MB Ice Arena has created a path that allows for hockey players to stay at the rink from the first time they put on skates through high school. It begins with classes organized by facility staff and run by passionate and knowledgeable coaches. To sign up, click below!
REGISTRATION FOR YOUTH CLASSES NOW OPEN!
Beginner Hockey ClassesThe following classes are offered by MB Ice Arena. To register, click the button above.
Beginner Blackhawks – This program is for players who are new to the ice. Players at this level will learn skating basics such as falling down and getting up safely, marching in place, gliding and turning. Players in this class will develop confidence on the ice and comfort in both skates and basic pads. Equipment required: skates, helmet, knee/shin pads and gloves.
MinorHawks and Little Blackhawks (Little Blackhawks offered in spring and summer only) – Players in this program must have passed Beginner Blackhawks. At this level, players will continue to develop skating fundamentals such as forward stride, backwards skating, stopping and basic edge control. Sticks and pucks will be introduced at this level to teach participants how to skate with a stick and learn the fundamentals of basic puck control. Equipment required: skates, helmet with full face shield/cage, shin pads, gloves, elbow pads, pants, shoulder pads, and stick.
Blackhawks Rookies – Skaters at this level must have passed Beginner Blackhawks and Little Blackhawks. This class works to prepare players for an ADM team experience. Players will refine forward skating, backwards skating, stopping and edge work. Players will also begin passing, shooting and learning about situational play. Equipment required: skates, shin pads, hockey pants, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, helmet and stick.
American Development Model (ADM)
The American Development Model is USA Hockey’s nationwide player-development program for youth hockey associations. It’s based on age-appropriate, age-specific competition and training for boys and girls, beginning with their first steps onto the ice, and prepares them for a lifelong passion for the sport of hockey. ADM teams are offered through the Chicago Jets and Chicago Stallions. Click on the logos below for more information.
The MB Ice Arena Proudly Offers Little Blackhawks
The Chicago Blackhawks are excited to announce the launch of the Little Blackhawks Learn to Play program this spring at the MB Ice Arena! Learning to play hockey is more than just learning a game. More than skating, passing and stick-handling, hockey is about responsibility, respect and teamwork. As children learn the skills needed to succeed on the ice, they also build and solidify important character traits needed to succeed off the ice. With that in mind, the Learn to Play initiative was developed jointly by the National Hockey League and the NHL Players' Association to offer more families a chance to experience everything that makes youth hockey so rewarding.
Developed with the help of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, the Learn to Play initiative aims to be the gold standard for youth hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more families to join the hockey community. Learn to Play changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first time participants, between 5-9 years of age, free head-to-toe equipment, age appropriate instruction and certified coaching, led by NHL Alumni, in a fun and safe atmosphere.
Equipment kit includes
Registration for the 2018 session will launch December 13
ADM (American Development Model) Teams
The ADM is USA Hockey’s nationwide player-development program for youth hockey associations. It’s based on age-appropriate, age-specific competition and training for boys and girls, beginning with their first steps onto the ice and preparing them for a lifelong passion for the sport of hockey. ADM teams are offered through the Chicago Jets and Chicago Stallions. Click on the logos below for more information.