PROGRAM IN GENERAL
The Knights Hockey Association has been teaching Learn To Play hockey in Toronto for over 50 years with the original sessions (and still ongoing) at the historic St. Michaels College Arena. The program has grown to include other sessions at the York Mills and Pleasantview arenas. The Learn To Play program has been recognized as one of the best in Toronto allowing the players to progress to the House League, Select or GTHL level of hockey depending on their skill level.
Each of the Knights Learn to Play programs operated by the Knights Hockey Association share the same philosophy of quality introductory skating and hockey instruction in a fun, supportive and nurturing environment. The programs are run by experienced coaching staff, and have established a strong continuity of drills and progressions as the children move from level to level in preparation for House League and Select hockey. The program is structured by grouping children with their peers in skill level after several weeks of careful assessment and skill evaluation. This enables the children to advance over the course of the year through pre-determined progressions from basic skating to hockey skills to hockey games, in preparation for House League and Select hockey in the Tyke and Minor Novice divisions.
St Michaels College LTP
The Knights have been teaching learn to play hockey in Toronto for over 50 years at historic St. Michaels College Arena (Bathurst and St. Clair). The fee for the St. Mike’s program is currently higher than other LTP sessions for the following reasons:
- The St. Mike’s program is run by an experienced coaching staff, all advanced certified by Hockey Canada and certified as hockey trainers. These coaches have been coaching Learn To Play and advanced ages through to the midget level for many years and have established a strong continuity of drills to allow the players to progress through various levels.
- St. Mike’s Arena is a private arena with a higher rental cost than for a city rink. However, it has a larger ice surface for full ice drills and scrimmages and a family friendly environment with hockey history. It also has spacious dressing rooms and is a warm arena with comfortable seating to view the sessions.
Extended Learn to Play
This program is for players aged 8-14 who can already skate but have not played organized hockey. Skills are developed in a fun, low stress environment. Most players enter House League the following year. Some players stay in the program for a couple years; in some cases where the player develops quickly and there is room within the House League, they may be moved during their first year.
Time: Saturday 10:00am
Location: Pleasantview Arena