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*Fall will be a 10-week course not including holidays



Introducing - Tot Play! This program is designed for parents and their little ones to get on the ice together in a loosely structured fun environment. The program is designed for ages 2-6 to aid in the development, coordination and socialization of your skater. Bring your skates or get used to the ice in your favorite pair of snow boots! Parental participation and supervision is required. Helmets are required for children and recommended for parents/guardians.

Typically, Tuesday/Thursday from 8:00am - 9:00am



This is a learn to skate program for players who are new to the ice. Players at this level will learn skating basics such as falling down and getting up safely, marching in place, gliding and turning. Players in this class will develop confidence on the ice and comfort in both skates and basic pads. Equipment required: skates, helmet, knee/shin pads, and gloves.

Saturdays from 7:40am - 8:20am, 8:30am - 9:10am, 9:20am - 10:00am, 10:10am - 10:50am



Players in this program must have passed Beginner Blackhawks. At this level, players will continue to develop skating fundamentals such as forward stride, backwards skating, stopping, and basic edge control. Sticks and pucks will be introduced at this level to teach participants how to skate with a stick and learn the fundamentals of puck control. Equipment required: skates, helmet with full face shield/cage, shin pads. gloves, elbow pads, pants, shoulder pads, and stick.

Saturdays from 7:40am - 8:20am, 8:30am - 9:10am, 9:20am - 10:00am, 10:10am - 10:50am



Skaters at this level must have passed Beginner Blackhawks and Minor Hawks. This class works to prepare players for an ADM experience. Players will refine forward skating, backwards skating, stopping, and edge work. Players will also begin passing, shooting and learning about situational play. Equipment required: skates, shin pads, hockey pants, shoulder pads, elbow pads, gloves, helmet, and stick.

Saturdays from 7:40am - 8:20am, 8:30am - 9:10am, 9:20am - 10:00am, 10:10am - 10:50am



Developed with the help of experts from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada, the Learn to Play initiative aims to be the gold standard for youth hockey programs with the goal of inspiring more families to join the hockey community. Learn to Play changes the way youth hockey is offered by providing first time participants, between 4-9 years of age, head-to-toe equipment, age appropriate instruction and certified coaching in a fun and safe atmosphere.

*This program is offered for first-timers only. If you participated in Little Blackhawks previously or if you have an already registered USA Hockey number, you cannot enroll this year. Little Blackhawks is offered once a year and registration is currently not open*

ADM (American Development Model) TEAMS

The ADM is USA Hockey's nationwide player-development program for youth hockey associations, It's based on age-appropriate, age-specific competition and training for boys and girls, beginning with their first steps onto the ice and preparing them for a lifelong passion for the sport of hockey. ADM teams are offered through the Chicago Jets and Chicago Stallions. Click on the logos below for more information.

Stallions Chicago Hockey
Jets Chicago Hockey Club
After completing the Blackhawks Rookies program at Fifth Third Arena, players have the option to join an American Development Model (ADM) program run by the Chicago Stallions at Fifth Third Arena or through the Chicago Jets at Johnny's Ice House. Click the team logo to view each program's specific date, time, and age information.


  • “This program and the coaches are amazing. I also appreciate the routine email updates regarding classes and events. “
  • “We are glad to be part of this family and give our child the opportunity to develop under the eyes of people who are not only well qualified but also passionate about the sport.”
  • "I couldn’t possibly offer a stronger endorsement of this program. I was impressed by every aspect. The cost is unmatched and the quality of instruction and number of coaches really impressed me. "
  • “Coaches are very professional and extremely engaged. Absolutely thrilled with the entire program.”