your home for hockey

Overview

Program Info

A fun, safe and high-energy first experience of hockey.

Welcome to your new home for hockey!

The North Toronto Learn to Play program is one of the most comprehensive hockey skills programs in the country designed for our youngest players. It combines professional, caring instructors with the latest strategies and techniques to ensure your child has a fun, safe and high-energy first experience of hockey. It is the perfect launching pad for any young child who wants to progress into our community House League or competitive hockey programs.

Learn to Play 1 (born 2016-2017) For beginners and all children new to hockey. Register Now!

  • must be able to get up and down on their own, and at least shuffle along in skates freely
  • must be comfortable on the ice without a parent

Learn to Play 2 (born 2016-2017) For players who have completed LTP 1 or equivalents below. Register Now!

  • should be able to “run” or stride/skate freely around the ice
  • should have experience moving a puck with a a stick
  • must be comfortable on the ice without a parent.
FEATURES
  • Paid, professional instructors only. We have one of the few LTP programs in the City where only professional, and trained instructors are teaching your kids.  No parents are on the ice for these sessions.
  • Child-instructor ratio is typically 4 to 1 and never more than 6 to 1.
  • A variety of local arenas available which means less driving and more fun!
  • A fun combination of skills and small-area scrimmages.
  • Dynamic, progressive skill development program based on the latest recommendations of the Hockey Canada Long Term Player Development Model.
  • Age-appropriate equipment such as lighter, blue, 4oz. pucks, small nets and small-ice surfaces surrounded by soft, safe foam dividers.

Program
Logistics

What is the time commitment?

Learn to Play athletes participate in a 50-minute session each week, equaling approximately 20 sessions.

When does the season start and end?

Learn to Play sessions begin in October after Thanksgiving and end in mid-April.

Will there be sessions on holidays?

There are no sessions scheduled over major holidays (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Family Day, Easter) or during the public school March Break.

Benefits
& Fees

What are the benefits of LTP with North Toronto Hockey?

We have one of the few LTP programs in Toronto where only professional, trained instructors are teaching your children. We also offer a low instruction to child ration – never more than 6:1, with most classes at 4:1. All programs are run in local arenas close to our midtown community.

What about costs?

$675 for registrations June 7, 2021 and onwards, subject to availability.

What's included?
  • Approximately 19 weekly sessions with paid professional instructors.
  • Custom North Toronto-branded practice jersey
  • Welcome package and end-of-season souvenir with North Toronto-branded gear.
  • Session options at premier ice facilities in the midtown area including North Toronto Arena.
What is the refund policy?

Players wishing to withdraw from the program must do so in writing through email to the registrar only.

If the player is not accepted due to the program being full you will receive a full refund. All players will be offered the opportunity to be placed on the waitlist, but no refunds will be provided until an official request to withdraw is made directly to the registrar.

  • Prior to July 31, 2021, players may withdraw and receive a refund less a $125.00 admin fee.
  • Players will not receive any refund starting August 1, 2021 – unless there is a wait list and we can replace your player. If your player is replaced by September 1st, then you will receive a refund minus the admin. fee of $125.00.
  • If you register a player for the first time for the 2021/22 season after August 1st, and then wish to withdraw anytime after, you will not receive a refund unless your spot has been filled by Sept 1st. If your spot has been filled with another player by Sept. 1st. we will issue a refund minus the $125.00 admin fee.

Select/CDS Players that have ACCEPTED a spot with a North Toronto Select/CDS team (or who have ACCEPTED an invitation to a Red, Green or White team tryout) and then want to be released at any time after, will not receive any refund on their HL registration fees.

(For players who withdraw from North Toronto and have attended at least one try-out for Select/CDS but have not been offered a spot will not receive a refund.)
As per Hockey Canada, you may only register for one club at a time. If you have registered for more than one association and decide to withdraw from NT, the above rules apply. If you are eligible for a refund you will be charged the $125.00 admin. fee.

In the event NTHA has to cancel all or part of a program due to a Covid-19 related issue (such as government and public health guideline restrictions), families will be provided with a full refund for the amount paid (or a partial refund if the program has already started). Refunds will not be provided for injury or illness related reasons.

Program
Details

Instructors

NT is proud to have the professionals from Canadian Pro Hockey Clinic on our team. CPHC has been an active, trusted and properly insured member of our hockey community since 1995. They know hockey and they know how to teach it to kids.

What skills will my child learn?

All sessions progress from simple basics to more coordinated skill sets. Within sessions, players are grouped according to ability to ensure adequate instruction and practice for each skill.

Skating skills progression: balance and agility, edge control, starting/stopping, forward skating and striding, backward skating, turning and crossovers.

Stick and puck skills progression: stationary puck control, moving puck control, stationary passing/receiving, moving passing/receiving, shooting.

Fun: Small area scrimmages and fun are also an important part of this program!

What equipment will my child need?

Once your child enrols in hockey, it will be important to properly outfit your player with the following mandatory equipment:

MANDATORY EQUIPMENT

  • CSA-approved Helmet with wire face mask or plastic shield
    • Used helmets expire 6.5 years from date of manufacture. Check the labels if using.
  • Hockey Gloves
  • BNQ-Approved Neck Guard
  • Elbow Pads
  • Shin Pads
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Jock / Jill underpants with protective cup
  • Hockey Pants
  • Hockey Skates
  • Hockey Stick

While we show some equipment in NT colours, any colour (usually Black) is fine.

USEFUL ACCESSORIES

  • Long johns and a thin long sleeve shirt (or pajamas) under equipment will improve comfort and absorb perspiration.
  • Hockey equipment bag, skate guards, water bottle and stick tape.
  • Waterproof labels for all equipment as pieces can get mixed-up in the change room.

CPHC has been a trusted member of our hockey development community since 1995. They know how to teach and inspire our youngest players!

I’m ready!

Registration + Schedules

Registration Details

1 Each session costs $675. Just choose your preferred day and time from the list  and click on “Register Now” below.  Times are approximate and may be altered if required by arena procedures and flood schedules.

2 Learn to Play 1 and Learn to Play 2 Combined sessions are able to accommodate players in either skill category.

3 Sessions fill up quickly so your choice may not be available. If your chosen session does not have enough registrants to proceed,  you will be offered space in another open session prior to the season start.

4 If you wish to register in more than one weekly Learn to Play sessions please contact the Registrar directly registrar@nthockey.ca .

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Register Now!

Schedules

SATURDAYS @ North Toronto Arena
9:00 am: Learn to Play 1 and Learn to Play 2 Combined
9:55 am: Learn to Play 1 and Learn to Play 2 Combined
11:00 am: Learn to Play 1 and Learn to Play 2 Combined
11:55 am: Learn to Play 1 and Learn to Play 2 Combined

SUNDAYS @ North Toronto Arena
11:00 am: Learn to Play 1 and Learn to Play 2 Combined
11:50 am: Learn to Play 1 and Learn to Play 2 Combined
12:40 pm: Learn to Play 1 and Learn to Play 2 Combined

With Appreciation to

Our Sponsors

As with volunteers, our programs would be nearly impossible to run without the generous financial support of the businesses and individuals in our community. Please ensure that we reward them with our patronage whenever possible.

We’ll be updating this section with our 2020/21 season sponsors shortly. Stay tuned!

More questions?

Contact Us

For all things Learn to Play, you can email hl@nthockey.ca

Full List of Contacts

President – NTHA: president@nthockey.ca
Registration: registrar@nthockey.ca
House League & Learn to Play Program: hl@nthockey.ca
CDS/Select Program: select@nthockey.ca
GTHL Program: gthl@nthockey.ca
Head of Referees: referee@nthockey.ca
Sponsorship: sponsorship@nthockey.ca
Coaching: coaching@nthockey.ca
Volunteers: volunteer@nthockey.ca
Alumni and Recognition: greenwall@nthockey.ca