The NHL announced the adaptation of the Learn to Play Program on a League-wide basis.  The initiative provides kids between the ages of 4 and 8 free head-to-toe equipment, age-appropriate instruction and certified coaching, led by NHL alumni.

The Learn to Play initiative was developed jointly by the League and the NHL Players’ Association to offer more families a chance to experience youth hockey.

“The Learn to Play program from our perspective is all about reducing cost barriers and casting a wider net for first-time hockey participants, introducing the sport to people who may not have had an opportunity absent this program,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement.

The program, based on successful repetition, is in eight NHL markets.