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Jun. 1, 2018

DARTMOUTH —  Registration is now open for the 2018-19 instalments of Canada Tire First Shift program.

First introduced in 2014 as a pilot project, the Canadian Tire First Shift is a learn-to-play hockey program designed for kids aged 6-10 who are new to the game. Registration for the often sold-out program begins June 1 for the 2018-19 season in communities across all 13 Hockey Canada regional members.

With an emphasis on fun, the Canadian Tire First Shift allows kids ages 6-10 to easily try hockey for $199, which includes enrollment for a six-week, on-ice curriculum and head-to-toe Bauer Hockey equipment that each child can keep.   

Though the program has always been open to both boys and girls, the popularity of all-female Canadian Tire First Shift programs over the last two seasons has seen more all-girl programs carved out for 2018-19 — 22, to be exact. The 2018-19 season will see 136 programs delivered as part of the Fall session, and another 56 targeted for the Winter session.
Below is a complete list of the fall and winter programs that will be offered in Nova Scotia.
Sydney Minor Hockey Association
Cape Breton County Minor Hockey Association
South Colchester Minor Hockey Association
Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association
Metro West Force Female Hockey Association
Yarmouth County Minor Hockey Association
Acadia Minor Hockey Association

East Hants Minor Hockey Association
Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association
Metro West Force Female Hockey Association
Dartmouth Whalers Minor Hockey Association

To register for a Canadian Tire First Shift Program near you, please click here.
The Canadian Tire First Shift initiative began in 2014 with four pilot programs in Ontario and Nova Scotia, expanded the following year to 35 programs, and doubled to 81 programs delivered in the 2015-16 hockey season. In each of the last two seasons, an all-time high of 150 Canadian Tire First Shift programs were delivered in communities across the country, and two-time Olympic gold-medallists Marie-Philip Poulin and Jonathan Toews joined Mark Messier as Canadian Tire First Shift ambassadors.

To learn more about the Canadian Tire First Shift in your community and how to register, please visit Parent information resources on hockey in Canada can be found at Hockey Canada’s Pathway to Minor Hockey.

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