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Canes Girls Youth Hockey

Mission

CANES Girls Youth Hockey will develop and inspire the next generation of female hockey players in the Carolinas by creating an environment built on learning, fun, and empowerment to foster a love for the game.  This girls-only program will provide the attributes to not only build a stronger female hockey community but also increase the number of girls joining and staying in the sport. 

Canes Girls Youth Hockey will be the next step for the team’s First Goal program, which will continue to serve as the starting point for youth hockey players in the Triangle. The program will further the on- and off-ice development of girls ages 6-12 who have previously played at the Learn to Play or Recreational levels. As program director and head instructor, Alyssa Gagliardi will combine fun, high-energy, skill-based practices at Wake Competition Center with off-ice training, weekly lectures, and goal-setting activities to help the participants grow into strong young women as well as talented players.

SPRING 2022 REGISTRATION - NOW OPEN!

Our Spring 2022 Registration is now open! Click here to register. 

The Spring program will be modified to 1x/week (Wednesdays 5:30pm - 6:30pm at Wake Competition Center) for a total of 8 on-ice sessions. Please note there are limited spots available.

Spring Program Schedule:

  1. Wednesday, April 6th - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  2. Wednesday, April 13th - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  3. Wednesday, April 20th - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  4. Wednesday, April 27th - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  5. Wednesday, May 4th - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  6. Wednesday, May 11th - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  7. Wednesday, May 18th - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
  8. Wednesday, May 25th  - 5:30pm - 6:30pm


This program is for girls ages 6-12 who are currently playing in Polar House Hurricanes or have competed Lil Canes 1, 2 or the Hurricanes First Goal Program.
 

OUR WHY

"Making the game of hockey inclusive for everyone has always been at the forefront of the Hurricanes organization. The opportunity to create a program for young girls at the introductory and recreational levels of hockey to play with peers and develop not only hockey skills, but skills such as teamwork and self-confidence, is a game-changer for future generations. The goal of the Canes Girls Youth Hockey program is to provide an all-girls environment to continue to foster the love of the game, build friendships, and help ensure young girls have female role models to look up to in the sport.” - Alyssa Gagliardi
 

The Women's Sports Foundation identified the top 5 reasons girls enjoy playing sports:

1. A way to make friends and spend time with them

2. Feeling a part of a team

3. Being active

4. Gaining new skills and improving existing ones

5. Building confidence

These reasons will all be the cornerstones of CANES Girls Youth Hockey!

“Expanding access to youth hockey in North Carolina has always been important to our organization,” said Waddell. “Girls’ hockey in the area has been expanding rapidly in recent years, and we want to do everything we can to support that growth and retention.”

Program Details & Offerings

  • On-Ice: Weekly on-ice sessions focused on skill development, teamwork, and fun. All on-ice sessions will be held at the Wake Competition Center, the Carolina Hurricanes official practice facility.
     
  • Coaching Staff: All-female coaching staff, including professional and collegiate homegrown talent.
     
  • Off-Ice: Off-ice sessions built to develop strength, physical literacy, athleticism, and confidence with professional coaches.
     
  • Goal-Setting: Goal-setting exercises to help girls develop growth mindsets and build self-confidence.
     
  • Access to Role Models: Virtual Q&A sessions with women's professional players and other female role models.
     
  • Big Sister/Little Sister Program: CANES Girls Youth Hockey players will be paired with female players in the Jr. Canes travel organization for further mentorship, friendship, and on-ice support. 
     
  • CANES Gear: Program jerseys, hockey bags, socks, and CANES branded item

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Alyssa Gagliardi