Cleveland Monsters to "Grow the Game" Alongside Newly Announced 2018-19 Certified Learn to Play Programs


Monsters team with local associations to promote youth hockey participation in Northeast Ohio.

The Cleveland Monsters, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, announced Wednesday that, for the first time, the team will partner with 12 local rinks and youth hockey associations this year, named as the Monsters’ 2018-19 Certified Learn to Play Programs, to help increase participation in youth hockey in Northeast Ohio as part of the team’s signature “Grow the Game” initiative.

Each of the Monsters’ 2018-19 Certified Learn to Play Programs will receive support from the Monsters in the form of physical resources, marketing help, and financial assistance. In return, selected programs will adhere to an agreed-upon standard of instruction and work with the Monsters to maximize the team’s impact on the youth hockey community in Northeast Ohio. For more information on the Monsters’ 2018-19 Certified Learn to Play Programs, visit

“As an organization, we are extremely excited to team up with our Certified Learn to Play partners,” said Monsters COO/SVP of Franchise Operations Mike Ostrowski on Wednesday. “Together, we look forward to continuing to support the growth of youth hockey in the greater Cleveland community and aiding these programs in expanding their reach and participation numbers in the coming season and beyond.”

              2018-19 Cleveland Monsters Learn to Play Certified Programs


Organization Home Facility Community
AJ Vincent Beginner’s Program at Elyria North Park Ice Rink Elyria, OH
Brooklyn Youth Hockey John M. Coyne Recreation Center Brooklyn, OH
Canton-Akron Hockey Association Center Ice Sports Complex North Canton, OH
Cleveland Heights Tigers Cleveland Heights Community Center Cleveland Heights, OH
Cleveland Skating Club Cleveland Skating Club Shaker Heights, OH
Gilmour Youth Hockey Gilmour Ice Academy Gates Mills, OH
Lake Erie Panthers C.E. Orr Arena Euclid, OH
Learn to Play Hockey at Kent Kent State Ice Arena Kent, OH
Mentor Cardinals Mentor Civic Arena Mentor, OH
North Olmsted Eagles North Olmsted Recreation Center North Olmsted, OH
OBM Arena Learn to Play OBM Arena Strongsville, OH
Starter Hockey Program at The Pond The Pond Chagrin Falls, OH