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NHL/NHLPA First Shift

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift program is a truly unique experience designed to help kids fall in love with hockey. The six-week learn to play program continues to focus on having fun while learning basic skills.  Full head-to-toe Bauer equipment is included with registration.

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift mission is to change the way hockey is offered, to inspire new families to join our community, and enroll their kids in our sport.  Because of the program’s belief in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities, the NHL/NHLPA First Shift was designed to make hockey accessible, affordable, safe and most importantly, fun!

Hockey Manitoba would like to inform Minor Hockey Associations that the application period is now open to host a 2023 – 2024 NHL/NHLPA First Shift program in your community!

The deadline for Minor Hockey Associations to apply for the 2023 – 2024 NHL/NHLPA First Shift program is March 15, 2023.


The plan for 2023 – 24 is to host more than 225 programs (coed, all girls and para hockey) resulting in the potential registration of more than 7,500 participants.

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift partners are committed to ensuring the program and the sport of hockey welcomes participants, no matter their race, gender, religion, ability, or sexual orientation. A more inclusive future creates avenues for new players across all backgrounds the chance to inspire the next generations on and off the ice. We believe diversity makes us all stronger and want to ensure opportunities are available for everyone to be welcomed into the hockey community.

We encourage Minor Hockey Associations to share their intentions for any equity, diversity and inclusion focused programming.

For more information on the NHL/NHLPA First Shift Program please visit