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Registration for a hockey program that teaches kids how to play is now open.

The Little Wild Learn to Play Hockey Program is designed for kids ages 5-8 who haven’t played organized hockey before, but do have the ability to skate the width of the ice without help, a news release from the city of Plymouth says.

USA Hockey-certified coaches will lead the program this September at the Plymouth Ice Center, 3650 Plymouth Blvd.

Registration is $130 for four, one-hour sessions, and includes a full set of equipment (helmet, gloves, shoulder pads, skates, a stick, elbow pads, hockey pants/breezers, shin guards, socks, jersey and bag). Participants will also get a ticket to a preseason Minnesota Wild game. 

“For families that have never tried hockey, purchasing all new equipment can be very costly,” Georgia Heller, community relations and hockey partnerships coordinator at the Minnesota Wild, said in the release. “The purpose of the Little Wild program is to help eliminate the barriers to entry by providing all necessary equipment and hands-on instruction at a low cost.”

The Wayzata Youth Hockey Association pays for the ice time for the program in an effort to introduce the sport to more people within the community, the release said.

To register for the program, visit wild.com/littlewild.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.

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