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Try Hockey for Free

Massachusetts Hockey provides subsidies to make the sport of ice hockey more enjoyable for our participants and make it easier for programs to offer a positive experience to their members.

This subsidy of $250 will be offered to any Massachusetts Hockey registered program that register through USA Hockey for Try Hockey for Free Day. 

USA Hockey will send Massachusetts Hockey verification after the event and Massachusetts Hockey will be in contact with the program to send out the subsidy.

The subsidy will be provided only if you REGISTER your program/ice rink for the USA Hockey Try Hockey for Free event. Click here to be redirected to the registration.

What is Try Hockey for Free Day?

Try Hockey For Free Days provides youth hockey associations a national platform and opportunity to acquire new players locally. Associations will attract new players for this season as well as capture interested families for the following season. This initiative is a joint-effort between USA Hockey, the National Hockey League & NHL member clubs.

November is an ideal time to bring families into your rink that may not have previously considered youth hockey and are completing their fall sports.

February is a great opportunity to attract new families who are thinking hockey because it’s winter. With a goal of 300 host locations, this event will take place during Hockey Week Across America.

Over 500 locations across 48 states hosted a try hockey for free clinic for kids between the ages of 4 to 9. This event provides local associations the perfect opportunity to introduce new families to youth hockey. Last season over 26,000 kids experienced youth hockey for the first time through USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Day, presented by Kraft Heinz. Equipment was provided free of charge to every child attending the events, while thousands of USA Hockey-certified coaches provided instruction and encouragement.

Key Dates:

November Event

  • September: Complete online training video (a representative from each organization is required to completely watch the training video in your Try Hockey portal)
  • Late-October: Jerseys, giveaways and grassroots promotional material arrive
  • November 12th: Try Hockey For Free Day

February Event

  • January: Complete online training video (a representative from each organization is required to completely watch the training video in your Try Hockey portal)
  • Mid-February: Jerseys, giveaways and grassroots promotional material arrive
  • February 25th: Try Hockey For Free Day

Resources:

Try Hockey for Free Day Website

USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Day, is designed to provide youth hockey associations a national platform to introduce new kids to the sport. The upcoming events for the 2016-17 season are: Saturday, November 12, 2016 and February 25, 2017.

Try Hockey for Free Day REGISTRATION

USA Hockey's Try Hockey For Free Day Registration. This will show others where to go in the area.

Host Site Requirements:

  • One hour of ice
  • Volunteers
    • On-ice
    • Check-in
    • Getting dressed
    • Off-ice recruiter
    • Marketing
  • Equipment
    • Minimum of 40 helmets, skates & gloves (can be winter gloves) are required
    • Full sets of equipment to let participants borrow is recommended if available

USA Hockey Provides:

  • USA Hockey jerseys & giveaways
  • On- and off-ice clinic guidelines
  • USA Hockey sanctioning
  • Online registration platform
  • Grassroots promotional tools
  • Best practices on attracting new families
  • National marketing

Questions?

Massachusetts Hockey

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Phone: 781-664-2700