Learn to Play

Learn to Play Hockey with Cape Fear!

When is the best time to start learning hockey? Now! Our Learn to Play program develops skating skills, stick and puck handling, and hockey basics. We follow the American Development Model; a hockey model designed by USA Hockey for successfully developing hockey players. Cape Fear uses this nationwide model to produce skilled players – our love of the game is a bonus that we pass along as well.


In preparation for Learn to Play we strongly recommend  completing a Learn to Skate program. You can register for a Learn to Skate program with Airborne Ice Skating at the Cleland Ice Rink's front office. Players registering for Learn to Play must have basic skating skills and can stand and maneuver on the ice without assistance.

Saturdays 7:45 am - 8:45 am

Session 1:
09/24, 10/01, 10/08, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29


Session 2:
11/12, 11/19, 12/03, 12/10, 12/17, 01/07


Session 3:
01/21, 01/28, 02/04, 02/11, 02/18, 02/25


Session 4:
03/04, 03/11, 03/18, 03/25, 04/01, (04/08 Canceled), 04/15

What to Wear

Players must be in full hockey gear
for this program

Don't have gear? Contact us about our equipment loan program at secretary@capefearhockey.com or you may purchase your own gear.

Also required:
Protective Cup
Skate Guards or Soakers
Water Bottle

Thin clothing to wear under gear

We have straight wooden sticks as well as a variety of donated sticks to choose from. The other items on this list would need to be purchased.

For questions on how to dress your hockey player, we recommend USA Hockey's video here. We can help you at the rink as well.

Equipment Checklist (1)


Jasen Rintala

Learn to Play Head Coach


Ryan Trautmann

Learn to Play Head Coach


Locker Room Policy

Learn To Play skaters will not be assigned a locker room. Please utilize the benches located around the rink to get ready and store your items neatly before getting on the ice.


Have more questions?

Give us a call at (910) 227-3586 or

send us an e-mail at secretary@capefearhockey.com