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Learn to Play

Learn to Play Hockey

Each week players develop their skills during practice 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

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.

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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.

Fall I 2023 Session Information

Fall I Session Dates

  • RecPlex Location
    • Start Date: Tuesday, September 5, 2023
    • End Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
  • Top Shelf Location
    • Start Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2023
    • End Date: Monday, October 30, 2023

Registration for the Fall I session is open.  Click the link below to complete your registration.


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