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Hockey Programs

About RCRC Hockey

Hockey classes and leagues for both youth and adult are designed for beginner through advanced hockey players. The hockey program is a great way to develop a unique skill, stay active and develop a love for the best game on the ice. Read below for more information on our youth Hockey Academy or find info on our Ice Bears Travel Hockey League and Adult Hockey Programs via these links. 

View a full list of our hockey programs.

Hockey Academy

REGISTRATION PROCESS! Hockey Academy Program registration is on a first come, first serve basis, with certain seasons giving priority registration dates to those who are already enrolled in the program. 

Hockey Registration Schedule
Resident Enrolled in Summer Classes Residents Not Enrolled in Summer Classes Non-Resident Enrolled in Summer Classes Non-Resident Not Enrolled in Winter Classes
Registration opens, Saturday, August 4th at 8:30am Registration opens, Saturday, August 4th at 8:30am Registration opens, Saturday, August 11th at 8:30am Registration opens, Saturday August 11th at 8:30am

The Paul Hruby Ice Arena will be closed for maintenance August 11th-27th. Customer Service is open during regular hours and fitness and dance classes will run as scheduled.

Fall 1 2018 Session Schedule

Wednesday Classes: September 5th-October 17th
Saturday Classes: September 8th-October 20th
Sunday Classes: September 9th-October 21st

Fall 2 2018 Session Schedule

Wednesday Classes: October 24th-December 19th
Saturday Classes: October 27th-December 15th
Sunday Classes: October 28th-December 16th

Youth Hockey Program Offerings

hockeyprogressionbutton.aiThe Hockey Academy is introducing new levels with skill work designed to teach the fundamentals of hockey skating and progressively advance to more difficult skills with the stick and puck. Youth participants start in the lesson program, progress to the Polar Bear Hockey League, and then advance to the Ice Bears Travel Hockey program.

Hockey Academy

The Park District of Oak Park Hockey Academy is a learn-to-skate/learn-to-play program focusing on developing the basics of both skating and hockey specific skills. Based on age, our program is split into two groups; the Polar Cubs (ages 3-5) and Jr. Bears (ages 6 and up). Classes are divided up by skill and often blended when learning skills. These classes operate in 7 to 10 week sessions depending on the season.

In an effort to provide more game play experience, our new Polar Bear Hockey League (PBHL) will be 50 minute time slots with a 3v3, 4v4, and 5v5 format depending on age in a cross ice format. This program is encouraged to be done in conjunction with our Hockey Academy classes to build the necessary skills, however if you're just looking to play, you can! The program is divided into 2 age groups: 5-8 and 9-14. Full equipment is required with this program.

Stick & Puck and Rat Hockey Schedules Spring 2018 (April 6- June 3)

18+ Rat Hockey
Tuesday Thursday
6-7:30am 6-7:30am

Fee: $10, $3 w/ Rink Pass

All Ages Stick and Puck Schedule
Monday Friday Friday
(ladies only)
4-5pm 4-6pm 8:30-9:30pm

Fee: $7, $3 w/ Rink Pass

Stick and Puck Gear Requirements:
17 and under:
  • Helmet w/ Cage
  • Shoulder Pads
  • Elbow Pads
  • Gloves
  • Protective Hockey Pants
  • Shin Pads
  • Skates
18 and Up:
  • Helmet – Full or half shield are HIGHLY recommended
  • Elbow Pads
  • Shin Pads
  • Gloves
  • Skates

GOALIE: Any participants acting as goalie, no matter their age, must be in full goalie gear.


For the safety of all skaters on the ice, each level of the Hockey Academy requires some equipment. Please see our class descriptions for the required equipment at each level.

The Park District of Oak Park proudly utilizes USA Hockey's One Goal Program. The One Goal organization provides starter sets of equipment (no stick) for players generally ages 4-8 new to the game or unable to participate due to the high cost of equipment. One Goal Equipment has limited availabilty and is distributed on a first come, first serve basis and all fittings must be done prior to your first day of class. Quantities are very limited through the summer months. For details, please contact Andy Gerow.

For questions regarding our Hockey Programs, please contact Aquatic and Rink Program Supervisor Andrew Gerow

The Park District of Oak Park is a proud affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks.




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