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Youth hockey programs expanding with arrival of Seattle Kraken

Take your game to the next level — or learn to skate.

With the Seattle Kraken set to begin the NHL season this fall, everybody is catching hockey fever!

Kids will be able to take to the ice in a variety of youth hockey programs, from skating basics to competitive leagues.

These new programs take place at Kraken Community Iceplex in Seattle’s Northgate area.

Registration deadline is Aug. 18, and most programs start in mid-September. Here are some of the offerings:

Youth hockey programs

Learn to Skate: for kids 3 and up. 30-minute weekly classes (in seven-week sessions) that include free skate rental and three skate passes. BYO helmet. Note: Learn to Skate programs can be a pathway to hockey, figure skating or just fun. There are classes for adults, too!

Learn to Play: for kids 5 and up; must have basic skating ability. Seven-week sessions, 45 minutes per class. There are “learn to play” classes through both the Kraken and the NHL; see which is a better fit.

Kraken Youth Hockey Association:

Jr Squid is for youth ages 6-9 with previous hockey experience: play for a half-season of full season, one weekday practice plus one weekend practice or game

Jr Kraken is a higher level of competition for youth ages 6-12 with previous competitive, full-season hockey experience. There are two hourlong weekday practices and one weekend game each week.

All programs are coed, and the Kraken is committed to addressing barriers to participation in ice sports. Financial assistance is available for all programs.


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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.