The Charlotte Checkers today announced that they will be hosting the Carolina Hurricanes’ First Goal youth hockey program at Bojangles’ Coliseum starting Tuesday, Sept. 12.
Registration is now open for the program, which provides children ages 4-8 who are first-time participants in hockey with brand-new, Carolina Hurricanes-branded equipment and seven on-ice instructional hockey sessions – all for just $97. Former Hurricanes players will help run the on-ice sessions, which will be held over seven consecutive weeks, and all participants will receive a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, shin pads, socks, skates, a jersey, an equipment bag and a stick, plus two tickets to both a Hurricanes game and a Checkers game.
“We are thrilled to be able to use our great home facility at Bojangles’ Coliseum to help grow the game in our community,” said Checkers Chief Operating Officer Tera Black. “We look forward to taking more of a hands-on role in the development of Charlotte-area youth hockey in the near future.”
“We are pleased to support the First Goal program at Bojangles’ Coliseum,” says Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) CEO Tom Murray. “Our partnership with the Charlotte Checkers combined with the decades of hockey history our venue has hosted, make this youth program a natural fit. We’re eager to ignite a passion for hockey with this next generation of players and fans.”
The program, a joint initiative between the Carolina Hurricanes, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association in conjunction with the league-wide Learn to Play program, is designed to create a fun and effective program and to reduce cost barriers for first-time participants (those who have not previously been registered to a USA Hockey or Hockey Canada sanctioned minor program).