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Learn basic hockey skills such as stick handling, passing and shooting.


Children, Youth, Young Adult


Lower Mainland




Hockey introduces participants to basic hockey skills such as stick handling, passing and shooting. Lessons also include fun, non-competitive scrimmaging.

Hockey is a Special Opportunity Program delivered by the Canucks Autism Network. Special Opportunity Programs are unique programs offered in limited locations and created based on a combination of factors including potential partners, local interests, and available funding.

Experience the joy of hockey


Program Structure

The hockey programs runs for 55 minutes, once per week, from October to March (6 month commitment).

  • In each lesson, there are up to 21 participants who are supported by coaches, support workers, and volunteers.
  • Lessons include individual and small group skill practice, group games, and scrimmages.
  • This program is specifically designed and adapted for individuals on the autism spectrum. We kindly ask that parents and siblings remain on the side.

Supports Provided

At Canucks Autism Network, we strive to meet the needs of each participant through parent collaboration.
Please do not hesitate to speak with coaches and on-site staff about support strategies that work for your child (e.g., visual schedules, first-then boards, token systems, social stories, etc.).
Please email [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

A coach and a child with autism on the ice together in our hockey program
A child with autism in our I CAN Play Hockey program

Program Criteria

  • Child and Youth: Ages 8-18 (Locations: Surrey & Vancouver)
    Adult: 19+ (Location: Vancouver)
    Must be of correct age when starting the program
  • Have an autism diagnosis, and an active CAN Membership
  • Commit to attend session on a weekly basis for the duration of the program (6 months) – See Attendance Policy
  • Pay a subsidized program registration fee of $500
    Hockey fees are eligible to be paid through a participant’s Autism Funding. A fee assistance program is also available for those in need. See Payment Options.
  • Commit to participate in team fundraising efforts
  • Must provide own equipment – a full equipment list, along with information on stores that may offer a reduced price for CAN participants, will be emailed out to all confirmed hockey participants.
  • Parents/guardians must sign the Hockey Parent Agreement Form in order for their child to participate in the program.

Skating pre-requisites

Hockey participants must be able to independently demonstrate the following skating skills:

  • Fall down and get up
  • Balance on one foot on the spot (right foot-left foot)
  • One foot push glide sequence around circle (right foot-left foot)
  • Snow plow full stop
  • Step and plant (intro to crossover)
  • Forward skating perimeter of ice space with stride

These skills are assessed on CAN Skate program report cards.

Participants interested in the next season of hockey (October 2018-March 2019), are encouraged to sign-up and attend a skate assessment on Saturday, April 14th, 8:30am-9:45am, at the Surrey Sports and Leisure Complex. This will be an evaluation on the skills listed above (in the Skating prerequisites).

Registration for this assessment is completed through a participant’s online account (, and will open Monday, March 19th, at noon, and close Friday, March 23rd, at noon.  


Registration Closed

Registration for the 2017-18 hockey season is now closed. Registration for the 2018-19 season will open in August 2018.