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U5 - U8

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Oct to Mid-April - 1 hr/wk

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About Learn to Play

The Leaside Hockey Association's Learn To Play program is designed for our youngest players, ages 4 (Under 5) to 7 (Under 8), who have never played hockey are are learning to skate. The program is best suited to players that are comfortable on the ice without a parent, as parents are NOT permitted on the ice.

Our Learn To Play program includes a weekly, one-hour skill development session delivered by professional coaches from Healy Hockey. During each session, players are arranged by ability into smaller groups and our coaches use play-based drills and small area games to build the foundational skills required to play hockey. When necessary, age-appropriate equipment such as skating aids, lighter blue pucks and small nets are used to help build confidence on the ice. Players in the Learn To Play program enjoy a higher than average instructor to player ratio so participants receive the attention they need to ensure a safe, fun and productive experience.

Players that are six years of age or older (U7+) who have played hockey or are confident skaters are encouraged to join our House League program.

Please reach out to Emily Pengelly if you have any questions

Division Born Program*
U5 2020 LTP
U6 2019 LTP
U7 2018 LTP or HL
U8 2017 LTP or HL

*Children in U7 or U8 age groups that are strong skaters or who have experience playing hockey are encouraged to join our House League program.

2023 - 24 Key Dates

  • October 14

    Season Start

  • November 18 & 19

    Picture Day

  • Dec 23 - Jan 5

    Winter Break - No Learn-to-Play

  • February 1 - 4

    LHA Tournament - no Learn-to-Play

  • March 11 - 17

    March Break - no Learn-to-Play

  • March 21 - 24

    Wildcat Tournament - no Learn-to-Play

  • April 13

    Year End Celebration

Program Features


  • 1 hr every week including the Year End Celebration in April
  • Run by Professional Coaches from Healy Hockey


  • Each player receives an LHA jersey and hockey socks


  • Each player receives an individual and team photo


  • $825 for the season,
  • $795 if registered in April 2024

What you need to register

*Please note, a credit card processing fee of 2.9% + $0.30 will be added to your registration at check out.

LHA Policies

2024 - 25 LTP Schedule

Saturdays, Leaside Arena

  • 6:30 am - 7:30 am
  • 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Specific time slots will be assigned in early September and are based on registration numbers, ages and abilities.

Please Support Our Learn to Play Sponsor

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Programs Available for Financial Assistance


KidSport Toronto provides grants up to $250 per eligible child (18 and under), per calendar year to be used for sport registration fees.


Canadian Tire Jumpstart

The Canadian Tire Jumpstart Program provides up to $300 per sport or physical activity up to a total of $600 a year, subject to local Chapter discretion.


Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund

The Hockey Canada Foundation Assist Fund provides up to $500 per player in registration fee subsidies for approved applicants registered with a Hockey Canada sanctioned association.


First Shift Returns to Leaside

The LHA is delighted to have the First Shift Program return to Leaside.

The NHL/NHLPA First Shift program is designed to facilitate entry into hockey with a program that is accessible, affordable, safe, and FUN! For most, it is their first time ever on skates!
Our participants have received head-to-toe hockey equipment from  Bauer and will receive six weeks of instruction at Leaside Arena. A big THANK YOU to the team from the LHA who secured our involvement and to our instructors from Healy Hockey Solutions.
For more information on the NHL/NHLPA First Shift program, please visit