For the 2023-24 Season…

PAMHA is hosting an NHL/NHLPA First Shift!

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First Shift is designed to ensure a positive experience for new-to-hockey families by making hockey affordable, manageable (time commitment), safe and fun!

The program is open to participants 6 to 10 years old* who have never previously enrolled in minor hockey within Canada or the NHL/NHLPA First Shift Program.

*To be eligible to participate, children must be born between January 1, 2013 and May 1, 2018

For $299, participants receive:

  • Head-to-Toe Bauer Equipment, including Skates
  • Expert equipment fitting at our Welcome Event
  • 6 On-Ice Sessions that are always on the same day of the week, same time and same arena
  • Hockey Canada on-ice curriculum
  • Focus on Fun!

Participant Equipment Package

Each participant will be expertly fit with head-to-toe Bauer equipment at the Welcome Event.  Equipment includes:

  • Skates
  • Stick
  • Gloves
  • Helmet including face mask
  • Shoulder & elbow pads
  • Pants & shin guards
  • Neck guard
  • Jock/Jill under protective shorts
  • Bag
  • Socks & Jersey

          Important Note: Participants keep the equipment!

Schedule and Dates:

Welcome Event – Sunday October 15th, 2023

Location – Boys and Girls Club

270 Windsor Street
Thunder Bay ON
1:00 pm

The Bauer Fitting Team will be on-site to do a Welcome Presentation and an Equipment Fit Demonstration.  Participants will then be fitted with Head-to-Toe Bauer equipment that they can keep.

On-Ice Sessions – Saturday October 15th to Saturday November 25th, 2023

The On-Ice schedule will be confirmed in August.  Once started, all sessions will run at the same time and same arena for each week.

  • Saturday October 21st
  • Saturday October 28th
  • Saturday November 4th
  • Saturday November 11th
  • Saturday November 18th
  • Saturday November 25th

All dates at 12:00 pm at Grandview Arena, 300 Madeline St. Thunder Bay, ON, P7A 5V6.

On-Ice Programming:

The On-Ice Programming will follow the Hockey Canada Curriculum for U7.  Our Programming will be similar to the highly successful U7 Program delivered by PAMHA

Transition Program:

Upon completion of the 6 On-Ice Sessions, we will look to have participants join a team in the appropriate age group.  Depending on available spots, we may offer a Transition Program for participants choosing to continue.  Registration costs for either option are TBD.  There is no obligation to continue.  The Transition Program will maintain the First Shift principles of being affordable, manageable, safe and fun!

More Information:

For more Information, please contact one of our PAMHA Program Administrators at