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Learn to Play

Learn to Play Hockey

The program was developed to give busy families maximum flexibility while at the same time providing young players additional ice time. Each week players develop their skills during practice (Tuesday/Friday) and execute them in cross-ice scrimmages on Sunday. Attend as many sessions or as few as you want for one price. 

Hockey Learn to Skate

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

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

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.

Vipers Prospects

Vipers Prospects is for players looking to make the jump to a Vipers travel or House team this upcoming Spring season. This class will meet 2x each week. Classes will be taught by Vipers Travel Skill's Coordinators. A recommendation from the Hockey School staff is encouraged for all players looking to advance to the Vipers Prospects group.

REGISTER: Learn to Play Hockey Winter 2023 Session Registration

Click the link above to complete your registration for the Winter 2023 session of classes!


Please direct any questions to: 

Tim Kinsman

Vipers Hockey Director

Phone: (847) 856-1064

Laura Baran

Top Shelf Ice Arena Rink Manager

Phone: (847) 856-1064