The Hockey program focuses on teaching basic hockey skills to children, youth, and adults on the autism spectrum in a safe and supportive environment. Participants are introduced to stick handling, passing and shooting, as well as non-competitive scrimmaging.
Hockey is a unique CAN program that provides participants with an entire season of play (20 sessions) that ends with a fun, non-competitive tournament alongside other adaptive teams from around the province. Hockey has a $500 program fee and requires a commitment from parents/guardians to volunteer throughout the hockey season.
Experience the joy of hockey
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.
Teams can also engage in optional ‘club-level’ activities, such as additional practices, personalized jerseys and participation in the annual adapted tournament, when available.
These must be funded separately by each team, with fundraising efforts led by a Club Manager (parent volunteer) and supported by a parent/family committee. Registered participants and families will receive more info on the distinction between the CAN hockey program and optional club-level activities at the beginning of each season
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.
- Child and Youth: 8-18yrs (Locations: Coquitlam, Surrey & Vancouver)
Adult: 19yrs+ (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.
- Must attend mandatory Skate Assessment before enrolment
- 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.
*Adults (19yrs+) do not need skating expertise to participate in the program. If you’d like to join or drop-in, please contact: [email protected]
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.
Registration for Fall opens Mon, Aug 16 at noon
View the Fall program guide to see upcoming locations, dates, and times.
Registration closes on Friday, August 20 at noon.
Login to your membership account when registration opens. Registration is not first-come first-served.*
*Due to the high volume of web traffic we experience when registration opens, you may experience issues logging onto the system. If you are unable to log on, please check back again later in the afternoon or evening. Your registration will not be affected if you submit your requests later in the day or in the week. Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Missed the Fall registration period?
If you would like to submit a late registration request, please email [email protected] with the following:
- name and age of participant
- program you are requesting late registration for
Late registration requests will be considered in the order that they are received.
Please check canucksautism.ca/health for the most-up-to-date information regarding CAN programming.