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Try Hockey with the Mile High Mites and Hockey 101

By Scott Cattelino, 02/13/16, 8:00PM MST


The NHL, USA Hockey, Colorado Avalanche, and CAHA team up to provide kids a chance to learn to play hockey

Excited participants and their parents listen intently to the topics covered at one of the Hockey 101 sessions designed to inform new players and their parents on what to expect when starting hockey

Hyland Hills Hockey Director Tyson Davis addresses questions and expectations from new hockey participants and parents at the Hockey 101 session as part of the Mile High Mites Learn to Play Program

Help start your child's lifelong love of hockey with the Mile High Mites Program

     There are so many questions that need to be answered when getting your child started in the game of hockey.  Where do I start?  How do I get the equipment and how do I put it on my child?  What do I do when they have to use the bathroom after I get it all on?  And, probably one of the most frequently asked: Can I afford it?

     Thanks to the collaboration among the NHL, USA Hockey, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association, those questions and many more are now being addressed as part of the fantastic new Mile High Mites Learn to Play Hockey program.

     Included in the program is an opportunity to attend one of three Hockey 101 Parent Night sessions hosted by the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center.  The Hockey 101 sessions are designed specifically to make these new families comfortable, to let them know what to expect when their child begins to play hockey, and how to make it a good experience for the kids and the parents. 

     This program is aimed at 8U players new to hockey and will outfit them from helmet to skates, give them 6 on-ice sessions, Avalanche game tickets, and outdoor game tickets for a ridiculous price.  The goal is to introduce new players to the game and retain a high percentage to help grow the sport.  

     The Mile High Mites program allows for kids that are not currently registered with USA Hockey and the Colorado Amateur Hockey Association the opportunity to bridge the gap between the normal Try Hockey for Free day and a full season program at a ridiculously low financial commitment. 

     This inaugural session was capped at 300 participants which filled very quickly.  The hope is to hold another one of these 6 on-ice Learn to Play sessions in the late summer leading into next years hockey season with all of the same elements minus the outdoor game.  If your are interested please contact the Colorado Avalanche Amateur Hockey Sales Department at (303)615-6825 or email

     A hand shot up in the Audience of the Hockey 101 session that I attended at the beginning of the year, but it was not to ask one of those many questions.  "I just want to thank you so much for this program and opportunity, my kids have been dying to play hockey and I just couldn't afford it until now," said one of the new hockey moms in the crowd, as a loud ovation broke out amongst the other participants.  

Colorado Select Girls Hockey Association Director Kendall Hanley talks about some of the things that are to be expected when your child starts to play hockey

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