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Instructional Hockey

Panther Paws Winter 2017-18 Session

Panther Paws classes are offered on Tuesdays or Sundays.

Winter Registration Begins:
In-District Franklin Park Residents - November 14 (In Person or Online)
Open Registration - November 15 (In Person or Online)

  • Winter Session: November 28, 2017 - February 25, 2018
  • Class will meet on the Main Arena the following dates:
    • Groups 1, 2 & 3 - February 25 @ 9:20am
    • Groups 4 & 5/6 - Jan 21 @ 9:20am & Feb 25 @ 8:10am

Panther Paws Hockey Development

Panther Paws classes cover skating and hockey basics for youngsters ages 3 and up. Class time is dedicated to skill development through drills and on ice games. Panther Paws consists of 6 levels or groups where skaters begin in Group 1 and progress as they improve in their skating and hockey skills.  Based on prior experience, skaters may be moved to a higher group but all must begin in Group 1. Groups 1-3 end with a cross ice game on the big ice and Groups 4-6 have 2 games on the big ice; one halfway through the session and one at the end.


Skaters are taught 10 skills during the session.  As skaters become stronger in their skating, the skills they’re learning become slightly more challenging.  It is important skaters learn each skill properly and consistently so they have more success as they move up groups. Skaters are evaluated at the end of the session and either move to the next group, remain in the current group or get put into an "advanced" group of their current group. Please see the evaluation form below that is used for each group.


Hockey skates can be rented from the front desk weekly or families can provide their own. A helmet (hockey or otherwise) is required for Groups 1 and 2, but a helmet with a face mask is required for Group 3 along with a hockey stick. Full equipment with exception to shoulder pads is required for Groups 4-6. As pucks are used, full equipment is necessary for the safety of skaters.

FREE Instructional Hockey Practices


Instructional Hockey FREE Practice Sessions open to current Panther Paws students.  

Are you registered for one of our Instructional Hockey Classes? If so, you can come to our FREE practice sessions on the Studio Arena. Taking one class per week is not enough to master this FUN sport. PRACTICE-PRACTICE-PRACTICE is the key to success!

No chairs, sticks or pucks allowed during Instructional Hockey practice sessions, skating only! Only the registered student is allowed on the ice.

Free Practice Sessions for Fall 2017 
Tuesdays: 3:30-4:00pm
Fridays: 4:05-4:50pm

The chart that you see above will be implemented for the 2016-2017 season. Any new Tier III players who have planned to play for Franklin Park for 2015-2016 that are coming from instructional hockey, Silver Mites, or another facility will not be subject to these guidelines. Therefore, any skaters in instructional classes/Jr. Panthers in 2015-2016 sessions must plan to be held to the standards set in the above chart.