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Hurricanes First Goal Program

The Carolina Hurricanes First Goal Program is a partnership between the Carolina Hurricanes, the National Hockey League, and the National Hockey League Players' Association in conjunction with the league-wide Learn To Play program. The initiative provides first-time participants (boys and girls) aged 5-10 with hockey equipment as well as the opportunity to enjoy instructional hockey sessions. The 2024 program is sponsored by Invisalign, UNC Health, & Carolina Hurricanes forward, Andrei Svechnikov #37.

Our First Goal program has introduced hockey to over 3000 young boys and girls since 2016!

The Hurricanes First Goal Program will be back in Summer 2024! Registration Date - May 1st @ 12:01am. 

We are dedicated to providing another Gold Standard learn-to-play hockey program during the Summer of 2024 and can't wait to introduce your child to our amazing sport!

In preparation for First Goal and the introduction to hockey skills, we strongly recommend completing a Learn to Skate program at any of the local rinks.

*All groups are co-ed except the Girls Only group at Invisalign Arena.
Polar Ice Wake Forest (Sundays) - TBD
Polar Ice Raleigh (Wednesdays) - TBD
Polar Ice Garner (Fridays) - TBD
Polar Ice Cary (Saturdays) - TBD
Polar Ice Wilmington (Saturdays) - TBD
*Invisalign Arena at Wake Competition Center (Saturdays) - TBD
Hillsborough Sportsplex (Sundays) - TBD
Greensboro Ice House (Thursdays) - TBD
Cleland Ice Rink, Ft. Bragg (Sundays) - TBD
Charlotte Bojangles Arena (Wednesdays) - TBD

The weekly Learn-to-Play sessions take place in July and August over six weeks. Each participant will receive six hours of on-ice training, two tickets to a Hurricanes home game (date choices TBD by the Hurricanes), a Hurricanes Hockey Kids Club membership, and a graduation certificate. Once the program is complete, families are given next-step opportunities for their new hockey players to continue learning the game at the facility of their choice!
Sessions are 1 hour each week.

If you cannot make a session at the location you signed up for, you can attend a makeup session at any location at your convenience. Please notify the coaches when you arrive for check-in.

Participants are introduced to the game of hockey by Hurricanes alumni and receive brand-new Bauer equipment, Hurricanes branded Jersey, that you KEEP, all fitted by Pure Hockey, including: 

- Helmet

- Shoulder Pads

- Elbow Pads

- Shin Pads

- Gloves

- Pants

- Socks

- Skates

- Jersey

- Equipment Bag

- Stick

For more information contact

Shane Willis

Director of Youth Hockey & Community Outreach