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Learn to Play Hockey

Learn to Play Hockey

 Each week players develop their skills during practice (Tuesday/Thursday) and execute them in cross-ice scrimmages on Sunday (Intro to Hockey and Hockey School have a scrimmage day on Sunday mornings). Attend as many sessions or as few as you want for one price. 

Ice Explorers Class - Click Here

Ages 2-4. This is an introductory class for toddlers who are not quite ready to get on the ice, but can participate in age appropriate off-ice activities with other future skaters. Once they are ready to take the ice, they will transition to the Hockey Learn to Skate classes. This class takes place at the RecPlex Only.

Hockey Learn to Skate - Click Here

Ages 3-8. This class is for brand new skaters with no skating experience. Class focuses on balance, getting up and down without assistance, beginner stride, beginner edge-work, and entry level hockey skating skills. Classes meet for two 30-minute sessions per week. Minimum equipment needed is skates and a helmet. This class is run at both RecPlex and Top Shelf ice Arena in Gurnee, IL.

Intro to Hockey - Click Here

Ages 3-9. This class is for skaters with basic skating skills who want to continue to learn to learn basic to intermediate skating techniques while feeling like a hockey player! Along with skating skills, basic skills with a puck will start to be introduced. Classes meet for three 30-minute sessions per week. Players wear full equipment. This class is run at both RecPlex and Top Shelf Ice Arena in Gurnee, IL.

Hockey School - Click Here

Ages 4-12. Hockey School focuses on the main skills of skating, puck-handling, and shooting that will be needed before joining a hockey team. Classes are taught by our Hockey School staff that keep each drill fun and competitive. Hockey School meets for three, 50-minute classes per week. Two sessions are suggested before joining a hockey team. Players wear full equipment. This class is run at the RecPlex Only.

Summer I Session Information

Summer I Session Dates

  • Top Shelf Location
    • Start Date: Monday, May 8, 2023
    • End Date: Saturday, July 1, 2023
      • NO CLASS: 5/29
  • RecPlex Location
    • Start Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2023
    • End Date: Sunday, July 2, 2023
      • NO CLASS: 5/29, 6/11, 6/15, 6/25

Summer II 2023 Session Information

Summer II Session Dates

  • Top Shelf Location
    • Start Date:  Wednesday, July 5, 2023
    • End Date: Monday, August 28, 2023
  • RecPlex Location
    • Start Date: Wednesday, July 5, 2023
    • End Date: Monday, August 28, 2023
      • NO CLASS: 7/23, 8/13, 8/20

Registration for the Summer II Session is open.  Click the link below for more information and to complete your registration.


Please direct any questions to: 

Roy Perfetti

Ice Arena Ops Coordinator, Hockey Director for Vipers House and Learn to Play

Phone: 847-287-6273

Kelsey Watermann

Ice Arena Services Coordinator

Phone: 2629473623