The NHL/NHLPA First Shift


The NHL/NHLPA First Shift is a program designed to ease kids and their families into the sport of hockey in a fun and welcoming environment. It is open to boys and girls ages 6-10 years old, who have never registered to play hockey.


The registration fee is $229 for each participant and includes:

  • A Welcome Event - information, education, and an equipment fitting session
  • Six On-Ice Sessions designed by Hockey Canada
  • A complete set of Bauer gear including: hockey bag, helmet combo (with facemask), shoulder pads, elbow pads, neck guard, shorts with jock / jill, pants, hockey socks, shin guards, jersey, gloves, stick and skates.

For local hockey associations, the NHL/NHLPA First Shift offers:

  • The opportunity to bring new families into your hockey community and increase membership
  • Hockey Canada Support:
    • on-ice programming
    • instructor criteria and education
    • welcome event execution support
    • on-going program support
    • a new online portal enabling the management of registrations and forms in real time
    • insurance for participants and coaches
  • Bauer support:
    • Welcome Event execution
    •  promotional program support
    • positive media exposure
    • head-to-toe equipment for participants
    • a coach kits
  • NHL Club support may include (where applicable):
    • alumni participation
    •  building use
    • mascot participation
    • limited gifting

For complete program information visit firstshift.ca

For additional questions and inquiries please contact thefirstshift@hockeycanada.ca


Together with minor hockey associations, we’ve offered 118 programs to local communities across Canada and the results have been overwhelmingly positive. Host Minor Hockey Associations across Canada were also extremely positive about the program, and the impact on their local communities.


“Let me say, last night’s meet and greet was a fantastic way to get started and meet new families. For the kids to be treated like little pros, to be fitted properly and leave with new equipment has boosted his confidence and excitement for playing. My son can’t wait to get started!”
- Parent, St. Catharines

“First ice time was a blast, I love how this has been such a positive experience so far. I know for my son, learning a new skill can be intimidating and scary. The coaches and the First Shift team have done an amazing job encouraging and making it an overall great experience.”
- Parent, Calgary