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Hockey Programs

Learn to Play Hockey

The Learn To Play Hockey program aims to teach the fundamentals of skating and hockey while creating an environment that cultivates fun and learning. During the instructional session time, students will be taught how to control their edges, skate forwards and backwards, pass and shoot a puck, and more. During the "game time," students will be able to use their newly-acquired skills in a half-ice hockey game which will be monitored by coaches and staff.

Bird Arena will be providing equipment and rental skates at no cost to those participants who do not have their own. Equipment and skates are to be returned at the end of the session. All skaters are required to follow apparel guidelines. All programs will be canceled when Athens County issues a Level 3 weather advisory. These programs will not have a make-up date.

Session 1

Try Hockey for Free: Thursday, Sept 5 (7 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Parents need to arrive 30 minutes before ice time to receive equipment
Dates: 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17
Time: 7:00-7:45 (unless otherwise noted)

Jamboree: Sunday, October 6
Cost: $69.00
Register online at www.recshop.ohio.edu

Session 2 - Hosted by the Columbus Blue Jackets

Try Hockey for Free: Thursday, Oct. 24 (7 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Parents need to arrive 30 minutes before ice time to receive equipment
Dates: 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 12/5, 12/12 (Week off for Thanksgiving)
Time: 7 p.m. – 7:50 p.m.

Jamboree: Sunday, December 15
Cost: $115.00
All first time participants between ages 5-8 will receive free head-to-toe equipment to keep!
Register online at: www.nhl.com/bluejackets/community/learn-to-play

Session 3

Try Hockey for Free: Thursday, Jan. 16 (7 p.m.- 8 p.m.)
Parents need to arrive 30 minutes before ice time to receive equipment
Dates: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27
Time: 7:00-7:45 (unless otherwise noted)

Jamboree: Sunday, February 23
Cost: $69.00
Register online at www.recshop.ohio.edu

Session 4

Try Hockey for Free: Thursday, Mar 5 (7 p.m.- 8 p.m.)
Parents need to arrive 30 minutes before ice time to receive equipment
Dates: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16
Time: 7:00-7:45 (unless otherwise noted)

Jamboree: Sunday, April 12
Cost: $69.00
Register online at www.recshop.ohio.edu

Drop-In Hockey

Sundays: 5 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Cost: $10 per person

All skaters are required to follow apparel guidelines. All programs will be canceled when Athens County issues a Level 3 weather advisory. These programs will not have a make-up date.

Bird Arena Hockey League

The Bird Arena Hockey League allows OHIO students and community members ages 18+ to play hockey in a recreational setting. The league is 4v4, co-ed and no check, with one game per week. The cost is $150 (goalies play for free) and jerseys are provided. Free drop-in hockey is available on the night of registration. The season is currently underway. Come back at the start of next semester for registration information!

OHIO Men's Ice Hockey, ACHA Division 1

For tickets, schedule, and more information visit Ohio Bobcat Hockey. To purchase OHIO hockey apparel online, visit The Bobcat Store!

Athens Youth Hockey Association

The AYHA team is housed in Bird Ice Arena. Visit the AYHA website for more information about this program.