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Lightning Made Learn to Play

Program Overview

The NHL and the NHLPA have partnered with the Tampa Bay Lightning to provide a low-cost opportunity for kids to try hockey for the first time. During the 2020-21 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. Children will receive their own complete set of CCM hockey equipment to keep as they progress into a next-step hockey program. 


Program Details & Registration

*Please review prior to registering your child

  • To be eligible for the Lightning Learn to Play Program, children registering must be between the ages of 5-10
  • The Lightning Learn to Play Program is intended for children who have not participated in an organized hockey program before. Children with their own hockey equipment and/or those who play/have played organized hockey in the past are ineligible

Program Information

  • The Lightning Learn to Play Program registration fee is $175 per child. This covers the cost of the eight instructor sessions, and full set of equipment (including skates).
  • Participants must have completed a Learn to Skate program at a local rink before signing up for the Lightning Learn to Play Program.

    CLICK HERE to register for the Lightning Learn to Play program today!

What's Included

Head-to-toe equipment for registered participants. Each participant will receive the following new Lightning customized equipment to call their own:

  • Ice Hockey Helmet
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
  • Ice Hockey Skates
  • Hockey Gloves
  • Hockey Pants
  • Shin Guards
  • Customized Lightning Jersey
  • Socks
  • Stick
  • Equipment Bag

In addition to the equipment provided, we recommend that you purchase a mouth guard and athletic supporter.

Upon completion of the Learn to Play program, participants will be able to keep the equipment.


Where to Play


2020/21 Winter Learn to Play Session

Host Rink Rink Address Session Day Dates/Time Cost Registration
Advent Health Center Ice 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 Winter Sunday TBD $175 Coming Soon!
Clearwater Ice Arena 13940 Icot Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33760 Winter Saturday Begins Jan. 23rd at 9:00 am $175 Click here to register
Daytona Ice Arena 2400 S Ridgewood Ave #63d, South Daytona, FL 32119 Winter Saturday Begins Jan. 9th at 9:00 am $175 Click here to register
Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex 5309 29th St E, Ellenton, FL 34222 Winter Saturday Begins Jan. 16th at 8:00 am $175 Click here to register
Hertz Arena 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, FL 33928 Winter Thursday N/A $175 Coming Soon!
Lakeland Ice Arena 3395 W Memorial Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33815 Winter Saturday Begins Dec. 12th at 12:00 pm $175 Click here to register
Power Pole Arena, Home of Xtra Ice 6910 Asphalt Ave Tampa FL 33614 Winter Sunday Begins Jan. 10th at 12:00 pm $175 Click here to register
GIRLS ONLY - Tampa Bay Skating Academy 255 Forest Lakes Blvd, Oldsmar, FL 34677 Winter Sunday Begins Jan. 10th at 9:15 am $175 Click here to register
Tampa Bay Skating Academy 255 Forest Lakes Blvd, Oldsmar, FL 34677 Winter Sunday Begins Jan. 10th at 9:15 am $175 Click here to register
TGH Ice Plex 10222 Elizabeth Pl, Tampa, FL 33619 Winter Friday TBD $175 Coming Soon!

Next Steps to Learn to Play

Has your child already completed the Lightning Made Learn to Play program and are you looking for what to do next? Join our Lightning Made Rookie League! Lightning Made Rookie League (LMRL) is a next steps program for young players who are preparing to participate in a local hockey league. LMRL is an 8-week program for ages 5-12 years old and is coached by Lightning Alumni and Staff. For more information, CLICK HERE.