Sidney Crosby's Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey

The Pittsburgh Penguins are pleased to announce the return of Sidney Crosby's Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey program!


What Is Learn To Play 

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 National Hockey League 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, free head-to-toe equipment, weekly sessions of age appropriate on-ice instruction and certified coaching, led by National Hockey League Alumni, in a fun and safe atmosphere. Learn to Play on-ice instruction plans have been developed in collaboration with experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada and taught by certified instructors and led by National Hockey League Alumni.

Program Fees

The program provides FREE head-to-toe equipment for your child to keep as they continue exploring youth hockey. However, there is a participation fee associated with the program which offsets ice and coaching expenses. The participation fee may vary by facility and market.

Registration Information 


Registration MUST be completed online -- telephone and on-site registrations will NOT be accepted.

As a requirement, parents will register their child for USA Hockey. This will take place during the online registration process, along with the equipment sizing procedure.

Following the registration period, equipment pickup will take place in (TBA) at the participant's pre-selected DICK'S Sporting Goods location.

For questions or concerns, please contact us at:

Please Note:

  • Children who previously participated in the Little Penguins Learn to Play Hockey program, are not eligible to participate in the program again.
  • Children who are currently playing in a mite program, and are USA Hockey registered, are not eligible to participate.

Please Review The Following Suggestions Prior To Registration On OPENS NOV 5

  • Multiple registrations will not be permitted.
  • If registration is sold out at your preferred location, and you are unable to register, you may then try to register at another location.
  • If all preferred locations are sold out after submitting your registration, you will be automatically added to the waiting list for that selected location. In the event an opening becomes available, waiting list registrants will be notified.
  • If your child does NOT know how to skate, we strongly recommend that your child sign up for a "Learn to Skate" class at your local rink