For the 2024-25 Season…

PAMHA is hosting NHL/NHLPA First Shift!

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registration page opens June 3rd, 2024 at 12 PM ET (noon)

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, 2014 and May 1, 2019

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: Equipment is YOURS TO KEEP!  Yes, participants keep the equipment.

Schedule and Dates:

Welcome Event – Sunday October 20th, 2024

Location – To Be Determined

Time – 2:00 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 26th to Saturday November 30th, 2024

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

  • Saturday October 26th
  • Saturday November 2nd
  • Saturday November 9th
  • Saturday November 16th
  • Saturday November 23rd
  • Saturday November 30th

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

In the unlikely event we are unable to start on October 26th then November 2nd will be the first session and our final session would be Saturday December 7th.


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 (subject to availability).  We will also offer a Transition Program for participants choosing to continue.  The Transition Program will continue the Hockey Canada Curriculum from the initial 6 sessions while maintaining the First Shift principles of being affordable, manageable, safe and fun!  Registration costs for either option are To Be Determined.  There is no obligation to continue after the initial 6 On-Ice Sessions

More Information:

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