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The Mile High Mites Learn to Play program is open for registration for events this summer and beyond.
The program is in partnership with the NHL and NHLPA, and it provides participants with a full set of sized hockey gear, six on-ice sessions with and the possibility of one session with a Colorado Avalanche alumni. Registration is $229 per player with limited availability depending on the location. Mile High Mites is also in partnership with local Colorado Hockey associations and includes some sessions in Wyoming and Utah.
The program is for first-time participants who have not registered before or with a youth hockey association.
“Mile High Mites is about giving that opportunity to families who have not had an opportunity, or considered, the game of hockey,” senior program manager of amateur hockey development Justin Ellison said. “There are barriers inherent in the game of hockey in terms of cost and accessibility. This is a low risk, low cost option for families to try it.”
The full set of provided hockey gear includes: Mile High Mites jersey, helmet, skates, gloves, shoulder pads, shin guards, elbow pads, pants, equipment bag and a Mile High Mites stick, all to keep after the program. The gear is shipped to participants home, and participants come fully dressed and ready to skate.
Mile High Mites has helped 6,500 kids get started since 2016. Mile High Mites is partnered with CAHA to promote the game of hockey and gives kids the opportunity to start with Mile High Mites and continue playing hockey with CAHA programs.
As of now, Mile High Mites has 20 sessions planned over the next six weeks with more to come. Go to the Mile High Mites web page at co.hockey.com to find out more information, register or fill out an interest form to stay informed on future sessions.
Participants get coaching from USA Hockey certified instructors.
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