Are you new to hockey and looking for an introductory program for your child?  The First Shift may be just for you.

The Canadian Tire First Shift program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new to hockey families. This means breaking down the barriers that exist for many of these parents, and making them feel at home within our hockey community. The First Shift wants them to experience the game at its best – understanding why so many Canadians feel an inherent love for the sport – and stimulate a desire for continued participation.

The program helps take away any intimidation as it relates to the equipment and/or rules of the game, remove potential safety concerns and most importantly, give them an experience that’s memorable and fun.

The First Shift program is a unique experience designed to help your child fall in love with hockey before you buy all the gear. The six-week learn to play program focuses on having fun while learning basic skills.  Full head-to-toe equipment is included with registration, which is only $199.

The First Shift’s mission is to change the way hockey is offered, to inspire new families to join our community and enroll their kids in our sport. Because we believe in all that hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities, The First Shift was designed to break down barriers to entry by offering a program that is accessible, affordable, and most importantly, fun!

Hockey PEI is pleased that this coming season there will be three First Shift programs offered in the following locations:

  • Pownal Minor Hockey
  • Summerside Minor Hockey
  • Hockey PEI (Charlottetown region – this program will be an all-female program)

What is The Canadian Tire First Shift?

The First Shift is a program designed to ease kids and their families into the sport of hockey in a fun and friendly environment.   We begin with a Welcome Event, offering information and activities to help build kids’ confidence and make them, and their parents, more comfortable in the hockey environment.  The program includes 6 on ice sessions – one per week.  The focus for the on ice sessions is fun, teaching kids basic skating and fundamental hockey skills through play.

What does the registration fee ($199) include?

  • Welcome session- information, education and equipment fit session.
  • 6 on ice sessions – opportunity to partake in follow up First Shift programs.
  • Head to toe Bauer gear including: Helmet Combo including Facemask, Shoulder & Elbow Pads, Base Layer Top w/Neck Guard, Jersey, Pants, Socks, Shin Guards, Jock/Jill Under Protective Shorts (for boys & girls), Gloves, Stick & Skates

When does the Program start?

The First Shift welcome events will be held in October and on ice sessions will commence in late October or early November. Dates and times for each program will be released at a later date.

Who is eligible?

The First Shift is open to boys and girls, ages 6-10 who have never registered in hockey before. It is based on a first come first serve basis and the first 45 to register will qualify for the program.

How do I Register?

To learn more about The Canadian Tire First Shift or to register for a program, visit

For assistance or more information, feel free to contact Hockey PEI by e-mail at or contact the office by phone at 902-368-4334.


Hockey PEI
Ph: (902) 368-4334