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Learn to Play Hockey (Open to Girls & Boys)

Open to GIRLS and BOYS - St. Louis Little Blues & St. Louis Blues Girls Hockey Development League Participants Welcome!


Our Learn to Play program is a fun way for girls and boys to get introduced to the sport of ice hockey!

We offer most of the gear for a small deposit that is returned when you return the gear, so this program is a great way to allow your player to test out the sport without the financial commitment. Our goals are to develop a fun learning experience while teaching the very basics of the sport of hockey. We will cover both skating and puck skills while progressing in a fun manner. Our certified on-ice coaches get the children to develop through a variety of practice drills and fun informal games.



  • March 19th, 2021 - April 16th, 2021
  • Classes are held on Fridays.
  • 6:30pm (start) - 7:30pm (end)
  • 5 sessions for $70
  • Registration opens February 28th, 2021
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Registration for Winter Session # 1 is now open.
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DATES: January 8th - February 26th for 5 weeks.
There is NO CLASS on January 15th, February 5th and February 12th.

TIMES: Starts 6:30PM (1 Hour)


COST:  $70 program cost

  • Cost does not include USA Hockey membership or equipment, which is required. USA Hockey membership is good for one year and must be renewed by every August.

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED: Participants will need a full set of hockey equipment, including skates and stick. Please see our Equipment details below.

SKATING SKILL LEVEL: Participants will need to have passed Sam 2 or Basic 2. See below for specifics. Please reach out if you have questions.


All sessions will be held at the new Maryville University Hockey Center, located in the Chesterfield Valley.

18383 Chesterfield Airport Rd.

It is directly behind the Comfort Inn & Suites hotel. Use the driveway to the very right of the hotel.


Please reach out to Information@MaryvilleUHC.com if you have any questions. The Maryville University Hockey Center (MaryvilleUHC) is owned and operated by the Chesterfield Hockey Association.


Isn’t Ice Hockey Expensive?
We know there is a perception that hockey can be expensive. While the cost of ice per hour and hockey equipment drives much of this perception, Chesterfield Hockey wants to make sure every child who has an interest in trying out hockey, has that opportunity. Our low introductory price along with our equipment rental program is designed to allow parents and children an opportunity to try ice hockey at an extremely reasonable cost.

How Safe is Hockey?
While all sports include some level of risk, ice hockey is very safe if played in the correct manner. In Ice Hockey, children are required to wear protective gear that covers much of their body, so while the risk is not zero, it is greatly reduced.

Additionally all players are required to register and become a member with USA Hockey. Membership with USA Hockey includes insurance. Read more about USA Hockey Membership Benefits.

How Old Does My Child Have to Be?
Our Learn to Play program is designed for children 4 and older, and this is usually the average age that signs up. That said, if you have a child who is much older and wants to try hockey out for the first time, they are also welcome.

Pre-Requisite: Will You Teach My Child How To Skate?
While our program is certainly designed to help improve a child’s skating abilities, we do require children have passed a Sam 3 or Basic 2 level skating class before signing up. Since the fundamentals of playing hockey involve skating, we want to make sure children who have an interest in playing are starting off correctly with the tools to succeed. 

Please see our Learn to Skate website (on our Maryville University Hockey Center webpage) for information on Learn to Skate classes. You may also reach out to our Learn to Skate Director, Melody Carper, if you would like to ask her specific questions.

My Child Plays Multiple Sports, How Flexible is Hockey?
Our Learn to Play program typically meets once a week. While our programs for older kids will meet more frequently, it is important to know we encourage kids to play multiple sports. Chesterfield Hockey offers different levels of programs at different intensity level based on skillsets, desires and cost. This allows us to offer a vast range of programs to match the interest level of our club members.

What are your different levels of play after Learn to Play?
Once you become “indoctrinated” to Ice Hockey, you may start hearing age group terms like “Mini-Mites (6U)”, “Mites (8U)”, “Squirts (10U)”, “PeeWees (12U)”, “Bantams (14U)” & “Midgets (16U & 18U)” along with programs like “ADM”, “GRHL”, “Missouri Hockey Travel”, and “Central States”. Fear not, we’ll explain it all.

Is there any travel involved?
Not at the Learn to Play level. As children get older, there is the possibility of travel involved (either to different rinks in the St. Louis area OR out of town), but all of this is tied to the program level they sign up for and the individual teams. Again Chesterfield Hockey offers programs for all skills and desires, including a program that involves no travel if that is your desire. For the Learn to Play level though, you don’t need to worry about it.

I would like to rent the hockey equipment, what is included and who do I contact? Our equipment rental program offers much but not all of the required equipment for a deposit cost of $150 (refundable after returning of the equipment). Rental equipment items are subject to stock availability.

Items Included (subject to availability):

  • Gloves
  • Shin pads
  • Pants
  • Elbow pads
  • Shoulder pads
  • Bag
  • Jersey

Items NOT Included: (Must be independently purchased or acquired).

  • Skates
  • Stick
  • Hockey Socks (to go over shin pads)
  • Cup
  • Helmet
  • Mouth Guard

We recommend buying these items at Pure Hockey, located near Lowes in Chesterfield Valley.

If you are interested in renting equipment, see below:

Next Equipment Fitting Sessions

  • Please bring a check (we can not accept cash or credit cards) made payable to Chesterfield Hockey Association for $150.
  • The equipment fitting session will be on:
    • Details coming soon.