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Hurricanes First Goal Program

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

Thanks to Andrei Svechnikov's Generous support of the program,  the Hurricanes will donate $37 from every registration and give back to the Hurricanes Cap City Crew program. This program provides the sport of hockey to kids from local Boys and Girls Clubs who may not get the opportunity otherwise!

Our First Goal program has introduced hockey to over 3800 young boys and girls since 2016!

The Hurricanes First Goal Program is BACK for the Summer of 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 2:45 pm & 4:00 pm) - July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4 & 11
Polar Ice Raleigh (Wednesdays 6:00 pm & 7:00 pm) - July 10, 17, 24, 31, Aug 7 & 14
Polar Ice Garner (Fridays 6:15 pm & 7:30 pm) - July 12, 19, 26, Aug 2, 9, & 16
Polar Ice Cary (Saturdays 2:45 pm & 4:00 pm) - July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10
Polar Ice Wilmington (Saturdays 4 - 5 pm) - July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, & 10
Invisalign Arena  (Saturdays 8:00 am, 9:15 am, 10:30 am) July 6, 13, 20, 27, Aug 3,  & 10. - 10:30 am is Girls only session!
Hillsborough Sportsplex (Sundays 3:00 pm) - July 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, & 18
Greensboro Ice House (Thursdays 5:30 pm) - July 18, 25, Aug 1, 8, 15, & 22
Cleland Ice Rink, Ft. Bragg - Unavailable due to rink Maintenence
Charlotte Bojangles Arena (Sept/Oct) - TBD on Day & Time

The weekly Learn-to-Play sessions take place in July and August over six weeks.

Program Benefits:

  • Each participant will receive six hours of on-ice training. Each ice session is one hour in length.
  • Two tickets to a Hurricanes home game (date choices TBD by the Hurricanes)
  •  A  graduation certificate, once the program is complete. Then families are given next-step opportunities for their new hockey players to continue learning the game at the facility of their choice!
  • 25% off the purchase of a Kids Club Membership, which gives kids the opportunity to skate on the ice at PNC!

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,  all fitted by Pure Hockey, including. You keep all items received in the program: 

- 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