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Intro to Hockey

Is Your Child Interested in Learning to Play Hockey?

We have just the program for you!  It's our INTRO TO HOCKEY, a learn to play program for Boys & Girls, ages 4 to 11 who can skate a little (or not at all) and want to give hockey a try.

The Intro to Hockey program is a great way for first year skaters to learn the exciting game of hockey.

Cost is $30.  


  1. Four Intro to Hockey on-ice sessions
  2. Six ice skating lessons with the City of Apple Valley
  3. Partial hockey equipment package

To register, please click the online registration link below.

2019 Intro to Hockey Schedule

The 2019 Intro to Hockey Program will be split up into four, 1 hour on-ice sessions.  This is a learn to play program for boys and girls , ages 4-11 who can skate a little (or not at all) and want to give hockey a try. This program is a great way for first year skaters to learn the exciting game of hockey!

The Apple Valley Hockey Association and the Burnsville Hockey Club have established co-op teams again for the 2019-2020 season! This means skaters in our Intro to Hockey program will have a chance to skate as Firehawks! All for one, one for all!

Fall Sessions (times are subject to change):

  • Sunday, October 6, 2019 - 3:30pm or 4:45pm at Hayes
  • Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 12:10pm or 1:20pm at BIC, Rink 2
  • Sunday, October 13, 2019 - 1:40pm or 2:50pm at BIC, Rink 2
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 5:45pm or 7:00pm at Hayes

All sessions are one hour. Kids will be split into two groups based on age or skill level.

Skating Lessons Schedule

For the first 30 to register, ice skating lessons are included!  The lessons are provided by the City of Apple Valley and paid for by AVHA as part of your registration.  These are the same lessons as offered by the city if you were to go direct.

  • September 9
  • September 16
  • September 23
  • September 30
  • October 7
  • October 14

All sessions are 6:00pm-7:30pm at Hayes Arena in Apple Valley


A partial equipment package is included with registration.  This includes helmet, shin guards, breezers(pants), shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves & athletic protector.  Player may keep equipment if they register for the season.

Player must provide: hockey skates, stick, and mouth guard.

Practice jersey and hockey socks also included in registration. 

After registering, you will receive an email with a voucher to Westwood Sports.  Bring the voucher in to the store and they will help outfit your player with the necessary equipment.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible for this program?

  • Boys and girls ages 4-11 who have NOT played organized hockey previously.
  • Birth date between 7/1/15 and 7/1/08
  • Players must live in the Apple Valley High School attendance area or open enroll to an AVHS feeder school.
  • Any skating ability - NO need to know how to skate.

Can I keep the equipment package?

  • The equipment is yours to keep if you register the player for the regular season by last day of this program.

We love hockey - how do I register for the regular hockey season?

  • See the registration tab on the top of the website.  Mites for Pre-K through 3rd grade and traveling for older.

More Information

For more information about the Intro to Hockey program please contact us using the link below:

AVHA Recruitment