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Girls Hockey

Tampa Bay Lightning Girls Hockey

The Tampa Bay Lightning are committed to providing girls within Florida and the Tampa Bay Area a safe, competitive environment to grow their individual hockey skills while promoting the enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of hockey. 

Questions?

Have a question about Girls Hockey? Contact us! 

Kelley Steadman

Hockey Development Coordinator - Girls Hockey

Aaron Humphrey

Hockey Development Manager

Girls Only Thanksgiving Clinic

We will be holding a one day Thanksgiving clinic for girls!

  • When: Monday, November 21st from approx. 9am-3pm
  • Where: Power Pole Arena - Home of Xtra Ice
  • Ages: 5-10 age group and 11-16 age group
  • Cost: $100 and includes a themed jersey!
  • 2 on ice session and 1 off ice session for each age group
  • All skill levels are welcome!

GIRLS ONLY TRY HOCKEY FOR FREE

Try Hockey For Free allows girls to try on hockey equipment and spend an hour learning the very basics on how to stand up, skate, and pass a puck. We provide the equipment for the hour session, as well as basic instruction, and the best part, is it's completely FREE.

We would love introduce your daughter to hockey and help her fall in love with the sport!


Upcoming Try Hockey For Free Sessions

Host Rink Rink Address Session Day Dates/Time Cost Registration
GIRLS ONLY - Power Pole Arena 6910 Asphalt Ave Tampa FL 33614 September Saturday September 24th from 5:40pm - 6:40pm FREE SOLD OUT

Girls Only Learn to Skate

The Tampa Bay Lightning are excited to launch our FIRST session of Girls Only Learn to Skate! The Learn to Skate will take place at PowerPole Arena, Home of Xtra ice which is located at 6910 Asphalt Ave., Tampa, FL 33614. 

The Lightning Learn to Skate is a beginner program for youth hockey players who are just learning how to skate for the first time. This program is 8 weeks and is for Girls Only ages 5-10 years old. It is a great way to get new hockey players the feel of skating!

Upcoming Learn to Skate Sessions

Host Rink Rink Address Session Day Dates/Time Cost Registration
GIRLS ONLY - Power Pole Arena 6910 Asphalt Ave Tampa FL 33614 Fall Session 1 Sunday Begins Oct. 2nd from 1:10pm-1:50pm $75 SOLD OUT
GIRLS ONLY - Power Pole Arena 6910 Asphalt Ave Tampa FL 33614 Fall Session 2 Sunday Begins Oct. 2nd from 2:00pm - 2:50pm $75 SOLD OUT
GIRLS ONLY - Power Pole Arena 6910 Asphalt Ave, Tampa FL Winter Session 1 Sunday Begins Jan. 8th: 1:10pm-2:00pm $75 SOLD OUT
GIRLS ONLY - Power Pole Arena 6910 Asphalt Ave, Tampa FL Winter Session 2 Sunday Begins Jan. 8th 2:00pm - 2:50pm $75 Click here for WINTER SESSION 2 sign up

Girls Only Learn to Play

The NHL and the NHLPA have partnered with the Tampa Bay Lightning to provide a low-cost opportunity for Girls to try hockey for the first time. During the 2021-22 hockey season, more than 800 boys and girls (age 5-10) will discover the sport of hockey for the first time through the Lightning Learn to Play Hockey Program. This program will be offered in multiple rinks throughout Florida.

The program will consist of eight (8) hour long on-ice training sessions over the course of eight (8) consecutive weeks. Sessions will take place on Sundays, beginning October 2nd from 3:00pm - 4:00pm. Girls will receive their own complete set of CCM hockey equipment to keep as they progress into a next-step hockey program. 


Upcoming Learn to Play Sessions

Host Rink Rink Address Session Day Dates/Time Cost Registration
GIRLS ONLY - Power Pole Arena, Home of Xtra Ice 6910 Asphalt Ave Tampa FL 33614 Fall Sunday Begins Oct. 2nd at 3:00pm $250 Click here to Learn to Play with Girls Only
GIRLS ONLY - Power Pole Arena, Home of Xtra Ice 6910 Asphalt Ave Tampa FL 33614 Winter Sunday Begins Jan. 8th at 2:20 pm $250 Click here to Learn to Play with Girls Only
GIRLS ONLY - Power Pole Arena, Home of Xtra Ice 6910 Asphalt Ave Tampa FL 33614 Spring Sunday Begins March 28th at 2:20 pm $250 Click here to Learn to Play with Girls Only

Girls Only Rookie League

Lightning Made Girls Only Rookie League is for girls who have completed a Learn to Play program and are looking to take their game to the next level.

The program will consist of 10, one hour on-ice training sessions over the course of 10 consecutive weeks on Sundays from 4:10pm - 5:10pm

All sessions will include skill development as well as game play.

Upcoming Girls Only Rookie League

Host Rink Rink Address Session Day Dates/Time Cost Registration
GIRLS ONLY - Power Pole Arena, Home of Xtra Ice 6910 Asphalt Ave Tampa FL 33614 Fall Sunday Begins Oct. 2nd from 4:10pm - 5:10pm $250 Click here to register for Girls Only Rookie League

Girls Only Elite Development Program

Lightning Made Girls Only Elite Development is for girls age 12 - 16 who are looking to take their skills to the next level in a 10 week, on ice and off ice program.

*This program is for experienced players, who play rec or travel, but have been playing for at least 4-5 years and are currently on a competitive team.

Lightning Made Girls Only Elite Development is taught by former U.S. Women's National Team member Kelley Steadman and staff and consists of 1 hour of on ice instruction including skills and game-like situations, as well as a 45 minute off ice training session.

Location: Power-Pole Arena, Home of Xtra Ice, 6910 Asphalt Ave, Tampa, FL, 33614

Duration: 10 weeks, every Sunday, beginning October 2nd

Time: Off ice - 4:00pm-4:45pm. On ice - 5:20pm - 6:20pm

Girls Only Elite Development Program

Host Rink Rink Address Session Day Dates/Time Cost Registration
GIRLS ONLY - Power Pole Arena, Home of Xtra Ice 6910 Asphalt Ave Tampa FL 33614 Fall Sunday Begins Oct. 2nd from 4pm - 6:20pm $250 Click here to register for Girls Only Elite Development

Girls Only Coaches

  • Kelley Steadman - Kelley is a 3x World Champion with Team USA, a CWHL champion, a former Buffalo Beauts star and a Mercyhurst hockey alum.

 

  • Kathryn Tomaselli - Kat is a 4-year graduate from Union College in Schenectady, New York. She was the captain her Senior Year. Kat also played for The Boston Pride of the PHF Hockey from 2016-2019.

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  • Melissa Black - From Newmarket, Ontario, Mel played her freshman season at Union College where she won the George Morrison MVP and Rookie of the Year awards! After her freshman year, she transferred to the University of Vermont and was a 3 year starter for the Catamounts.

Girl Scouts Ball Hockey Clinics

Lightning Made Hockey will be hosting quarterly ball hockey clinics in conjunction with the Girl Scouts at the Lightning Made Training Center! The clinics will be a hour long taught by a Tampa Bay Lightning Alumni, and are open to all skill levels and ages. 

Upcoming Clinics:

  • September 17th at 2:00 pm

For information on upcoming Girl Scouts Ball Hockey clinics and how to register, please email Kelley Steadman at KSteadman@viniksportsgroup.com.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why should my daughter play with an all-girls team as opposed to a co-ed team?

We understand that your daughter may be competing at a higher level against higher skill level players and we do not want to deter you from that choice. That is of course your decision to make.

However, let us ask you how much of a leadership role does she have on that team? Is she able to lead her line and teach those less skilled than her? Does she have an established role on that team or is she told to simply the boys and do what they do? What we found with this first year of our program was that these girls are developing into leaders and finding their own voice on the team. They are surrounded by their teammates in the locker room and not missing out on that team bonding experience. She will learn more about the game and given clear expectations for how she can help the team improve and succeed as well as given her own individual goals to grow and develop.

The reality is that girls and boys play a very different skilled style of game. Girls are required carry the puck more, complete more passes and typically be skilled on their feet. Since they cannot use their body to force their opponent off the puck, they must use their hands and feet while using quick decision making and a swift style. The game becomes faster for them and they learn more about the positional side of the game. The earlier she is able to learn this style of play, the more successful she will be later down the road when it comes to her future in girls' hockey.

Are parents able to jump on the ice and help with practice?

Only Tampa Bay Lightning employees will be allowed on the ice and/or the bench with our girls. While we appreciate parent volunteers, we ask that you focus on cheering for your daughter and supporting her hockey career.

All of our coaches are certified through USA Hockey. They have passed the mandatory background check, taken their SafeSport exam as well as studied the age-specific modules.

Girls Hockey Merchandise

When you purchase merchandise from our Squad Locker store, a portion of the proceeds go directly to Lightning Made Hockey to help benefit our Girls Hockey Programs!