The return of our game means the return of the NHL/NHLPA First Shift
program. The eighth season of NHL/NHLPA First Shift kicks off on Wednesday
in St. Catharines, Ont., and Hockey Canada, Bauer, the NHL and the NHLPA
are excited to help more kids fall in love with hockey.
The NHL/NHLPA First Shift program is designed to facilitate entry into
hockey by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, safe, and most
importantly, fun! Each program includes a full-set of Bauer equipment
properly fitted by experts, a welcome event and six on-ice sessions with
fun drills and great instructors.
This unique program is designed to ensure a positive experience for any
families that are new to the game. We want families to experience the game
at its best and provide a memorable and fun event to our participants.
As we head into our eighth season, here’s a look at NHL/NHLPA First Shift
by the numbers.
Para Hockey programs scheduled for this upcoming season. Since 2014, we
have run four Para Hockey First Shift events, meaning that by the end of
the 2021-22 season we will double the number of executed Para Hockey
On-ice sessions included in every NHL/NHLPA First Shift program. Each
on-ice session focuses on having fun and learning to play the game.
Canadian NHL teams participating in delivering the program. All seven
Canadian teams play a role in assisting with every First Shift event.
Seasons of the First Shift program. This is also the third year with the
NHL and NHLPA as partners.
Members across the country that host NHL/NHLPA First Shift programs. Each
of the 13 Hockey Canada Members work with local hockey associations from
coast to coast to coast to host events throughout the season.
Fit Experts that will be travelling across Canada during the 2021-22 season
to assist with welcome events. To date, 72 experts have travelled across
the country to help each participant get fit with their Bauer equipment to
All-girls programs scheduled for this upcoming season. Over the past seven
seasons, we have run 97 all-girls First Shift events.
NHL/NHLPA First Shift Programs scheduled for the 2021-22 season.
Programs that have run since 2014. This also includes two NHL/NHLPA First
Shift programs for participants with autism spectrum disorder.
Hours of on-ice sessions run through the NHL/NHLPA First Shift program.
Volunteers from local hockey associations, Members and NHL team staff that
have been involved with the First Shift program. Their support and
dedication have allowed the NHL/NHLPA First Shift program to run smoothly
Girls have participated in the NHL/NHLPA First Shift program.
Boys have participated in the NHL/NHLPA First Shift program.
Children, in total, have participated in the NHL/NHLPA First Shift program
since its launch in 2014.
Hours of support that have been provided by volunteers from local hockey
associations, Members and NHL team staff.
Pieces of Bauer equipment that have been used by NHL/NHLPA First Shift
participants. With our participants decked out head to toe in Bauer
equipment, they are ready to have fun and have a memorable experience on
for more information about the NHL/NHLPA First Shift program.