Learn To Play Hockey

Learn to play the game of hockey from our professional instructors who are skilled at developing the on-ice performance that fits the needs of your player. We pride ourselves on our knowledge and teaching of hockey fundamentals. Our team will take the time to teach each player at their own pace so that they are able to properly develop their skills. Each one of our practice plans are designed by Certified USA Hockey Coaches who are dedicated to the success of player development. This program will have a strong focus on the skating techniques necessary to play the game of hockey but will also include proper puck handling, shooting and passing techniques while stressing proper body positioning and balance.  

For information about our Adult and Youth Learn to Play Hockey Programs, please contact Director of Hockey, David Rapp. 

Little Blues

In conjunction with the St. Louis Blues, the Centene Community Ice Center is pleased to host the Little Blues Program.

The St. Louis Blues have partnered with the NHL and NHLPA to provide a low cost seven-week program for kids to experience hockey for the first time through the Little Blues Learn-To-Play program.

This seven-week introduction to hockey program is intended for boys and girls ages 4 - 9 looking to who have not participated in organized ice hockey before. All sessions will take place at the Centene Community Ice Center, the official practice facility of the Blues. Two Little Blues sessions per year will take place at one of the local Illinois rinks.

The Little Blues program cost is $225 per child and includes six weeks of on ice practices taught by Blues Alumni, a Little Blues graduation and a complete set of hockey equipment. Little Blues participants are also automatically enrolled in the Blues Kids Club Program and will receive a complimentary 2020-21 package.

This program is intended for children who have not participated in an organized hockey program before. Children who have registered with a local Missouri Hockey association previously are not eligible to participate in this program.

Skating lessons are highly recommended before the start of the Little Blues Program.

Once registered, participants will attend a Pure Hockey equipment fitting event three weeks prior to the first ice session at the Centene Community Ice Center. Properly fit equipment is important for comfort, performance, & safety!

Equipment Kit

  • Little Blues jersey
  • Shoulder pads
  • Gloves
  • Elbow pads
  • Helmet
  • Shin guards
  • Hockey socks
  • Hockey stick
  • Equipment bag

Click here to register or learn more about the Little Blues Program

Little Blues Continue to Play

Continue to Play

If your Little Blues skater is not ready to join a hockey club, we will be offering Continue to Play at Centene Community Ice Center this fall. The program includes six weeks of 50 minute on ice sessions. All sessions will be on Sunday mornings to early afternoon.

September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, and October 17

Please contact Jessica Knox – Jknox@stlblues.com for registration into the “Little Blues Continue To Play” program for Fall 2021.

Future Draft Picks (Ages 4-9)

Future Draft Picks: (JAN 9 - FEB 13)

On-Ice Dates (Sundays): 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13

Time: 8:00 - 9:00 AM

This program is intended for individuals who are between the ages of 4-9 years old and have either completed Little Blues ‘Continue to Play’ or have participated in their local learn to play hockey program and are ready to take the next step in their hockey development. The program will include 30 minutes of skill development training and 20 minutes of cross ice hockey games. This program will prepare hockey players to make that jump from ‘Learn to Play’ to ‘League Play’.

In addition to your 'on-ice' training, each individual will receive 3 'off-ice' training sessions in the Bauer Skills Center, located on the USA Arena Mezzanine. The Bauer Skills Center has 2700 square feet of synthetic ice that includes multiple shooting ranges and digital puck handling games. The coaches from Elite Hockey Training will assist the players with their puck handling, passing and shooting skills while they are in their tennis shoes.


Girls Learn To Play (Ages 4-17)

Girls Learn to Play Hockey

Dates: 1/8/22 - 2/12/22

Day: Saturdays

Time: 9:10AM - 9:55AM

This program is dedicated to the growth of girls hockey in the St. Louis Area.  The program is intended for girls of all ages (4-17) who have not participated in organized ice hockey before.  Participants are allowed to enroll without any ice skating experience, however it is strongly recommended all individuals have basic skating fundamentals and/or have completed an introductory to skating class.

Once registered, participants will order Bauer Hockey equipment through Pure Hockey prior to the session.  Sizing charts will be readily available.  Properly fit equipment is important for comfort, performance, & safety!

This six week session includes two public skating passes.

Equipment Kit: Jersey, Shoulder Pads, Gloves, Elbow Pads, Helmet, Shin guards, Hockey Socks, Hockey Stick, Skates & Equipment Bag.  All included in the price.


Girls CONTINUE to Play Hockey (Ages 4-17)

Girls Continue to Play Hockey

Dates: 1/8/22 - 2/12/22 

Days: Saturdays

Time: 9:55AM - 10:40AM

This program is dedicated to the growth of girls hockey in the St. Louis Area and is a continuation of the learn to play hockey program.  

These sessions bridge the gap between learn to play and league play.  You may register for this program multiple times until your child is ready to begin gameplay.

This six week session includes two free passes to public skating sessions.