Panther Paws Hockey Development
Panther Paws classes cover skating & hockey basics for youngsters ages 3 & up. Class is dedicated to skill development through drills & on ice games. Panther Paws consists of 6 levels or groups where skaters begin in Group 1 & progress as they improve in their skating & hockey skills. Based on prior experience, skaters may be moved to a higher group but all must begin in Group 1. All groups play a cross-ice game on the Main Arena at the end of each session.
Summer Session Has Begun!
Skaters are taught 10 skills during the session. As skaters become stronger in their skating, the skills they’re learning become slightly more challenging. It is important skaters learn each skill properly and consistently so they have more success as they move up groups. Skaters are evaluated at the end of the session and either move to the next group, remain in the current group or get put into an "advanced" group of their current group. Please see the evaluation form below that is used for each group.
Hockey skates can be rented from the front desk weekly or families can provide their own. A hockey helmet with cage is required for Groups 1 and 2. Group 3 additionally requires a hockey stick. Full equipment with exception to shoulder pads is required for Groups 4-6. As pucks are used, full equipment is necessary for the safety of skaters.
Little Blackhawks Information
The Little Blackhawks program is currently suspended. We hope to have Little Blackhawks return during our 2022-23 season!
Little Blackhawks is a once a week Learn to Play program for kids ages 5-9 who have some prior skating experience. In partnership with the Chicago Blackhawks, NHL & NHLPA, participants receive on-ice instruction from our experienced rink coaches. Each player receives a hockey bag with a helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, pants, shin guards. socks, a jersey, stick and skates!