We first published the details on Try Ice Hockey for Free Day in 2013. We continue to update this multiple times a year as new dates are added.
In the colder months, we focus our attention on indoor sports and activities for our families. Saturday, February 25, 2023, USA Hockey and over 500 local programs across the country will encourage kids, ages 4 to 9, to come to a local participating rink and participate in a try ice hockey for free day as part of Hockey Week Across America.
New Jersey has listed locations for Try Ice Hockey for Free events (see below – this article is being updated for February 25, 2023). Be sure to register prior by visiting Try Ice Hockey For Free as all locations have a limited amount of equipment available for use. There you can find the closest participating location to you.
Watch this video about Try Ice Hockey for Free Day!
A few quick things to know about Try Ice Hockey for Free Day
Kids should have some comfort on the ice – there are no skating lessons that day, only hockey instruction.
Parents are not allowed on the ice.
When we attended the event years ago, we were told ice skating experience wasn’t required. However, when we visited the Flyers SkateZone in Atlantic City we discovered that since parents aren’t allowed on the ice and there is not enough staff to help all kids, my boys really were at a disadvantage. It would have been more beneficial if we had taken them ice skating a few times before attending.
Grab your coat, gloves, and hat, and bring the kids for a day full of ice hockey fun. What a great, FREE way to try something new!
Try Ice Hockey for Free Day participating New Jersey rinks by county:
As of January 31, 2023 there are only 3 confirmed locations in New Jersey participating in the Try Ice Hockey for Free Day.
Burlington County Locations
Igloo Ice Rink – 3033 Fostertown Rd, Mt Laurel Township, NJ 08054, Saturday Afternoon
Camden County Locations
- Pennsauken Skatezone – 6725 River Road, Pennsauken, NJ 08110, Saturday Morning, confirmed for 2023. Register at https://www.tryhockeyforfree.com/event_detail/1561.
Flyers Skate Zone – 601 Laurel Oak Road, Voorhees, NJ 08043
Essex County Locations
Prudential Center – 25 Lafayette Street, Newark – Prudential Center’s try ice hockey day event begins at 4:30 PM. Clary Anderson Arena – 41 Chestnut Street, Montclair, NJ 07042 – Saturday Morning
Gloucester County Locations
Holly Dell Ice Arena, 601 Holly Dell Drive, Sewell – Gloucester County’s try ice hockey free day event begins at 1:30 PM
Mercer County Locations
Ice Land Skating Center, 6 Tennis Ct, Hamilton Township, NJ 08619 – Saturday Morning
Middlesex County Locations
Proskate, 1000 Cornwall Road, Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852 – ProSkate does not appear to be participating in the regular Try Hockey for Free Day. However, they are hosting a Girls Try Hockey for Free event on Sunday, March 13. Learn more at theirwebsite. Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07095 – Saturday Morning
Monmouth County Locations
- Middletown Sports Complex, 214 Harmony Rd, Middletown, NJ, confirmed for 2023. Register at https://www.tryhockeyforfree.com/event_detail/1748.
Morris County Locations
- Mennen Arena, 161 East Hanover Avenue, Morristown – Morris County’s try ice hockey day event begins at 3:00 PM, confirmed for 2023. Register at https://www.tryhockeyforfree.com/event_detail/1393.
Sussex County Locations
Skylands, 2765 State Highway 23, Stockholm – Sussex County’s try ice hockey day event begins at 2:30 PM
Be sure to register prior by visiting Try Ice Hockey For Free.
Monday 3rd of November 2014
My son is 5. Do you have any availability for the free hockey trial on Sat Nov 8th? Thanks
Tuesday 4th of November 2014
Monika, you need to follow the links to register. We are only promoting the event but are not involved with the registration for the event. ~Jenn
Tuesday 4th of February 2014
My boys will love this opportunity :)