The Chiefs have 2 options for players new to the sport of hockey...

The first option is Little Blackhawks. The program is a partnership between CUYHA and the Chicago Blackhawks.

1st Option:

Little Blackhawks Registration Fee ($250) Includes:

  • Six (6) to eight (8) weeks of ice time and lessons at a local rink (U of I)
  • Brand-new head-to-toe equipment to keep 
  • Appearances by Chicago Blackhawks Alumni
  • One (1) ticket to a Chicago Blackhawks home game in the 2023-2024 season
  • Register using the link below

The second option is the CUYHA Learn To Play Program.

2nd Option:

CUYHA Learn-to-play Hockey Fee ($135+ Equipment Cost):

  • includes 6-8 weeks of ice time and lessons
  • equipment is available for a rental fee or provided by the family
  • Registration link is on the right side if viewing on a computer or at the bottom of the page if using a mobile device

Important Notes:

  • Players will need a USA Hockey Number in order to register.

Link to USA Hockey: https://membership.usahockey.com/

  • Please only register your player for one program.


4-9 year olds that are new to hockey


Tuesdays from 6 pm-6:50 pm


Practice will be at The U of I Ice arena.

The Address:

406 E Armory Ave, Champaign, IL 61820


LTP and Little Blackhawks will practice on Tuesdays from 6:00 pm- 6:50 pm for the fall session,

Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child need to have skating experience?

No. The Learn-To-Skate Program us designed to take a skater from zero experience to entry level hockey skills.

What is the difference between House and Learn-To-Skate?

House is for 6-12 year old children who have the ability to control movement and can move autonomously on the ice. House has 3 opportunities to skate a week. Two Skills practices and one scrimmage practice a week. Learn-To-Skate is to try hockey and learn basic skills.

Can my child us their own equipment?

Yes, As long as the helmet has a valid sticker and the equipment is in good working order. All equipment should fit properly.

Learn to Play- Fall 23-24

Minor Hawks is our learn-to-play hockey program in Champaign. For 8 weeks, your player will be given on-ice instruction by seasoned hockey coaches who will take your new player through drills and skating techniques as they progress over the 8 weeks.  

Players typically skate for 2 Minor Hawk Sessions before transitioning into our House League program. Some skaters may transition sooner at the coach's discretion.  

All Minor Hawk players will need to obtain a USA Hockey Number to complete the registration process. 

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