In October, Midcoast Recreation Center again will host the Boston Bruins Learn to Play Hockey Program.

It is an introductory program that helps children who want to learn to play hockey take their first steps in the sport. Available to girls and boys born 2010-2014, the Bruins Academy is a four-week, on-ice program led by certified coaches.

Participants receive a full set of CCM equipment— including skates, jersey and an equipment bag— as well as a professional-personalized fitting as part of the program.

The Boston Bruin Academy is only available to youth who are new to the sport.

Children who have completed the program or took part in MRC’s 8U hockey program are not eligible to participate. Children who played in MRC’s 6U, Learn to Play Hockey, or Learn to Skate programs are still eligible.

The Bruins have worked to expand their Learn to Play Hockey program and now have more than 80 locations across New England. Last season they introduced more than 5,000 children to the sport of hockey and donated $2.5 million worth of equipment to the next generation of hockey players.

Registration opens on Wednesday, July 10, and for more information, visit

Questions can be emailed to the Boston Bruins at, or Jesse Simko, MRC arena director, at

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