Benefits of Youth Hockey: Focus, Leadership, Teamwork


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    By: USA Hockey

    Hockey helps boys and girls make big strides on and off the ice. Here are just a few of the positive characteristics youth hockey helps bring out of kids: Adventure, Confidence, Exhilaration, Focus, Friendship, Laughter, Leadership, Pride, Responsibility, Strength, Teamwork and Thrills.

    More than a Game
    Hockey develops skills on the ice that build a foundation for a lifetime. In addition to athletic prowess, youth hockey promotes confidence, pride, focus and responsibility. With an emphasis on fun, hockey is a game to be played and enjoyed for life.

    Life-long Friendships
    Starting with the bonds created in the locker room to the relationships formed on the ice, hockey creates life-long friendships. This camaraderie shared on and off the ice encourages teamwork and the natural development of leadership skills.

    Set Up for Success
    Hockey’s unique source of physical fitness promotes healthy living. It encourages confidence and focus in the classroom.

    Hockey is Fun
    The thrill of carrying the puck up the ice on a breakaway, the exhilaration of scoring your first goal or making that amazing save is possible due to the encouraging environment hockey provides to try new things and grow as a hockey player and person.

    And the First Time May Be Free
    A lot of programs offer Try Hockey for Free programs to allow your child to put on the equipment and take the sport for a test drive. There is a nationwide opportunity for boys and girls ages four to nine have a chance to try hockey for free on Saturday, Feb. 19. Visit for locations near you. For other Try Hockey for Free events throughout the season check out this site.

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