NHL team launches free youth hockey clinics

If you have a young child whose goal is to play hockey, a new program from the Columbus Blue Jackets might be just the ticket.

The new Get Out And Learn! (G.O.A.L!) program debuts Feb. 22 at Winter Park in McFerson Commons. Five clinics are scheduled, with more to come. Advance registration is required at bluejackets.com/goal.

The on-ice sessions are open to children ages 5-8 who have no formal skating or hockey experience, though basic skating experience is recommended. Hockey equipment is not required. Each session is limited to 50 participants.

The free, one-hour, on-ice sessions will be taught by USA Hockey certified coaches, who will review basic skating and hockey skills, including stick handling, passing and shooting. Skate rental is included, and each child will receive a stick and program jersey. Parents will receive information about hockey programs available through OhioHealth Chiller Ice Rinks.

Other clinic dates include:

March 10, OhioHealth Chiller Dublin March 19, OhioHealth Chiller Easton March 25, OhioHealth Ice Haus April 10, OhioHealth Chiller North

G.O.A.L! is part of the Industry Growth Fund, which was created by the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association to help grow the game of hockey.