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Try hockey FREE November 9 – 11 at one of these rinks!

Try hockey for free November 9-11 thanks to USA Hockey’s and the New York Islanders’ “Play Hockey Free.” The program introduces kids to the sport with professional coaches and some equipment. So, if your kid’s ever been interested in playing hockey (and let’s face it, who hasn’t???), then this is a great intro without the investment.


Before you try hockey for free, read our pointers:

Kids need to know how to ice skate

Try hockey for free doesn’t mean free ice skating lessons. Kids that are trying the sport for the first time should be comfortable in ice skates and on the ice. Rental skates are available at ice rinks but if your child’s accustomed to wearing figure skates then that is usually okay. Just note that if your child wishes to continue on and play hockey, then hockey skates will be required because they’re actually very different. Find out the difference between hockey skates and figure skates here.

Bring your own gear if you have it

Play Hockey Free is a great program that aims to introduce hockey to as many kids as possible. If you have your own gear, bring it so that other kids will have the opportunity.  Hockey gear is usually limited at these events, so the more you have the better. Check each rink’s listing for specifics regarding gear availability.

Dress warm

We’re always surprised to hear that kids get cold at ice skating rinks. Expect some falls as kids are shooting since it’s a new movement that may make them off kilter. Our choice to keep your kids warm and help break a fall: snow pants.

“Our choice to keep your kids warm and break a fall: snow pants.”

Don’t be intimidated

There will be a mix of kids — some that have never played and don’t know barely know how to ice skate and others that skate well and play hockey.

Have an open mind & great attitude

Hockey should be fun. Encourage your child to try new things and let them know that falling isn’t a big deal.

Participating hockey rinks:

Note: Advance registration is required via the website.

EAST MEADOW: Northwell Health Ice Center

Friday, November 9

Time: 8pm – 9pm

200 Merrick Avenue, East Meadow, NY

Register here 

GREAT NECK: Andrew Stergiopoulis Ice Rink

Saturday, November 10, 9am – 10am

64 Arrandale Avenue, Great Neck, NY

Info: 516.487.2975 or email: [email protected]

HICKSVILLE: Cantiague Park Ice Rink

Friday, November 9

Time: 7:30pm – 8:45pm

Register here

ScoutJr, try hockey for free

Girls play hockey too!


Saturday, November 10, 9am – 10am

660 Terry Road, Hauppauge, NY

Register here


Saturday, November 10, 4:40pm – 5:40pm

3345 Hillside Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY

Register here

OYSTER BAY: Bethpage Ice Rink

Sunday, November 11, 9:45 – 10:45am

1001 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, NY

Register here


Sunday, November 11, 2:30 – 3:30pm

175 Underhill Blvd, Syosset, NY

Register here

Next steps:

1- Register! Spots fill up fast

2 – Remember it’s for young kids, ages 4-9

3 – Dress them in snow pants!

4 – A hockey helmet is your friend because of the cage that will protect their teeth!

5 – No pressure! Have fun! Fall, get back up and try again! Plenty of time for lots of mistakes…and don’t forget to register for some skating or hockey lessons after…great way to burn some extra energy in the winter months!

If your child’s already into hockey but you haven’t found the right program, explore for nearby teams.

Be sure to share this post so your friends can sign up too!

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