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Learn to Play: First Goal

The Hurricanes are extremely excited to open registration once again on May 1, 2021, at 9 am ET right here on this site. Most locations will host two groups of 40 skaters each. Groups will skate for one hour each week. 

We are dedicated to providing another Gold Standard learn-to-play hockey program during the summer of 2021 and can't wait to introduce your child to our amazing sport!


Polar Ice House Wake Forest - Sunday Afternoons - July 11 - Aug 15

Polar Ice Plex - Wednesday Nights - July 7 - August 11

Polar Ice House Garner - Friday Nights - July 9 - August 13

Polar Ice House Cary - Saturday Afternoons - July 10 - August 14

Wake Competition Center - Saturday Mornings -  July 10 - August 14
One group will be Girls only and the other group will be co-ed.

Hillsborough Sportsplex - Sunday Afternoons - July 11 - August 15

Greensboro Ice House - Saturdays - July 10 - August 14

Cleland Ice Rink, Ft. Bragg - Sundays - July 11 - August 15

Charlotte Bojangles Arena - Wednesdays - September 15 - October 20

Note: You will skate at the same facility and time for 6 consecutive weeks! Sessions are 1 hour each week.


The Carolina Hurricanes First Goal Program Assisted by Carvana 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 5-9* (birth years 2012-2016) with hockey equipment as well as the opportunity to enjoy instructional hockey sessions.

*We will allow any first-time child who is 10 years (birth year 2011) of age this year only as the program was canceled last summer and we want to be sure they get the opportunity as well.

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

  • helmet
  • shoulder, elbow, and shin pads
  • gloves
  • pants
  • socks
  • skates
  • jersey
  • equipment bag
  • stick

The weekly Learn-to-Play sessions take place in July and August over a six-week span. Also, each participant receives two tickets to a Hurricanes home game (date TBD), 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 your choice!

Rinks we will be visiting in year four of this program: Polar Ice House locations in Cary, Garner and Wake Forest, Polar Ice Plex, Orange County Sportsplex in Hillsborough, Cleland Ice Rink at Ft. Bragg, Greensboro Ice House, Bojangles Arena - Charlotte, and the Brand New Wake Competition Center facility in Morrisville.

For more information, contact Shane Willis,  Manager of Youth and Amateur Hockey, at