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The First Shift
Submitted By Tina Dawson on Tuesday, June 26, 2018
North Durham Minor Hockey is pleased to be hosting The First Shift by Canadian Tire this season!


The CANADIAN TIRE FIRST SHIFT program is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families. We want families to experience the game at its best — to understand why so many Canadians feel an inherent love for the sport, and to stimulate a desire for continued participation. We want to take away any intimidation as it relates to equipment requirements, and/or rules of the game, remove potential safety concerns, and most importantly, provide an experience that is memorable and fun.


We believe in all hockey has to offer kids, their families and our communities. We designed the CANADIAN TIRE FIRST SHIFT to facilitate entry into hockey by offering a program that is ACCESSIBLE, AFFORDABLE, SAFE, and most importantly, FUN! We cannot wait to help your kids fall in love with hockey.


  • Affordable
  • Manageable (time commitment)
  • Safe
  • Fun!

Participant registration fee of $199 includes:

  • BAUER Equipment (Head-to-Toe)
  • Welcome Event
  • Equipment fitting demonstration
  • Expert fit session and equipment distribution

Program Capacity

  • A Program Maximum Capacity: 45 participants, 10 on ice instructors
  • B Program Maximum Capacity: 30 participants, 7 on ice instructors

On-Ice Experience including;

  • 6 Weeks, 1 session/week, 1 hour on a consistent day and time
  • Focus on Fun and Learn to Play
  • Insurance for participants

Hockey Canada On-Ice Curriculum


Hockey Canada has created a fun curriculum that focuses on:

  • Small areas games and skills stations active
  • Wide variety of skating skills, puck handling, passing and shooting exercises
  • Discovering the sport through variety of basic motor movement patterns
  • Fun games to ensure participants enjoy a full range of hockey experiences

Praise and encouragement will serve as the foundation of the instructor’s approach to working with all participants.

For more information and to register, visit

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