey For Free Day in November is part of Come Play Hockey Month, a component of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone™ (HIFE) program, which provides children of all backgrounds the opportunity to play hockey ... Join the conversation on social media using hashtag #TryHockey.

IIHF World Girls' Hockey Weekend

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USA Hockey is looking for associations and rinks to host opportunities to build awareness, celebrate your current players and grow participation for girls’ hockey as part of the fifth annual IIHF Girls’ Hockey Weekend October 10-11, 2015. To participate, there are four different events host sites can utilize; try hockey for free, cross-ice jamboree, season kick-off party or create an original event to celebrate local female hockey players.

To learn more about Girls' Hockey Weekend, CLICK HERE.  

In 2014, nearly 150 locations across the United States celebrated the fourth annual IIHF World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend. 

Mark Your Calendars: 2015-16 Try Hockey For Free Days, Presented by Kraft Heinz

USA Hockey announced today that the 2015-16 season's Try Hockey For Free Days, presented by Kraft Heinz, is now open for association and rinks to register as host sites!

The first nationwide Try Hockey For Free Day will be Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, as part of Come Play Hockey Month. The second opportunity will occur Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, during Hockey Weekend Across America.

USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free program, with the support of the National Hockey League and NHL member clubs, among others, is designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport. In addition to presenting sponsor Kraft Heinz, Total Hockey and Liberty Mutual Insurance are official sponsors of Try Hockey For Free Days.

Registration for this event is closed. Please contact Shannon at ShannonW@usahockey.org with questions.

NOTE: USA Hockey's national Try Hockey For Free Days have introduced more than 90,000 children to the sport over the last five seasons.

2 and 2 Challenge Caps Successful Third Season!

A record 398 associations participated in USA Hockey's 2 and 2 Challenge, a program that played a significant role in the number of American players during the 2014-15 season.

Associations that commit to the 2 and 2 Challenge follow a systematic year-long plan of utilizing grassroots marketing tools and national events in an effort to add two additional new players and retain two more players than their previous season's 8-and-under player totals.

Congratulations to all associations that completed the 2014-15 season’s 2 and 2 Challenge!

Upcoming Events

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Hockey Weekend Across America Try Hockey For Free Day
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  • Hockey Weekend Across America, will be highlighted by Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by Kraft Heinz, on Saturday, February 20, 2016. This is a national effort with over 300 local rinks and association introducing kids between the ages of 4 and 9 to youth hockey. Participating host locations will receive jerseys, promotional items, marketing tools, USA Hockey sanctioning and online registration to maximize participation.

    February is a great opportunity to attract new families who are thinking hockey because it’s winter. This will give you an advantage with your spring programs and identifying new families for next fall.

    For a detailed overview of the program and what USA Hockey provides, CLICK HERE.

    Registration for this event is closed. 

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2015 Try Hockey For Free Days Presented by KraftHeinz