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Learn to Play Hockey

Welcome to Black Bear Hockey! We are excited you're here to learn more about our introductory level programs! We're here to help you and your young player learn the sport together. Don't hesitate to ask a question because there's nothing we love more than talking, and talking, and talking, and talking about hockey!!


Free Clinics

The first option for learning to play is our free clinics. These are held a few times a season in 1-hour sessions. All of the gear is provided so there's absolutely no cost to you to get your player on the ice.

While you're there, you can talk to the coaches (and other parents) about the sport of hockey and learn how developing your young player with the Black Bears might be the right choice for you.

These free clinics are heavily focused on having fun while trying to stand on those thin blades and move in that clunky gear. Every accomplishment is celebrated, especially getting back up after a fall!

You are welcome to register for as many of the free clinics as you would like. We hope to see you there!

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2022 - 2023 FREE Clinics


Join us for one, or all, of the following dates to try hockey for free! Available to first-time players ages 4-9. All equipment is provided and fun and supportive instruction will be provided by Black Bears coaches.


Absolutely no experience is necessary and it's free! Sign up today!


August 21, 2022: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ The Ice Center - Waterbury, VT.


September 25, 2022: 1:15 PM -2:15 PM @ The Ice Center - Waterbury, VT.


October 23, 2022: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM @ The Ice Center - Waterbury, VT.


February 4, 2023: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM @ The Ice Center - Waterbury, VT.


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Introduction to Hockey is an excellent program that offers two practices per week starting in late October and ending at the end of January/beginning of February.

Your young athlete will participate in various skill-development stations and games and will learn the sport of hockey in a fun and supportive environment.

2022-23 season tuition is $175. USA Hockey Membership is required and is the first step as you'll need your USA Hockey Membership number on the Black Bears registration form.

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